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Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, PhD

Program Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy in civil and infrastructure engineering prepares students for advanced leadership positions in research and development in the public or private sector, academics, or government. Students may elect to study in the areas of: environmental and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, or transportation engineering. Both part-time and full-time study is available.

Total credits: 72

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


Doctoral students complete both required and elective coursework in their technical interest area based on a plan of study prepared with their PhD advisor and they gain early experience by teaching undergraduate-level courses.

The PhD requires specialization in one of the areas offered by the department, which are:

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

Both part-time and full-time study is available.  Full-time students typically complete the program in three to five years, depending on their background and the nature of their research. 

This information is being provided here for your planning purposes only. For official catalog information, please refer instead to the official George Mason University Catalog Website at