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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 Pre-Sessional English
GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0
IELTSTM 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) 6.0 (no sub-score below 5.5) 4.5
TOEFL® 80 (no sub-score below 18) 74 (no sub-score below 16) 50
GRE Required


Must have minimum scores of:

Verbal: 150
Quantitative: 153
Compositve: 305 
Analytical Writing: 3.0

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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 Fall, Summer or Spring


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.

Students must take the GRE with minimum scores of:
Verbal: 150
Quantitative: 153
Composite: 305
Analytical Writing: 3.0

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 and Fees 


 Fee Direct Master's Accelerator (1 semester) Advanced Master's Accelerator (1 semester)
Tuition $14,635 $15,416
University Fees $1,317 $1,109
Health Insurance $675 $675
Total Tuition Costs $16,627 $17,200

All prices are listed in U.S. dollars.
Note: This cost is an estimate and is subject to change. Cost does not include housing and dining fees, books, or other living expenses.
*Price does not include tuition and fees following the MAP semesters. Please visit for additional information about tuition rates.
Costs may vary depending on program placement. Please check for more details. 

Note: Additional lab fees will apply for Direct Master's Accelerator students based on actual courses taken

Costs above are estimates per semester based on current tuition and fees and anticipated increases. Actual costs may vary and are subject to annual changes.

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