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Graduate Degrees - Application Process

Application Deadlines

For applicants who are applying to start in the Fall quarter and wish to receive priority consideration for funding as Graduate Research or Teaching Assistants the deadline is:

•    Priority Fall - First Monday of January

For all other applicants, the deadlines are:

•    Fall - April 1
•    Winter - September 1
•    Spring - November 1

Application Process

STEP 1: Complete the PSU University Application

  • Complete the online PSU Application for Admission
  • Mail one official transcript, in its unopened envelope, from each post-secondary institution attended (PSU transcript not reqired) to Admissions at this address:

Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

The application requires a $50.00 non-refundable application fee (do not send cash). The fee is good for one year.

For international students

  • If your native language is not English and you do not have a U.S. degree, you will be required to prove English Language Proficiency. Minimum test score requirements are listed here.
  • Additional information and requirements for international students can be found here.  

STEP 2: Complete the CEE Department Application

  • Complete the online Departmental application
  • As part of the online application you will be required to provide:
    • Your degree option (MEng, MS - Project, MS - Thesis, or PhD)
    • Your selected concentration area (Structural, Transportation, Geotechnical, Environmental / Water Resources)
    • An adviser preference (PhD only). Since the Ph.D. student must have a supervising adviser for admittance, all prospective Ph.D. students must contact one of the faculty members in their research area of interest prior to submitting their Ph.D. application. Please note that the Ph.D. program is offered only in the Structural, Transportation, and Environmental / Water Resources concentration areas.
      • Note: The Department is not accepting applications to the Ph.D. program in Structural engineering for the Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 terms for capacity reasons. Interested Structural Ph.D. applicants are encouraged to apply for the Fall 2015 term.
    • A Statement of Purpose describing your long term career goals and why you are applying to the graduate program. If you are applying to the MS or PhD program, you should clearly describe your research interests and strengths. This is an important statement. Limited to no more than one page.
    • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
    • The email addresses of three (3) people who will provide letters of recommendation for you.  Select these carefully. At least one reference should be a faculty member. 
      • Please note: your recommenders will each receive a recommendation request via email. You will be able to check the status of your letters of recommendation, send reminder emails to recommenders, and send requests to new recommenders by logging in to your online account and selecting "Review Your Activity." It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that letters of recommendation are submitted on time. 
    • GRE scores (mandatory for international students, strongly recommended for students with a degree granted from a university in the USA). In addition to entering on application, please have official scores sent directly to us from ETS using the following codes:
      • PSU School Code: 4610
      • CEE Department Code: 1102
  • Mail one official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended (PSU transcript is not required) to

Civil & Environmental Engineering
ATTN: Graduate Program Application Transcripts
Portland State University
PO Box 751 - CEE
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Failure to supply complete and accurate information will subject a student to the University’s policies governing academic dishonesty. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Admission requirements – MS and MEng

Admission requirements for the MS and MEng degrees include a B.S./B.A. degree in an engineering field, science, or closely related area with a minimum GPA of 3.00. Courses should include calculus through differential equations, physics and chemistry, computer programming, and all the necessary prerequisites for the graduate courses that comprise the student’s program of study. Applicants without these qualifications may be considered for conditional admission.  To be considered for admission as a conditional student, the applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.75. Applicants must also meet PSU graduate admission requirements.

Applicants with GPAs below 2.75 should review the Department's Policy for Students Applying to the MS/MEng Program with UGPA < 2.75

*Please note: Applicants who do not have a B.S. degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering should review this advising document on "Qualifying for Admission to the Graduate Program without a Bachelor's Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering."

Admission requirements – PhD

Admission requirements for the PhD program include a M.S. degree in an engineering field, science, or closely related area.  All applicants must contact a CEE faculty member prior to submitting an application seeking a PhD advisor. For admission, a student must have a CEE faculty member agree to be his/her PhD advisor. Applicants must also meet PSU graduate admission requirements. Please note that the Ph.D. program is offered only in the Structural, Transportation, and Environmental / Water Resources concentration areas.