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Doctorate in Civil Engineering 

Admission criteria

  • Priority deadline for Fall entrance: January 1; rolling thereafter
  • Priority deadline for Spring entrance: October 1; rolling thereafter
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 2 years of coursework*
    *Note: Lower than 3.0 GPA require special action and substantiation such as good test scores on the GRE or other recognized examinations.
  • BS in engineering. Applicants with BS degrees in related fields may be considered for admission. If admitted, non-engineers are required to complete remedial courses as determined by their adviser and advisory committee.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Minimum GRE Scores

  • GRE test is required; no minimum score set
  • Present scoring system: typical acceptance score are around 306 for Verbal + Quantitative and a minimum 3.0 for Analytical 
  • Former scoring system: typical acceptance score are around 1100 for Verbal + Quantitative and a minimum 3.0 for Analytical

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Civil Engineering Program

Upload all of the following items to your Graduate Studies online application. DO NOT send any hard copies to the Civil Engineering department.

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation: at least two from a faculty member who has taught or advised you
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose

Admission Contact Information

Marilyn Nevels
W1035 Lafferre Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Civil Engineering Website