University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering


UH Civil Engineering Online Master’s Program Ranks on Two Lists


Rashda Khan
The Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston.
The Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston.

The online master’s program in civil engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering made two different lists highlighting the best programs for students interested in growing their careers in the field.

The program was No. 12 on the “Best Online Master’s in Civil Engineering Programs” list recently published by BestColleges and No. 17 on the “25 Best Online Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering” list published by Online Schools Report (OSR). Both Best Colleges and OSR provide independent college rankings, college planning resources and field-specific research.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for civil engineers – who work on everything from buildings and roads to bridges and dams – is growing. Between now and 2026, an 11 percent jump is projected in the civil engineering job market. Earning potential ranges from a median salary of $83,540 per year to about $138,000 for the top 10 percent in the field.

The BestColleges ranking methodology focuses on academics and learner support, affordability and online programming. Information is collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics.

OSR aims to provide students with information on quality programs that are accountable to students. Areas considered for rankings include program quality, student satisfaction, online presence, affordability, earning potential as well as acceptance and retention rates. It pulls data from U.S. News and World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics and PayScale.

"I am proud that the work of the Civil Engineering Program is being recognized," said Paula Myrick Short, UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

"Reputational awareness helps further not only our Tier One academic mission, but also the resources available to our students, especially in the form of notable faculty and top-notch research," she said. "By offering this degree as an online option, we expand the type of students who can apply for and complete this degree, and further awareness of our university and its programs."

The full list from BestCollege is available at:

The full list from OSR is available at:

To learn more about the online programs offered by the Cullen College, visit:



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