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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Doctoral Program

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Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. For admission to the Ph.D. program, the student's overall grade point average must be 3.3 or better, and 3.4 in the last two years as an undergraduate student. Students who do not satisfy these minimum standards will not be considered for admission to the program until they have completed an M.S. degree and have earned a grade point average in courses taken for graduate credit which is not less than 3.5. Also, see the Graduate Program Mission and Learning Objectives.


Candidates for the doctoral degree must complete ninety credits beyond the baccalaureate, including thirty credits of dissertation direction, and sixty credits of course work and directed study. The thirty credit dissertation registration requirement is fulfilled by registering for the courses C E 9991, 9992, 9993, and 9994 (Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction I, II, III, and IV, respectively), in consecutive academic year semesters. All doctoral students are required to submit a Plan of Work indicating their course work (with major/minor designation), and developed in consultation with an advisor. For regulations governing doctoral study see Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in the graduate bulletin for details. For specific departmental requirements, students should consult the current issue of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Student Handbook. View the departmental Ph.D. Timeline here. 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) with a major in one of the four specialty areas :