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Doctor of Philosophy

Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering

PhD Program Requirements

The department offers individualized PhD study in its specialty areas. Students work with a thesis advisor and a thesis committee to develop deep expertise in a subject of mutual interest. Prospective students should review faculty interests and contact a faculty in your area of potential study to learn more about their current work.

PhD admission is based on an academic record demonstrating adequate preparation and potential for successful graduate study. This typically includes at least a B.S. from an engineering curriculum accredited by the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or the equivalent from a non-U.S. institution. Submission of results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 is usually required.

For general graduate study application information see the Graduate Admissions office

**Applications for admission must be submitted through the Admissions Office.**

If you have questions regarding the Civil Engineering Graduate program please contact Dr. Peter DeCarlo.
If you have questions regarding the Architectural Engineering Graduate program please contact Dr. Jin Wen.
If you have questions regarding the Environmental Engineering Graduate Program please contact Dr. Charles Haas.

  • TOEFL – 600/250 – iBT scores will be reviewed based on section scores and total scores

  • GRE (full-time only) – Minimum score varies

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Application must be submitted by January 1 to be considered for assistantships

PhD students are required to take a candidacy exam, proposal exam, and are required to complete a thesis and an oral defense.

The Graduate College has more information as well as appropriate forms for degree completion, etc.

Financial Support

Many students are eligible for Research or Teaching Assistant support throughout their graduate studies. Students are encouraged to discuss the possibilities with your potential advisor. Such support is generally based on a combination of prior academic record and availability of support funds from the advisor and/or department. Each case is considered individually.  Financial aid for incoming PhD students is considered at the time of acceptance.

*In the event of any conflict between the information on this web page and official policies and catalogs, the official policies and catalogs take precedence.