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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

*This program is eligible for the STEM OPT Extension.

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 Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School 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 School 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

*This program is eligible for the STEM OPT Extension.

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 Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School 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 School 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, Accelerated Master of Science

On Campus

*This program is eligible for the STEM OPT Extension.

Admission Criteria

Current MU undergraduate students are eligible to apply to this program. To be considered for admission to the accelerated MS program in Civil Engineering, a student must:

  • Have completed at least 90 credit hours towards a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or above in their introductory courses of the selected area of emphasis (CE 3200 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering or CE 3702 Hydrology for environmental/water resources, CE 3400 Fundamental of Geotechnical Engineering for geotechnical, CE 3300 Structural Analysis I for structures and  CE 3100 Fundamental of Transportation Engineering for transportation).

The application deadline for the MS accelerated program is March 1st for fall admission and October 1st for spring admission.

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School 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 School online application. DO NOT send any hard copies to the Civil Engineering department.

  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose