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Why ODU for Coastal Engineering?

Civil engineers are master planners, designers, constructors, and managers of the built environment as well as stewards of our natural resources and the environment. In today's rapidly changing technological world, a master's degree is often required to hold professional positions not only in the industry, but also in federal, state and municipal government agencies.

Our online master of science in civil engineering is designed to help you become a technological leader in civil and environmental engineering, prepared to innovate as you apply new and existing technologies to the creation and maintenance of our society's infrastructure. In this online master's degree, you'll take an emphasis in coastal engineering to advance your knowledge in topics unique to coastal environments, such as wave theory, soil erosion, and coastal resilience to sea level rise.

As an urban university in coastal Virginia, ODU is perfectly positioned to lead the way in coastal science and engineering research. You'll benefit from our interdisciplinary approach to coastal engineering education and research, and learn from faculty who are actively engaged in the field.

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Get Started with a Certificate

You can get a head start on this degree by enrolling our online Coastal Engineering Certificate as a non-degree seeking student while you apply to this online master's in civil engineering.

The four courses in the certificate can be transferred to this master's degree (a grade of B or higher in each course is required to transfer).

Coastal Engineering Certificate

Required Courses

  • 30 credit hours, which includes six credit hours for the thesis

Visit the ODU Graduate Catalog for specific course information, including prerequisites.

Online Learning Environment

Participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Careers in Coastal Engineering

Coastal engineering professionals have careers in:

  • Coastal zone management teams
  • Permit review, dredging or surveying
  • Consulting engineering or instrumentation development
  • Project management
  • Federal, state or city government
  • Research, education and teaching

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$547 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2019 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

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How to Apply

Regular admission requirements include a (1) bachelor's degree in engineering (2) 3.00 grade point average (4.00 scale) (3) 500 word (or less) essay on academic and personal goals and (4) two letters of recommendation from current or former professors. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in the physical sciences (oceanography, geology, etc.) are also welcome, but will be required to demonstrate adequate knowledge in engineering mechanics (statics, dynamics, fluid mechanics, soil mechanics, strength of materials, etc.) at the undergraduate level.

If you have an engineering degree from an ABET accredited institution, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

If you have a non-engineering BS degree or a degree from a foreign country, the GRE is required. The English proficiency requirement for non-native speakers of English can be met through TOEFL scores or possession of the BS degree from a country where English is the native language.

You can get a head start by taking our online Coastal Engineering Certificate as a non-degree seeking student, then applying to this online master's in civil engineering. A grade of B or higher is required in each certificate course in order to apply them to the master’s degree.

Want to get started now?

You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.