The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. All programs are planned on an individual basis by the student and an adviser taking into consideration the student's background and special interests. Areas of concentration at both the master's and doctoral levels include: transportation engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, civil systems and project management.
Applicants for admission should hold a B.S. degree in civil engineering. However, applicants with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines may be accepted with the stipulation that deficiencies in prerequisite undergraduate coursework be corrected before enrolling in graduate courses. In addition to the requirements set forth by the Graduate School, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply to the Master's Program, and a minimum GPA of 3.5 to apply to the Doctoral Program. Applicants with lower GPA's may be considered and accepted in a provisional basis if other indicators of ability are exceptional (letters of recommendation, GRE scores, prior experience ...). Applicants are also required to submit results from the Graduate Record Examination. There are no entrance examinations required for the program.
Type of Applicant Fall Spring
Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and Permanent Residents with foreign credentials; International Applicants seeking admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants
Deadline: May 1
Preferred: December 1
Deadline: October 15
Preferred: September 1
International Applicants seeking admission under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
Deadline: February 1
Deadline: June 1
- GRE General
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- Official Transcripts
- Statement of Purpose
Master of Science or Master of Engineering (M.S. or M.E.)
The M.S. degree program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option. In addition to an M.S. degree, the department also offers a Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree. The Department's policies and requirements are the same as those of the Graduate School.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The requirements for the Ph.D. degree are also the same as those of the Graduate School. The student will work closely with an adviser to develop an approved program of study suited to his or her individual needs. Before admission to candidacy, the student must pass a qualifying examination, which is normally taken after the coursework is at least 75 percent completed. There is no language requirement for the Ph.D.
Departmental research facilities include laboratories in the following areas: transportation, systems analysis, environmental engineering, hydraulics, remote sensing, structures, and soil mechanics. Graduate students have convenient access to a spectrum of computer facilities, including networked personal computers and workstations, specialized computer-aided design, graphics, and visualization laboratories, campus mainframe computers, and remote supercomputer facilities.
The Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas are easily accessible for data, field studies, library access, contacts with national organizations, and attendance at national meetings. The location of the University of Maryland offers a unique opportunity to obtain an advanced degree in civil engineering.
Research assistantships are available from individual faculty members. Only a limited number of teaching assistantships are available. Part-time work as grading assistants is available as well.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1173 Glenn L. Martin Hall
University of Maryland
Telephone: (301) 405-4195
Fax: (301) 405-2585