Civil Engineering – Construction Programs

Innovate, Engineer, and Build

Civil Engineering & Construction Master's Programs

Join a remarkable community of forward-looking engineers, innovators and leaders creating sustainable solutions for the built environment.

Whether you want to advance your career as an industrial leader in the real estate/construction industry or develop expertise in data analysis to guide AECO firms on smart cities and technology, the graduate programs offered by USC's Sonny Astani Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering will teach you the multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to be creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, entrepreneurs and global leaders.

  • Take courses by leading faculty and practitioners in engineering, public policy, architecture, and business
  • Access competitive employment opportunities, including prominent global architectural, engineering, and construction firms
  • Build a professional network in Southern California, a hub for innovation and top paying state for civil engineers
  • Online delivery options for working professionals
  • Partial tuition scholarships available

Why now?

With the rapid pace of technological change, the AECO industry is hungry for innovative solutions that reduce inefficient tasks, support rapid and cost effective development, and respond to other pressing challenges of our civil infrastructure and systems. Our Construction Master's programs equip you with the technical skills and human-centered approach needed to engineer such solutions.

Who is it for?

The Master of Science programs in Construction Engineering and Advanced Design & Construction Technology are for individuals with an undergraduate degree in engineering or hard science. The Master of Construction Management is geared for professionals with diverse academic backgrounds.

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Drew Poulter

Master of Construction Management
"I chose to enhance my technical knowledge and to have the opportunity to work on far-reaching projects around the world. I am grateful for my experience at USC, one that, in my opinion, is second to none. I was employed by a large engineering firm for years, however, new opportunities opened up after a classmate encouraged me to explore the job market and subsequently, I accepted a position with Turner Construction, one of the largest international construction firms. The network within USC builds students' confidence and evolves their academic and emotional growth."

Duaij AlSabah

MS Civil Engineering - Advanced Design & Construction Technology
"This is not your conventional program that educates you about the standard practices in the construction industry. Instead, it emphasizes the limitations and highlights the fragmentation of the industry. The classes expose you to the emerging disruptions through interactive processes and real-life simulations. One of my classes brings 2-3 guest speakers every class who are CEOs and founders of their own company. For anyone considering this program, I would say go for it because it has been one of my best decisions. You’ll leave with a growing hunger to play a role greater than yourself, one that you didn’t think you were capable of, and ultimately become an agent of change the industry needs today."

Published on February 1st, 2022

Last updated on August 18th, 2023