Building Bridges, Infrastructure and Your Future

It takes a lot of expertise to analyze, plan, design and build the modern world around us. With your master’s degree in civil engineering, you’ll be prepared to work with government agencies, private firms and more.

Areas of study include:

  • Environmental engineering

  • Geotechnical engineering

  • Structural engineering

  • Transportation engineering

  • Water resources engineering

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.

Accelerator Admission Details

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 Yes

Must have minimum scores of:
Verbal: 150
Quantitative: 153
Composite: 305
Analytical Writing: 3.0

No No
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 Students must have successfully passed Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III and Differential Equations. 
Available Entry Fall or Spring Fall or Spring Fall, Summer or Spring
Sample Coursework
  • Engineering Analysis; 3 degree credits; Closed
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Advanced Structural Mechanics and Analysis
  • Transportation Systems Planning
  • Engineering Hydrology

Note: “Closed” is a course students will take with their designated MAP cohort of international students. The course is not open to domestic students.

Progression Details
(ME or MS in Civil Engineering)

Direct Master’s Accelerator Advanced Master’s Accelerator Pre-Sessional English
Credits Earned Towards Degree 9 6 0
Progression Requirements Not applicable – student is already enrolled in degree program. 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.*
Successful completion of all Pre-Sessional English Program course content and approval from the Master’s Accelerator team.

*Students pursuing an MS degree only

Total credits required for degree: 30

Tuition Costs

All prices are listed in U.S. dollars.

Direct Master’s Accelerator
1 semester
Advanced Master’s Accelerator
1 semester
Tuition Cost $14,488 $14,875
Global Carolina Fee1 $1,817 $1,625
Total Tuition Costs $16,305 $16,500
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.
1 Global Carolina fee covers all fees assessed for students (including ISS, English testing, BM fees, tech, health center, etc.).


Enroll in the Pre-Sessional English Program. Classes are designed to improve students’ comprehension and ability to take rigorous academic courses in the English language.
Estimated tuition and fees: $6,500*
(based on a duration of 17 weeks)

*Pre-Sessional English Program is 8.5 weeks in the summer at a cost of $3,250.

Ready to manage your future?

The Master of Engineering Management Program at the University of South Carolina gives you all the tools to succeed. Give yourself a smart start to your career – apply now as part of the Master’s Accelerator Program.