Design sustainable urban infrastructure

SMU Lyle’s Master's in Civil Engineering prepares students with knowledge, tools, and experience to lead and serve sustainable and resilient communities.

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About the Program

SMU graduates address society’s most pressing challenges related to transportation, built infrastructure, smart city applications, energy, sustainability, and community resilience. Our curriculum and research programs ensure that our graduates are prepared to meet rapidly evolving societal needs through technical excellence and leadership toward serving communities through the built environment.  

In the Master’s in Civil Engineering Program, students learn in state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities enabling breakthrough research that empowers communities.  

To learn more about the program, contact Program Director Brett Story.

The SMU Lyle Difference

  • Research-driven

    Research is central to curriculum, facilities, and faculty.

  • Flexible

    Specialize in smart and resilient infrastructure, environmental health and compliance, or global and sustainable development.

  • Innovative

    Students push the boundaries of civil engineering toward more sustainable and resilient built environments.

Student Experience


Industry-Leading Faculty


Students experience a curriculum designed by experienced faculty and highly experienced practitioners, and sync sessions for online students offer the chance to gain valuable face time with professors.

Civil Engineering


24/7 Resource Access


Students can access online resources - such as notes, course schedules, and even lectures, from anywhere.


Diverse Coursework


Our coursework includes engaging lectures, group discussions, a wide variety of project-based learning opportunities, and more - accessible anytime, anywhere.



Flexible Learning


Tailor your experience with our LyleAnywhere™ flexible learning platform, providing a mixture of in-person or synchronous online classes.



Jobs I Can Land


Potential roles include:

  • City Engineer or Manager
  • Design Engineer
  • Senior Inspector
  • Structural Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Director of Public Works


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Civil Engineering Research


Our research addresses:

  • Multimodal transportation systems
  • Sustainable construction
  • Structural and infrastructure monitoring
  • Earthquake engineering and fluid-soil-structure interaction
  • Urban sustainability 

Admissions Requirements


In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to satisfy the following additional requirement: a B.S. in civil engineering or a closely related engineering discipline.

Tuition and Fees

For a complete graduate cost per semester click here.


Application Deadlines

The next start date is August 2024. The deadline for applications is July 15.