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MSU Launches Online Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering

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The Michigan State University College of Engineering has launched its third online master’s degree program – an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE).

The online option will help working professionals gain skills in emerging areas, such as data science, smart materials, and connected and autonomous vehicles.
The online option will help working professionals gain skills in emerging areas, such as data science, smart materials, and connected and autonomous vehicles.

The new online degree joins the college’s online mechanical and electrical engineering master’s programs in providing students an MSU engineering education without having to relocate to East Lansing.

Peter T. Savolainen, MSU Foundation Professor of Transportation Engineering and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) department directs the new master’s program.

Savolainen said the online option helps working professionals gain important skills in emerging areas, such as data science, smart materials, and connected and autonomous vehicles. The program also allows students to earn an MSU degree from anywhere and at any time.

“Our online master of science in civil engineering will prepare engineers and other professionals for the future of transportation and pavement engineering,” Savolainen said.

"The online M.S. program will focus on data-driven methods and advanced software tools." - Peter T. Savolainen
“The online M.S. program will focus on data-driven methods and advanced software tools.” – Peter T. Savolainen

“Technological advances have allowed for more proactive means of monitoring, operating, and maintaining our infrastructure systems. We can leverage data from in-roadway or roadside sensors, or even use the vehicles themselves as sensors, to better understand how our transportation and pavement systems are performing in near real-time.

“The online M.S. program will focus on data-driven methods and advanced software tools that will allow us to more effectively respond to issues that arise, including traffic congestion, crashes, and potholes,” Savolainen continued. “We also will help our master’s students to pursue licensure as a professional engineer or obtain credit for continuing education in support of existing licenses.”

Online master’s in civil engineering
MSU’s civil engineering curriculum combines knowledge of key concepts with practical skills and experience using industry-leading software. Students will study topics including traffic safety, statistical and econometric analysis, smart infrastructure, road materials, network modeling and pavement design and preservation.

The program also allows students to choose from two focus areas:

• Pavement engineering

• Transportation engineering

Students will also explore concepts in analysis, materials, and design with a focus on:

• Statistical and econometric analysis

• Asphalt materials

• Data science

• Geometric design of highways

• Network modeling

• Pavement design

• Pavement models

• Pavement preservation

• Research methods

• Smart infrastructure

• Traffic safety

Faculty members teaching the online civil engineering master’s include CEE Department Chair and Professor Neeraj Buch, Professors Karim Chatti and Peter Savolainen; and Associate Professors Timothy Gates, Syed Waqar Haider, and M. Emin Kutay.

Classes begin in January 2021. Admissions information is available at https://online.egr.msu.edu/apply-now/.

“Our new online master’s is one more way the College of Engineering supports lifelong learning for Spartan Engineers,” Savolainen added.

More information on the new online degree is available at https://online.egr.msu.edu/ms-in-civil-engineering/.

Patricia Mroczek via College of Engineering 

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