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Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure

Academic Experience

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The UW online Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure is designed for early- and mid-career professionals seeking to develop expertise with different types of energy systems. The program allows students to fully explore the complex and interconnected nature of the energy infrastructure field.


The degree curriculum offers in-depth coverage of key topic areas, including infrastructure and construction; energy use; environment, safety and health; and construction-related business and law. See the Courses & Degree Requirements page for a full list of the topics studied.

Graduates of the program will possess comprehensive knowledge of:

  • Planning, analysis, design, cost analysis, design review and approval of civil-oriented balance of plant components
  • Construction aspects of different energy projects, including power plants, transmission systems and related utility work
  • Environmental and occupational safety components associated with the construction and permitting of power plants
  • Operating principles of power plants, including basic thermodynamic theory, plant maintenance and energy distribution systems
  • Elements of project management, including construction-related financing, accounting and law

The curriculum is managed by the interdisciplinary Construction, Energy, and Sustainable Infrastructure (CESI) group, part of the UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Program Format

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure program features a very flexible format. All courses are delivered 100% online. You can start the program in any quarter and determine your own course load. Most students will earn the degree in two to three years, depending on how many courses they take per quarter.