Online Certificate and Degree Programs

The Illinois Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering currently offers many courses through its CEE Online Program. All online students receive access to recorded on-campus lectures and follow the class syllabus, including the same assignments, exams, and projects as on-campus students. This is perfect for busy railroad professionals who wish to further their knowledge in a subject area but do not have the time to travel to campus and require the flexibility to view lecture material when their work schedule allows.
Online students may enroll in single classes as a non-degree student, pursue a Railroad Certificate or enroll as a full online MS degree candidate.

Non-Degree Student

If you wish to take a single course, on its own or prior to applying to the certificate or degree program, then you may register as a non-degree student. Course enrollment requires the approval of the department, and interested students can contact for more information. Up to 12 credit hours of coursework can later be transferred into an MS or MEng degree program.

Click here for more information on being a non-degree student.

Online Railroad Certificate

The Railroad Certificate Program allows online students to receive a certificate in a specialized area within civil and environmental engineering. The Railroad Certificate requires students to complete three or four specialized railroad courses for 12 credit hours. Courses cannot be applied to more than one certificate, and students must earn a B- or higher in each course. After completing the certificate, students may transfer the 12 credit hours into a full online MS degree program if they wish to further pursue their advanced studies. Click here for a list of students who have earned this certificate.

Click here for more information on our online railroad certificate.

Online Master of Science in Civil Engineering

An M.S. degree in Civil Engineering with a specialty in railway transportation can be earned through completion of 36 hours of online course credit. A thesis is not required. Click here for a list of students who have earned this degree.

More information on the online program and admissions requirements can be found at or contact:

General program questions:
Phone: (217) 333-3921
Meg C. Griffin, PE
Assistant Director for Graduate Programs: