Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate Admissions

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Application for admission should designate the desire to study in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department in a specific focus area. These areas include:

  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Structural
  • Transportation

Application materials should be sent directly to the College of Graduate Studies. Applicants are expected to hold a baccalaureate in an appropriate field from an accredited college or university. Regular admission requires an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Normally that degree is a BS in engineering in the intended area of graduate study. Students who wish to change from one field to another will normally have to complete some prerequisite work beyond the minimum requirements for a master's degree.

Applicants with baccalaureate degrees from a relevant non-engineering science will generally have to complete some more extensive prerequisite work at the undergraduate level to prepare them for the graduate study in their chosen field of engineering. Depending on the student's background in math and other relevant areas of science, such students may be admitted as a graduate student or as an undergraduate with degree (UWD) to complete this work. When the prerequisite work is extensive, the student may be required to complete a baccalaureate degree in the chosen field before being admitted to the graduate program. Because the math requirements in engineering technology programs are generally significantly different from those required for a bachelor's degree in engineering, applicants with baccalaureate degrees in engineering technology are generally required to complete the B.S. degree in their chosen field before they are admitted into the graduate program. Exception to this policy require a recommendation from the department and approval by the college's graduate committee.

Admission Requirements

An applicant is considered for admission to the College of Graduate Studies on the basis of several general criteria as well as the minimum specific requirements listed below.

Specific Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate or professional degree earned from a department of approved standing and granted by an accredited college or university.
  • A 3.0 point hour ratio for all previous academic work or indicated performance under the fifth bullet (below).
  • Prerequisite academic work which gives evidence that the applicant should be able to  effectively pursue graduate work in the department in which specialization is desired.
  • Acceptance by the department.
  • Applicants with less than a 3.0 are required to forward the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Students with degrees from international institutions are required to forward the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).




Program Deadline

Fall          Spring     Summer

Funding Deadline

Fall          Spring     Summer



Mar. 15

Oct. 1

Jan. 15


Oct. 1

Jan. 15

*Rolling admission

* The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering accepts applications at any time. However, students that apply by the priority deadlines are given first consideration for admission and graduate assistantships. You may still apply for admission after the posted deadline dates.

In order for the application to be submitted and reviewed:

A $45 non-refundable application fee is required for U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent resident card holders.
A $75 non-refundable application fee is required for International students.

The graduate application fee is charged by the College of Graduate Studies and the department does not offer any fee waiver.

The College of Graduate Studies has more information on the graduate admission process. 

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Last Updated: 12/11/23