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Why a graduate degree?

Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering

Why might you want to go to graduate or professional school?

  • If you further your engineering studies through a graduate program, you will get the opportunity to specialize in an area and you have the freedom to choose that area.
  • It will more than likely lead to an increased number of job opportunities (and a larger starting salary).
  • You want to further improve your problem solving skills.
  • You're looking for new challenges.
  • You can develop your public speaking and writing skills.
  • You want to teach at a university.
  • There is another job you want and you need a graduate or professional degree to get it. 

Is graduate study in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or geodetic engineering the right choice for you?

  • Graduate study is an important decision that can change the trajectory of your career.

Are you looking for knowledge that allows you to dig deeper than you could while obtaining your Bachelor's degree?

  • Most of our students attend graduate school because they want to learn more about topics they studied as an undergraduate. In addition, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is now in support of requiring a Master's degree or equivalent as a prerequisite for the Professional Engineer's license.  

Do you want to teach?

  • Many states now require a Master's degree or equivalent to teach in any capacity, and a Ph.D. degree or equivalent is the only way to acquire a teaching position at a research-intensive institution of higher education.

Are you simply looking for a larger paycheck?

  • Americans with a graduate degree earn an average of 35% to 50% more than those having only a bachelor's degree.

Whether you are considering a Ph.D. or Master's degree, and whether you wish to specialize in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or geodetic engineering, the Civil Engineering Graduate Program at The Ohio State University offers students an enriching intellectual environment enhanced by unique research experiences in state-of-the-art laboratory and experimental facilities. We offer a challenging environment designed to provide students with resources to pursue interests in various areas of civil engineering, environmental engineering, and geodetic sciences. You will learn from faculty who are among the best in the nation and around the world.

Our graduate program leads to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering, with specializations in the areas of construction, structures, transportation, water resources and environmental engineering, and geoinformation and geodetic engineering. A dual M.S. degree is offered in Urban Transportation Planning in conjunction with the Department of City and Regional Planning in the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, and other dual M.S.