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Graduate programs

Areas of emphasis

Conduct research that solves real-world problems, supports human well-being, and makes our planet more resilient.  

Leading research university

The University of Minnesota is a top public research university and a nationally recognized leader in entrepreneurship and research commercialization. 

Our research

By the numbers


Among public research universities

Location full of opportunities

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  • Urban advantage — The only Big Ten campus located in a major urban environment, with opportunities to jump-start your career along with a thriving culture, arts, dining, and recreation scene. 
  • High quality of life — The Minneapolis-St. Paul area consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the U.S.
  • Natural playground  Near trails, parks, and waterways in a state boasting a bounty of natural treasures, from Voyageurs National Park to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Acclaimed faculty

 Faculty by research area

Faculty A to Z

Our faculty members have received national and international recognition for work in:

  • Steel and concrete structures
  • River engineering and mechanics
  • Traffic control and safety
  • Pavement design and performance
  • Rock mechanics
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Climate effects on water resources
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Ph.D. programs

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Develop the skills you need to make groundbreaking discoveries.

Ph.D. programs

“I was drawn to the University of Minnesota because Paige Novak offered me the opportunity to work on an interesting, relevant, and very applicable project—looking at removal of nitrogen from wastewater.”

— Anndee Huff, doctoral student with a focus in environmental engineering

Master's of Science
Two options: a Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Geoengineering, these programs prepare students to pursue a career in industry or continue their graduate studies in a doctoral program

New! One-Year Master's in Structural Engineering
This program prepares students already holding a Bachelor degree for professional roles in the field of structural engineering

Master’s Sustainable Development
Combine project work abroad with a master's degree in environmental or water resources engineering

Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s
Complete both a bachelor's and master's degree in 5 years

Dual Master’s in Civil Engineering and Urban Planning
Acquire expertise across academic disciplines with a dual degree program.

Dual Master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Civil Engineering
Acquire expertise across academic disciplines with a dual degree program.


Build your future

Graduate student Ben Dymond oversees a pour in the Theodore V. Galambos Structural Engineering Laboratory.

Graduates from our M.S. and Ph.D. programs:

  • Hold faculty positions at major research universities.
  • Work as research engineers.
  • Run large public agencies.
  • Own their own consulting companies.
  • Hold public office.


Take a first step toward building your engineering career.

How to apply

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