About Us

World-Class Education, Collaborative Educational Opportunities

Degree Programs

In the 2017 US News rankings, UNM ranked in the top 100 for Best Engineering Schools in civil engineering!

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering

Master of Construction Management (completely online)

PhD in Engineering (concentration in Civil Engineering)

Graduate Degree Concentrations

Construction Engineering and Management



Hydraulics and Water Resources

Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics

Transportation and Traffic Engineering

Enrollment, Fall 2017









Degrees Awarded, 2016-2017

Undergraduate degrees


Masters degrees


PhD degrees




Civil Engineering at UNM

Leading engineering school in New Mexico with nationally accredited programs in civil

engineering, construction engineering and construction management.

Most faculty are licensed professional engineers.

Innovative programs and opportunities for student research.

Domestic internship opportunities.

Strong ties with the national laboratories, local high-tech companies, and engineering firms.

Collaborations with other disciplines at UNM and with universities worldwide.

Emphasis on student success.

Small department, excellent faculty-student ratio and superb faculty-student interaction.

Diverse Ideas, Multicultural Environment

Of the undergraduates, 25% are women. 

The ethnicities represented in the undergraduate population are:  American Indian 13%, Asian 8%, Hispanic 33%, and White 46%.

Of the graduate students, 38% are women.  The ethnicities represented in the graduate population are: American Indian 5%, Asian 16%, Hispanic 6%, White 46%, Black 1%, and unknown 26%.

In 2016 ValueColleges.com has named UNM #7 in the Top 50 Best Value Graduate Engineering Programs of 2016. UNM is a Hispanic Serving Institution, one of only a handful of Research 1 (top tier) public universities with that commitment. In addition to their diversity, the UNM School of Engineering is consistently ranked one of the top public graduate engineering schools by U.S. News & World Report and other influential ranking publications. Graduates from UNM’s School of Engineering earn a highly-respected degree from a university committed to changing the face of engineering and engineering education.

In its Spring 2015 issue, Latino Magazine ranked UNM Engineering as one of the Top 25 Colleges for Latinos in the nation:  "UNM is a Hispanic-serving Institution located in Albuquerque, New Mexico with Latino students comprising 40 percent of the student population. It was founded in 1889 and is the state’s flagship research institution.  The university‘s law school is among the highest ranked for Latinos.  There are more than 210 degrees and programs for students to choose from at UNM."

Internationally-Respected Faculty

Number of Faculty:                   18

Tenure and tenure-track           17

Adjuncts, visiting faculty and research faculty    9    

Research Funding and Expenditures

Supporting both undergraduate and graduate students, this funding is at a healthy level of nearly $5.3 million annually.

Financial Support for Students

The department offers approximately $70,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students annually.

Our department has more funds for scholarships than any of the other engineering departments at UNM. 

We spend $1.3 million per year on research monies for student support. 

On a per student basis, we allocate more money to our graduate students than any of the other engineering departments.

Service to the Community, Strategic Partnerships

Civil Engineering is actively involved in our community in a variety of ways, including:

Classroom demonstrations and talks to K-13 classrooms.

Internships for high school students.

Programs for middle school students.

Support for organizations such as Engineers Without Borders, a humanitarian organization that

partners with developing communities worldwide to improve their quality of life.

Partnerships with museums and other organizations to bring hands-on engineering to New

Mexican children and their families.

Strategic Partnerships Include:

Research partnerships.

Academic partnerships with national labs, local firms.

Economic development partnerships.

Global initiatives.