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Civil engineering education at MU began in 1856 with the establishment of the first Chair of Civil Engineering. Graduate programs offered by the department prepare students for leadership positions in academia, research and advanced practice engineering careers. Major program areas include structural mechanics, structural engineering and materials, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, environmental engineering, hydrology and water resources engineering and transportation engineering.

Degrees Offered

Civil Engineering, Master of Science

On Campus

Admission criteria

  • Priority deadline for Fall entrance: January 15; 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 advisor and advisory committee.

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.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

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

Civil Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission criteria

  • Priority deadline for Fall entrance: January 15; 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 advisor and advisory committee.

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

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

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