Civil Engineering

California State University Fullerton

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
15457 USD/year
10764 USD/year
10764 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering at California State University Fullerton is intended to meet the needs of students who wish to prepare for careers in areas such as construction and project management, design and analysis of complex systems (including structures, such as tall buildings and bridges), environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering.


The Civil Engineering program provides advanced study within the area of civil engineering and allows students to select coursework, with adviser approval, in the areas of construction engineering and management, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering and water resources engineering.

The primary goal of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department’s degree program is to provide students with the educational background and tools required for them to excel in their intended profession in Civil Engineering. The areas of focus in the civil engineering program are structural, geotechnical, water resources, environmental, construction, transportation and architectural engineering. Most course topics are well integrated with computer-aided analysis and design tools.

One of the major objectives of this program is to provide design experience to students gradually from the very beginning years until they graduate, through a variety of courses. During this time, they also learn about safety, reliability, ethics, and socially and globally sensitive problems.


Learning is preeminent at California State University Fullerton. We aspire to combine the best qualities of teaching and research universities where actively engaged students, faculty and staff work in close collaboration to expand knowledge.

We are a comprehensive, regional university with a global outlook, located in Orange County, a technologically rich and culturally vibrant area of metropolitan Los Angeles. Our expertise and diversity serve as a distinctive resource and catalyst for partnerships with public and private organizations. We strive to be a center of activity essential to the intellectual, cultural and economic development of our region.


  • To ensure the preeminence of learning
  • To provide high-quality programs that meet the evolving needs of our students, community and region
  • To enhance scholarly and creative activity
  • To make collaboration integral to our activities
  • To create an environment where all students have the opportunity to succeed
  • To increase external support for university programs and priorities
  • To expand connections and partnerships with our region
  • To strengthen institutional effectiveness, collegial governance and our sense of community

Programme Structure

Courses include

  •  Theory of Plates and Shells 
  •  The Finite Element Method
  •  Solid Waste Management, System Design and Sustainability 
  •  Theory of Elasticity 
  •  Advanced Topics in Structural Steel Design 
  •  Advanced Topics in Reinforced Concrete Design 
  •  Earthquake Engineering 
  •  Matrix Methods of Structural Analysis 
  •  Advanced Construction Methods and Techniques 
  •  Groundwater and Seepage 
  •  Construction Methods and Equipment for Heavy Construction Engineering 
  •  Preconstruction Design Evaluation 
  •  Advanced Foundation Engineering 
  •  Slope Stability and Retaining Structures 
  •  Surface Water Pollution and Control 
  •  Advanced Soil Mechanics 
  •  Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  •  Theory of Elastic Stability 
  •  Major Commercial Project Development and Management 
  •  Construction Cost Control, Scheduling and Planning
  •  Cost Estimating and Bidding Strategy 
  •  Environmental and Public Transportation Regulations 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
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Other requirements

General requirements

Minimum GPA of 3.0 for applicants with undergraduate degrees from non-ABET accredited international institutions Students not meeting the above requirements may be admitted and will be required to take additional prerequisite coursework. Any student entering the M.S. degree program without a B.S. in Civil Engineering will be required to complete deficiency courses prior to beginning coursework for the master’s degree. All deficiency courses must be completed before the final semester of coursework. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department does not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15457 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15457 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    10764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10764 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    10764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10764 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.

Non-Resident Tuition Fee: An additional $396 per unit of enrollment


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Civil Engineering
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