Application Process

To Apply

We welcome applications from students interested in pursuing a Civil Engineering M.S. Potential applicants should browse our web pages and faculty research pages to find 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.

The deadline is December 15th for full consideration of financial support for the following academic year. Applications will be considered after this on a rolling basis. 

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. 

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.

Two Paths to Completion

The Civil Engineering Master of Science (MS) is intended for students pursuing a research emphasis and seeking in-depth knowledge in an area within civil engineering. Two options for completing this degree are offered - MS Plan A: Thesis Based and MS Plan B: Project Based. Here is a link to resources and forms for current MS students.

Completion of this plan requires an original body of work resulting from research conducted by the student under the supervision of an advisory committee of graduate faculty members. The MS is 20 credits of course work and 10 credit thesis (approximately 375 hours of work including writing the report) and is usually completed within two years. 




Course within Civil Engineering

6 - 20

5XXX or 8XXX, selected 4XXX

Course Outside of Civil Engineering


Selected 4XXX; 5XXX, 8XXX, must be approved by the student’s advisor and DGS 

Civil Engineering Course Thesis



30 Minimum


Completion of this plan requires 24 credits of coursework and 6 credits for a project (approximately 225 hours of work including writing of the report), usually completed within one to two years. 




Courses within Civil Engineering

6 - 24

5XXX or 8XXX, selected 4XXX courses

Course Outside of Civil Engineering

0 - 18

Selected 4XXX; 5XXX, 8XXX

Course Project within Civil Engineering


CE 8094 - Master's Project


30 Minimum


Integrated Undergraduate Graduate Program - MS IUG 

The Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate program in Civil Engineering provides a unique opportunity for top students to seamlessly integrate their BS and MS degrees. Students typically apply to the program in their junior year and develop an integrated plan of study to complete a BSCE degree directly following by a thesis-based (Plan A) MS degree. Undergraduate students who are admitted into the Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate (IUG) Program can apply up to 9 credits of approved coursework to both their undergraduate (BSCE) and graduate (MSCE) degrees. Students must be admitted to the IUG program prior to taking courses in order to count toward graduate credits.

IUG application deadline
  • December 15th for Spring admission
  • July 15th for Fall admission
IUG application requirements
  • Letters of recommendation from two Civil Engineering faculty members
  • Minimum GPA of 3.35
  • Students must apply to IUG program at least two semesters before completing BSCE degree
  • Admission preference will be given to students committed to completing a thesis-based (Plan A) MS degree

Students that are interested are encouraged to begin talking with their advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies and/or the Department Head about this opportunity early in their undergraduate 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)

  • 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. You can follow the link Here

  • 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. You can follow the link Here

  • 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. You can follow the link Here

  • 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. You can check you application status Here