Application Process

Civil Engineering Department

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We welcome applications from students interested in pursuing a Civil Engineering M.S. Interested students should browse our web pages and faculty research pages to make sure we’re a good fit for your specific research interests.

We also recommend you contact the UMD faculty member(s) you are interested in working with to discuss possible research directions and projects with them.

December 15 is the deadline for Fall Semester admittance of the following year. March 31 is the deadline for Spring Semester admittance of the following year.

Please note: Applicants from the United States applying for a part-time study or those who are not applying for financial support are able to apply as late as March 15 for fall and September 15 for spring semester respectively. However, they are still encouraged to apply by the above mentioned deadlines.

Current UMD Civil Engineering undergraduate students: GRE scores requirement is waived. Letters of Recommendation are not required from current UMD Civil Engineering undergraduate students unless applying for the Integrated Undergraduate Graduate (IUG) program.


To be considered for 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.
  • Students from disciplines other than civil engineering, may need some remedial coursework.
  • Students requiring a substantial amount of remedial coursework (e.g., more than 3 courses) may be advised to complete a few courses prior to entry into the program, but it may be possible to complete the additional coursework while 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 needed coursework.

Application Procedures

All materials are submitted electronically through the online application system, but please review the following first.

In addition to the required information in the online application, please make sure to complete the following to make sure you are given proper consideration:

  • Personal Statement (limit to one page)

  • Diversity Statement (limit to one page)

  • Program form for Civil Engineering. Please upload this completed form on the website as "Graduate Program Additional Materials". The form is located under the Program Supplementary Information section or you can download it here 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.

  • Unofficial transcripts - Official transcripts or paper copies are not needed for initial review. However, if admitted the University will then require official transcripts.

  • TOEFL Score - Required only for international applicants where native language is not English (see tab below for more information)
  • GRE Score* - Submit electronically and 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. 

  • Two letters of recommendation* (see tab below for more information)

*GRE scores requirement is waived for current UMD Civil Engineering undergraduate students. Letters of recommendation are waived for current UMD Civil Engineering undergraduate students unless applying for the Integrated Undergraduate Graduate (IUG) program.

Recommendation Letters

  • Recommendation 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: the capacity in which they know you-- as a teacher, research advisor, work supervisor, etc. and for how long; your academic (or work) record and accomplishments; and their assessment 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. See contact information in the contact box of this page.

  • Please note that a review of your application will not be conducted until all letters have been received.

  • Recommendation letters are not required for current UMD Civil Engineering undergraduate students unless applying for the Integrated Undergraduate Graduate (IUG) program.

TOEFL Details

  • TOEFL Score - Required only for international applicants where native language is not English, see minimum requirements below. 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 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.

Information Required in the Application

  • Personal Information

  • Application Information

  • Educational Background

  • Languages

  • Awards & Activities

  • Employment/Residence Information

  • Financial Support

  • Applicant Statements

  • Recommendations 

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

Application Fee

Uploading transcripts and credentials: Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly in the on-line application. DO NOT mail in transcripts.

A decision for admission will be emailed to you after your application has been carefully reviewed by the department’s admission committee and your transcripts and any credentials (test reports, diploma copies, etc.) have been authenticated by Graduate School officials.