Professional Masters Degree (ME)

Purpose and Overview

The Master’s of Engineering (ME) degree offers excellent preparation for a career as a practicing Civil Engineer. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which is the governing body for civil engineering practice in the US, recommends a Master’s degree for persons seeking employment and licensure as a civil engineer[1]. It is widely accepted that the Master’s degree offers students the opportunity to specialize within the broad field civil engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at UVA offers four “tracks” to the ME degree, each corresponding to a sub-specialty within CEE. Click on the program name below to view the corresponding curriculum. Note that each curriculum contains a footnote summarizing required pre-requisite undergraduate courses for the track. In some instances, certain pre-requisites can be taken concurrently with graduate courses. Also, each of the tracks can be modified with approval from the graduate adviser and the CEE Graduate Director.

For each track, students complete 30 credits of graded graduate coursework. A thesis is not required; however, all students are encouraged to pursue a research-based project or a paid/unpaid professional internship for course credit as CE 6995. Each of the four tracks can be completed in as little as one year by students who have a BS in CEE or a closely related field.

CEE ME students must also fulfill all SEAS requirements.

Scholarship Opportunities

Our department is pleased to award the Thornton Scholarship to selected, especially well-qualified ME candidates. These awards are based on outstanding academic qualifications and commitment to a career in the practice of civil or environmental engineering, as demonstrated in the candidate’s application materials and Statement of Purpose. Recipients receive $5000 per academic year, and up to five awards are given annually.

Special Circumstances

Students pursuing a BS in CEE at UVA are encouraged to start the CEE ME during their fourth-year, with appropriate guidance from their academic advisor and approval from course instructors (as necessary). 4000-level classes may not be used towards the ME; therefore, students are encouraged to take 6000-level classes with instructor approval.

Students without a BS in CEE may apply for admission to the CEE ME program; however, they must complete certain pre-requisite or co-requisite courses. Each track has its own pre-requisites, which are noted in the links above. If accepted, the student will work with his/her academic advisor to map out an appropriate sequence of courses towards the degree.

All students may transfer up to 12 graduate credits towards the ME at UVA. Transfer credits must not have been required for completion of a previously awarded undergraduate or graduate degree, and only grades of B or better will be accepted. All transfer credits are subject to the approval of the CEE department and the SEAS Dean’s Office



The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at