All applicants must have earned a B.S. degree in engineering (e.g., civil, mechanical, chemical, environmental) or the sciences (e.g., chemistry, physics, mathematics) with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A Master’s degree is not required for admission to the Ph.D. program, but is highly recommended.

GRE scores are not required.

Students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English language proficiency through one of the following methods:

  • Education
  • TOEFL -- 79 Total Score, Internet based (Writing Subscore: 21, Reading Subscore: 19)
  • IELTS -- 6.5 Total Score (Writing Subscore: 6.5, Reading Subscore: 6.5)
  • Duolingo -- 115 Total Score (Literacy Subscore: 115 or above)
  • PTE Academic -- 59 Total Score (Writing Subscore: 59, Reading Subscore: 59)
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced -- 180 Total Score (Writing Subscore: 180, Reading Subscore: 180)


Students from disciplines other than civil engineering must have completed at least one year of calculus-based physics, one year of chemistry, math through differential equations, and some research area-specific courses. Please contact a Graduate Studies Committee Member for a list of these specific courses or see below.

Students lacking more than three prerequisite courses may be advised to complete some coursework prior to entry into the program. In most cases, however, students will be able to complete their remedial coursework while they are in the program. Please consult with the Director of Graduate Studies or a faculty member in your area of interest for a review and assessment of your academic background and coursework needs.


  • CEGE 4502 Water Wastewater Treatment 
  • CEGE 4522 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics for graduate students
  • MATH 2243 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations


Courses will be based on the individual and what bachelor's degree that individual has. Please see the research area representative for more information. You can find the research area representative by going to our graduate admissions contact page. 


  • CEGE 3401 Linear Structural Analysis or AEM 3031 Deformable Body Mechanics
  • CEGE 3402 Civil Engineering Materials 
  • CEGE 4401 Steel and Reinforced Concrete Design 
  • MATH 2243 Linear Algebra and Differental Equations


  • CEGE 3101 Computer Applications or equivalent
  • CEGE 3102 Uncertainty and Decison Analysis or equavalent 
  • MATH 2263 Multivariable Calculus or equivalent 
  • MATH 2373 Linear Algebra or equivalent

Water Resources

  • CEGE 4501 Hydrologic Design 
  • CEGE 4522 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics for gradaute students 
  • MATH 2243 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations