How to Apply to CEGE Graduate Programs

Application Fee: The department will not waive or defer the application fee. 

COVID update: We recognize the current difficulties with taking the GRE test due to COVID-19.

As a result, Spring and Fall 2023 applicants are not required to submit a GRE score. Even if you submit a GRE score, the admissions commitee will not consider this as part of their evaluation. 

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: December 3 is the application deadline for fall semester. 

Spring Semester: August 31 is the application deadline for spring semester. Admissions for spring generally come with no financial aid.

Required Materials

All materials must be submitted directly through the online Graduate application system by the deadline. For further instructions visit the Graduate School's application information page.

Applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee until all required materials have been submitted according to the following instructions.


How to Submit:

Application for Graduate Admissions

Go to the University of Minnesota online Graduate application system.

Online Graduate application system

Complete all required fields:

  • Program Selection
  • Term Selection
  • Biological Information
  • Personal Background
  • Civil and Geo- Engineering Supplemental Material
  • Academic History
  • Test Scores
  • Employment
  • Materials
  • Recommendations
  • Signature
  • Review

All materials must be submitted into the online application. Once you submit, your application is final. No changes or additions will be accepted.

Application Fee

$75 for U.S. applicants, $95 for international applicants.

The department will not waive or defer the application fee. 

More on the application fee


Unofficial transcripts or academic records must be uploaded directly to the online application. How to upload transcripts

International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. International transcripts and credentials

Please do NOT mail in paper copies of your transcripts, as this may cause serious delays in the processing of your application!

There is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material. See the Graduate School’s Application Information for more details.


Normally, GRE General Test scores are required for all applicants. However, we recognize the current difficulties with taking the GRE test due to COVID-19.

As a result, Spring and Fall 2023 applicants are not required to submit a GRE score.

The GRE scores are one important tool that the admissions committee uses in evaluating your application, all scores will be considered. Average GRE scores of admitted students have been as follows.

  • Verbal: 153
  • Quantitative: 161
  • Analytical Writing: 4

NOTE: GRE scores expire after five years. After that time, the exam needs to be retaken.

More about the GRE

English Language test scores 

TOEFL scores are required for all international applicants. Note that scores expire after two years.

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency through one of the following methods: 

  • Education 
  • Covid 19 English Proficency Testing Options for 2023
  • TOEFL 
  • IELTS 

For more information about getting an english proficiency exemption waiver, to see what tests are accepted, minimum scores accepted, or how to send in your official score report click on the link below.

TOEFL Minimum Requirements:

  • 79 Total Score
  • Writing subscore of 21
  • Reading subscore of 19
  • Test date within 2 years of program start

IELTS Minimum Requirements:

  • 6.5 Total Score
  • Writing subscore 6.5
  • Reading subscore 6.5
  • Test date within 2 years of program start

To submit your TOEFL results, enter your scores in the test scores field in the application AND upload the score sheet or a screen shot of your scores from the ETS website into the Materials section of the application in the graduate program additional materials section. 

More on minimum English language assessment scores

Statement #1

Provide a statement outlining your immediate educational goals and long-range career objectives in relation to your chosen field. If there is a particular faculty member with whom you wish to study, please give that person's name and explain why you want to study with that person. You may also wish to include other information, such as any undergraduate research, internships, or other experiences to document your preparation for advanced study in your chosen field.

Typically length is one to two pages in length, double spaced. 

Statement #2 (OPTIONAL)

Enrolling and graduating a diverse student body is central to the University of Minnesota's mission. Please write a statement that identifies the distinctive qualities, characteristics, and life experiences you would contribute to your graduate program and to the education of fellow students at the University of Minnesota. You may wish to include examples that address your contribution to the diversity of the student body and illustrate your motivation to succeed by setting high standards for accomplishing intellectual and other goals, overcoming obstacles to achievement, and/or helping others to gain access to the resources necessary for success.

Note: For US Citizens and Permanent Residents Only, this statement will be used to determine if you are eligible to be nominated by the admissions committee for a Diversity of Views and Experiences Fellowship (DOVE Fellowship). Your statement should indicate how your background, experiences, and achievements will contribute to the University's goal of promoting excellence through diversity. If applicable, nominees should mention hardships or obstacles that they have overcome to complete their undergraduate education.

International applicants should not submit this statement. 

Description of Research or Work Experience

Do not upload a separate document in this field.

Your work or research experience should be included in Statement #1, after your immediate and long-range career objectives.

Writing Sample

Writing samples are not required by our program and should not be uploaded.

Resume or CV

Upload your resume or CV in PDF format. 

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professors who can assess your potential for graduate work. Additional referees, such as employers, are also acceptable.

All letters must be submitted via the online Graduate application.

Paper copies will NOT be accepted.