Admission

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering accepts applications for graduate studies commencing either in the fall or the spring semester.

To apply for graduate studies in Civil & Environmental Engineering, please refer to UConn Graduate School online application system by clicking the icon below.

Students with mathematics or natural science backgrounds may be admitted into a certain area of concentration but will be required to take undergraduate engineering courses, which cannot be counted towards graduate degree requirements. The student’s advisory committee will determine appropriate undergraduate courses required to ensure proficiency in engineering fundamentals and design. The student must meet grade point requirements set forth by the Graduate School.

Applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related area from a college or university of recognized standing.

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or equivalent is recommended for admission into the MS program and a GPA of 3.5 or equivalent is recommended for admission into the Ph.D. program.

To apply for graduate studies in Civil & Environmental Engineering:

Submit your online application to the Graduate School at the University of Connecticut.

Applicants must submit official transcripts in sealed envelopes covering all previous undergraduate and/or graduate work.

Three letters of recommendation are required, preferably from faculty with whom the candidate has worked with or taken course(s). There is no specific form for the letters of recommendation. Letters are uploaded directly by the referees as part of the online application.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for both domestic and international students. Minimum scores for the MS degree are: Verbal >150, Quantitative >155 and Writing > 4.5 and minimum scores for the Ph.D. degree are: Verbal >153, Quantitative >159 and Writing > 5.0.

A personal statement is also required. This should explain the reason why you want to go to graduate school and what area of concentration you are interested in.

International applicants must submit their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores in order for the Graduate School to release their application to the department. Minimum scores for both the MS degree and Ph.D. degree are: paper-based >500, computer-based >213 and internet-based >80.

If you submit results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), you need an average overall band score of at least 6.5. Only the scores from the Academic Module, not the General Training Module, are applicable.

Decisions are made based on an assessment of the entire record including the depth of the student’s background in Civil & Environmental Engineering, the level of academic performance, the strength of letters of recommendation, and GRE scores. No applicant will be automatically rejected or accepted based on GRE scores.

Students applying for graduate assistantship are strongly urged to contact the faculty member whose research interests most closely match their own. The program emphases are closely tied to current research interests of individual faculty. Applicants should indicate an intended advisor on the application form and discuss their research interests in the personal statement.

Application Deadlines (target dates):
Fall admission with Financial Aid – January 31
Fall admission without Financial Aid – March 31
Spring admission with Financial Aid – September 30
Spring admission without Financial Aid – October 15