Graduate Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate Admission Requirements & Deadlines

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Admission Criteria

Admission requirements for the MS and MEng degrees include a B.S 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

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


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.

Application Deadlines

The CEE Department admits graduate students fall, winter, and spring terms.There are two deadlines for each term, the application deadline and the supplemental materials deadline. Supplemental materials include test scores and letters of recommendation. All applications must be fully completed by the supplemental materials deadline in order to be evaluated.

Term Application Deadline Supplemental Materials Deadline
Fall January 1st January 15th
Winter September 1st September 15th
Spring November 1st November 15th

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Application Process


Students can apply to any graduate program through Graduate Admissions.

Portland State University's graduate application requires the following documents:

International applicants must also submit:

In addition to the above requirements, the program-specific sections of the application require the following information and documents:

  • Your degree option (MEng, MS - Project, MS - Thesis, or PhD)
  • Your selected concentration area (Structural, Transportation, Geotechnical, or Environmental/Water Resources)
  • An adviser preference (PhD only). Since the PhD student must have a supervising adviser for admittance, all prospective PhD students must contact one of the faculty members in their research area of interest prior to submitting their PhD application. 
  • A statement of purpose describing your long term career goals and why you are applying to the graduate program. You should clearly describe your research interests and strengths. This is an important statement. Please limit your statement 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 from a previous degree program/academic institution who is familiar with your academic performance. 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. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that letters of recommendation are submitted on time. 
  • GRE scores (required for MS and PhD applicants who do not have a previous degree from a university in the United States, strongly recommended for all other MS and PhD applicants, not required for MEng applicants). In addition to entering your scores on the application, please have official scores sent directly to PSU from ETS using the following codes:
    • PSU School Code: 4610
    • CEE Department Code: 1102

Failure to supply complete and accurate information will subject a student to the University’s policies governing academic dishonesty.

Decision Notification

Applicants will receive their admission decision through the application once it has been made. The CEE Department does not have a timeline or deadline for when decisions are made.

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