Best civil engineering master's programs in Illinois

A master’s degree in civil engineering can qualify you for corporate research and development roles as well as accelerating career advancement. Earnings with a graduate civil engineering degree average $9,471 more than with a bachelor’s alone. For those looking to fast-track to leadership positions, teach engineering, or continue on to a Ph.D., this degree may be essential. Find the top civil engineering master's programs below.

Our master’s in civil engineering rankings cover 65 of the 158 universities available, accounting for 69% of total student conferrals. Three years after completing their degree, graduates earn a weighted average salary of $77,833.

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#1 in Illinois | #9 in Civil Engineering nationally

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

Economic score: 0.21

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $80,522

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $13,654

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $20,500

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.25

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

#2 in Illinois | #54 in Civil Engineering nationally

University of Illinois Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Economic score: 0.43

Calculated by dividing the debt-to-earnings by earningsplus percentage. The lower the economic score, the better.

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Earnings: $75,921

Median earnings of all students 3 years after graduation.

EarningsPlus: + $9,053

Earnings plus shows how much more or less the median student earns than the median earnings of undergraduate graduates in the same program type. (Based on ipeds CIP Code taxonomy)

Debt: $37,468

The total debt accrued by the median student at the time of graduation.

Debt to earnings: 0.49

Calculated by dividing the debt by the annual salary. A debt to earnings ratio of 1 means that annual educational debt is the same as annual earnings.

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Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois

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Evanston, Illinois

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Edwardsville, Illinois

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