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International Accelerator Program

Civil Engineering (ME/MS)

It takes a lot of expertise to analyze, plan, design and build our modern world. With a master’s degree in civil engineering, you’ll be prepared to work with a range of clients and collaborators, from government agencies to private firms.

Building Bridges, Infrastructure and Your Future 

Areas of study include:

  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Transportation engineering
  • Water resources engineering

If you are interested in research, the University of South Carolina has several research centers and groups available to you, including the Structural Dynamics and Intelligent Infrastructure laboratory, the Berge laboratory for green waste management and the Advanced Railroad Technology Group.

Students have the option of either an ME (Master of Engineering) or MS (Master of Science) degree. Pursuing an MS degree requires completing a thesis.


Admission Details

Requirements  Direct Master's Accelerator  Advanced Master's Accelerator
GPA 3.0 3.0
IELTSTM 6.5  6.0 (no sub-score below 5.5)
TOEFL® 80  74 (no sub-score below 16)
GRE Required

Yes *

Qualifying Undergraduate Degrees Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent in civil engineering, environmental engineering, architectural engineering, mechanical engineering or structural engineering from an accredited university.
Additional Requirements 3.0 GPA equivalent in all math course taken
Strongly Recommended: Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III and Differential Equations.
Available Entry Fall or Spring Fall or Spring

*If UG degree is from an ABET Accredited institution, GRE is waived and 2.8 GPA is required.

Math Self-Evaluation

Engineering programs require a high level of math proficiency. For those programs, students will be required to complete a Math Self-Evaluation and declare that they meet the minimum proficiency standard.

Upon completion of the evaluation, fill out this Declaration Form and submit with application. 

All Engineering degree programs require a 3.0 GPA equivalent in all math courses taken.

Sample Coursework

  • Engineering Analysis; 3 degree credits; Closed
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Advanced Structural Mechanics and Analysis
  • Transportation Systems Planning
  • Engineering Hydrology


Progression Details

ME or MS in Civil Engineering

Program Credits Earned Towards Degree Progression Requirements
Direct Master's Accelerator  9 Not applicable – student is already enrolled in degree program 
Advanced Master's Accelerator 

3.0 GPA with no degree course grade lower than a B

Successful completion of English language courses, Professional Development and Analytical Skills workshops, seminars and modules.

And be accepted by a faculty thesis advisor after completing a faculty interview.*

*Students pursuing an MS degree only

Pre-Sessional English  Successful completion of all Pre-Sessional English Program course content and approval from the Master’s Accelerator team. 

Total Credits Required for Degree: 30

Tuition Costs 

For information regarding tuition and fees, please see the Costs Overview


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