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Admission Requirements

Admission to study in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences is not restricted to civil and environmental 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.

Requirements for the M.S. Degree

The M.S. degree requires:

  • a minimum of two semesters at the University
  • total of 30 credit hours, including at least 16 to 24 credits of formal graduate coursework with the remaining credits earned through research
  • an overall grade point average of at least 3.0, and
  • successful completion and defense of a written research thesis in front of a committee (composed of the student's research advisor and two additional readers).

M.S. students are expected to complete all degree requirements, except defense of the thesis within three semesters. 

Ph.D. students may receive a M.S. degree without completing a written M.S. thesis if the student:

  • has completed the course requirements for the M.S. degree
  • passed the university candidacy examination for the Ph.D.
  • been first or second author on a research manuscript accepted for publication or published in a refereed technical/scientific journal, and
  • defended the research described in that manuscript in front of a committee (composed of the student's research advisor and two additional readers).

More information can be obtained from the Graduate Student Handbook.

Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree

Students with a deeper interest in graduate studies may pursue the Doctor of Philosophy within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. The requirements for the Ph.D. are:

  • a minimum of three full academic years of study and research beyond the bachelor's degree
  • a total of 72 credit hours (students are encouraged to fulfill a portion of the course requirements in related disciplines outside the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences)
  • an overall grade point average of at least 3.0
  • passing a series of written examinations demonstrating advanced skills in their field of study
  • passing an oral candidacy examination in the student's major areas of study, and
  • successful defense of a written dissertation in front of a committee (composed of the student's research advisor and three additional readers).

Students are expected to complete all Ph.D. requirements in approximately four years.  

More information can be obtained from the Graduate Student Handbook.