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Applying to the Civil Engineering Graduate Program

To be considered for admission to the graduate program in civil engineering (CE), applicants must have earned a B.S. degree in engineering (e.g., civil, mechanical, chemical, environmental) or the sciences (e.g., chemistry, physics, mathematics) with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

For students from disciplines other than civil engineering, some remedial coursework may be needed. Students requiring a substantial amount of remedial coursework (e.g., more than 3 courses) may be recommended to complete a few courses prior to entry into the program, but for most students the additional coursework could be completed while a graduate student in the program. Please consult with the CE Director of Graduate Studies or a faculty member in your area of interest for a review and assessment of your academic background and coursework need.

ATTENTION: Please upload your unofficial transcripts with your online application. No exceptions.

CE Application Instructions

The complete application process for the M.S. degree program is online. The application should be made using the "ApplyYourself" system of the Graduate School. To start the application select this link, but please review the admission information below first.

In addition to the required information on the ApplyYourself website, please make sure to complete the following in order to make sure that your application is given proper consideration:

  • Applicant Statement Number 1 (Educational and Career Goals, limit to one page)
  • Applicant Statement Number 2 (Statement of Purpose, limit to one page)
  • Program form for Civil Engineering (Please upload this form on the ApplyYourself website as "Graduate Program Additional Application". This is located under Program Supplementary Information section of ApplyYourself or download form now, Graduate Program Selection Form)
  • CV or Resume (Please list your technical publications and conference presentations. CV or resume should be uploaded in the Program Supplemental Information section of ApplyYourself)
  • Unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts or paper copies are not needed for initial review. However, if admitted the University will then require official transcripts)
  • GRE Score (Submit electronically using ApplyYourself, make sure to send score to the department. The institution code for the University of Minnesota Duluth campus is 6873 and GRE department code is 1102.) [This requirement is waived for applicants in CE-IUG Program and Current CE undergraduate students at UMD ]
  • TOEFL Score (Required only for international applicants where native language is not English, see minimum requirements below. Submit to ApplyYourself). The institution code for the University of Minnesota Duluth campus is 6873.
  • The TOEFL score is sent directly to the Graduate School Admissions Office, but you must fill in code number 65 to indicate civil engineering as your field of interest.

    The TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS is REQUIRED for all international applicants whose native language is not English, except those who have completed 24 quarter credits or 16 semester credits (within the last 24 months) in the residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States before entering the University of Minnesota. The operational standard for admission to the Graduate School is a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL (or 213 on the computer-based test), 80 on the MELAB or 6.5 on the IELTS. For students taking the Internet-based TOEFL test an overall score of 79 is needed, with a minimum of 21 on the writing and 19 on the reading portions of the exam required.

  • Letters of Recommendation (Two letters are required) [This requirement is waived for applicants in CE-IUG Program and Current CE undergraduate students at UMD]
  • Letters should be requested from two persons familiar with your performance in an academic or non-academic (i.e. work) setting and who can comment on your potential for success in graduate school. Preference is for recommenders from academia. CE does not have a specific form or format for letters of recommendation, but we request that recommenders address the following points: (i) the capacity in which they know you-- as a teacher, research advisor, work supervisor, etc. and for how ling; (ii) your academic (or work) record and accomplishments; and (iii) their assesment of your ability to succeed in graduate-level coursework and research.

    Letters of recommendation should be submitted online through your existing application. Follow the instructions for online letters. When recommenders use the online submittal process, there is a Graduate School student rating form that is optional. It is important that each recommender submit a narrative letter, regardless of whether or not they use the optional rating form.

    While online recommendations are preferred, paper copies are acceptable. Paper copies should be directly mailed to the department in sealed envelopes.

    Director of Graduate Studies
    University of Minnesota, Duluth
    221 Civil Engineering Bldg
    1405 University Drive
    Duluth, MN 55812

  • Please note that application review is not be conducted until all letters have been received

Application Deadlines

Applications to the Civil Engineering Department are due December 15 for consideration for the following fall semester and March 31 for consideration for the following spring semester. Domestic applicants applying for a part-time study who do not require financial support are able to apply as late as March 15 for fall and September 12 for spring semester respectively, but are still encouraged to apply by the above mentioned CE deadlines.

Application Checklist


Where to Submit:

How to Submit:

Application Electronically via ApplyYourself

Required fields: Personal Information, Applications Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements #1 & #2m and Recommendations,

Optional fields: All other fields or application materials are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted.

Application Fee Electronically via AppyYourself When you have completed your application and are ready to submit it, you must pay your application fee ($75 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and $95 for international students) via credit/check card online.
Program Form Electronically via ApplyYourself Upload form under "Graduate Program Additional Application" this is found in the Program Supplementary Information in the ApplyYourself system
Transcripts Electronically via ApplyYourself Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. [If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material]
Letters of Recommendation Electronically via ApplyYourself Acceptable recommendations will come from current or former professionals in related field who can assess your potential for graduate work. Other recommenders, such as employers, are also acceptable. Paper copies are acceptable, but not preferred. Please directly mail paper copies to the Civil Engineering Department.
GRE Scores Electronically via ApplyYourself Our department requires GRE scores for admission. Scores should be entered in the Test Information-Self-Reported field in ApplyYourself. If scores are pending please indicate so in ApplyYourself.
English Language test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) Electronically via ApplyYourself Required for students whose native language is not English.


*Unofficial copies of your transcripts are acceptable for the application process. If you are accepted you will need your previous school to send official transcripts to the admissions office. Your official transcripts must show your degree and the date it was awarded.

*For CE-IUG students GRE scores and letter of recommendation requirements are waived.

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