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Graduate Programs

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences is committed to offering cutting edge graduate programs to allow students to reach their full potential and develop a high level of skill in their careers. Our success in this endeavor is strongly dependent on our ability to bring talented and motivated students into our program. We are therefore making every effort to provide attractive financial aid packages to all qualified graduate students.

  • During the first year, all incoming, full-time, degree-seeking graduate students receive full financial support from the Department, comprised of a tuition scholarship and a competitive stipend.
  • After the first year, our normal practice is to use research grants to continue providing students with full financial support.
  • We also offer early admission and financial support to start your graduate program during the summer as well as professional development opportunities with funding to travel and present your research at professional conferences.
  • Our focused graduate programs with close one-to-one faculty-student relationships and our tightly-knit collegiate environment between students and faculty ensure success at all levels.

All students admitted into the program will be invited (at the Department’s expense) to visit us before they make their final decisions. This will give applicants an opportunity to see our campus and facilities, and talk to our faculty, staff, and graduate students. Our online application page can be accessed through http://graduateschool.nd.edu/admissions/.

If you are interested in Notre Dame for your graduate studies, please contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Antonio Simonetti (CEEESDGS@nd.edu), for an application fee waiver. Feel free to contact Dr. Simonetti or any other member of our faculty with questions regarding graduate studies in the Department.

Degrees Offered

At the graduate level, our Department offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) as well as four Master degrees: Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE), Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSEnvE), Master of Science in Earth Sciences (MS), and the Master of Science (MS). A Masters degree is not required to pursue the Ph.D.

  • The Ph.D. is the highest degree conferred by the University of Notre Dame. As such, earning this degree signifies that a recipient has 1) obtained mastery of a topical area through formal courses and/or independent readings; 2) demonstrated the ability to formulate original questions and complete a research program to address those questions (resulting in the student's dissertation); and 3) developed his or her communication skills in order to interact with peers in both formal and informal settings, to make effective technical presentations, and to participate effectively in the critique process of such presentations.
  • Students with a wide range of background in engineering and sciences can apply to the Ph.D.
  • A Ph.D. student may receive a Master degree without completing a thesis if the student has completed the course requirements for the Master degree, passed the university candidacy examination for the doctorate, and been first or second author on a research manuscript accepted for publication or published in a refereed technical/scientific journal.
  • The MSCE and MSEnvE degrees are available to those students holding an undergraduate engineering degree or who have been, prior to beginning their graduate programs, accepted as qualifying to take the FE exam by an engineering licensing board.
  • The MSEnvE degree is intended primarily for those students studying environmental engineering and the MSCE degree is primarily intended for those students studying civil engineering.
  • The MS in Earth Sciences degree is available to those students holding an undergraduate degree in Geological or Earth sciences or who have or will have taken a minimum of three 60000 or above level courses in the area of earth sciences. This degree is primarily intended for those students studying earth sciences.
  • The general Master of Science degree is available for those students who do not fulfill the requirements of the above three degrees.

Admission Requirements

Admission to study in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences is not restricted to civil engineering or earth sciences undergraduate majors. Applications are also encouraged from students with superior records in other fields of engineering or physical sciences who wish to participate in the programs of study offered by the department.

Candidates must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School of the University. Requirements for admission include an outstanding record in an appropriate undergraduate program and a bachelor's degree. Each applicant should submit

  • a completed Graduate School application form,
  • unofficial transcripts,
  • GRE scores,
  • recommenders (at least three),
  • a curriculum vitae, and
  • a statement of intent electronically

through http://graduateschool.nd.edu/admissions/. Please note: All materials received by mail will be discarded. Foreign students are also required to verify competency in English by submitting the scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with their applications. A personal interview or visit to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences is often helpful to the admission process.