Admission

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

Photo of a students working in a Chemistry Lab.To apply for graduate studies in Civil & Environmental Engineering:

  • Admission requirements are set by the Graduate School and can be found here.
  • The Graduate School at the University of Connecticut collects all applications online.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts in sealed envelopes covering all previous undergraduate and/or graduate work as described in the online application.
  • 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.(Exceptions are if you received your undergraduate degree from UConn and then we will require a letter stating you would like to have your application reviewed without GRE scores.) 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 M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are: paper-based >500, computer-based >213 and internet-based >80.

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.

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