Stony Brook University

M.S. and Ph.D in Civil Engineering

Program Description

The Department of Civil Engineering, in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, offers graduate work leading to the MS and PhD degrees, and a graduate certificate. The overarching mission of the graduate programs is to train the next generation of civil engineers to make important discoveries, develop new technologies, and apply novel approaches to ensure the safety, resilience, and sustainability of our basic infrastructure systems. Our programs in Civil Engineering offer students a broad curriculum with the opportunity to pursue advanced studies in the major areas of civil engineering. The programs emphasize interdisciplinary approaches in solving society’s most pressing problems, with an emphasis on restoring and improving urban infrastructure. The faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering is actively involved in state-of-the-art research and work collaboratively with graduate students on projects that are both applied and fundamental in nature. The MS program is designed to provide students with greater depth in a particular area in civil engineering for further advanced study or pursuing a career as professional engineers. The PhD program aims to prepare students for a research career in academia, government or private laboratories, R&D in industry, or elsewhere.

Focus Areas

  • Coastal Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geosystems Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  • Smart Civil Infrastructure Systems

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Architect
  • Structural Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • CAD Technician
  • Civil Engineer
  • Professor or Researcher
  • R & D
  • Project Manager

Target audience


Program Format


Educational Level Prerequisites

Bachelor’s/ Master’s Degree

Program Type

Degree Program

Expected Outcomes