Graduate Admissions

The Fall 2018 MSE/PhD application is now closed. The Fall 2019 application will be available in early September.

For general information on our degree programs: click here If you have already applied and are waiting for a decision: click here


  • We only offer Fall admissions for applicants external to U-M. We do not offer Spring/Winter admissions for non-University of Michigan students. If you are an external student and apply for admission for Winter term, your application will not be reviewed and the application fee is non-refundable.
  • The PhD deadline is December 15.
  • The MSE deadline is January 15.
  • The MEng deadline is January 15.
  • Winter Master's deadline (for U-M students ONLY) is October 1.

Admissions Requirements

  • The Civil and Environmental Engineering department expects an applicant to have earned a Bachelor’s degree in the field or an equivalent by the time he/she registers in a CEE program. Applicants should possess a very strong background in math, physics, chemistry, or engineering. Admission is extremely competitive.
  • Applicants without a Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering may be eligible to apply if they have equivalent academic experience. To determine if you have equivalent experience, read through the Bachelor’s program requirements and review the required courses.
  • A Master’s degree is not required for admittance to the PhD program. Most students who go directly into the PhD program get a MSE in Civil or Environmental Engineering along the way. Some students also plan their course work so that they earn an additional master’s degree in another engineering department.

Department Application Procedure

Online Application

Application Fee

  • The 2017-18 fee for United States citizens and those with permanent resident visa status is $75. The fee for non-U.S. citizens is $90. This fee is non-refundable and subject to change.
  • For information about fee waivers and need-based grants for PhD and MSE applicants, see the Rackham website. Our department does not give fee waivers or grants.

GRE Information

  • All PhD and MSE must take the GRE with the exception of SUGS applicants.
  • GRE scores are required. We do not have a minimum score required to apply. The average GRE scores for our Fall 2017 incoming class are: 164 (Quantitative), 156 (Verbal), 4.0 (AW) for PhD students and 165 (Quantitative), 151 (Verbal), 3.5 (AW) for Master's students.
  • GRE reporting code is 1839- Department code not required.
  • GRE scores of up to 5 years old as of the application deadline may be used.

TOEFL/IELTS Information

  • TOEFL (IBT) minimum is 84. If you are required to take the TOEFL and your score is below 84, you cannot be admitted as a graduate student at the University of Michigan.
  • TOEFL reporting code is 1839- Department code not required.
  • IELTS minimum is 6.5. If your score is below 6.5, you cannot be admitted as a graduate student at the University of Michigan.
  • English Language proficiency scores of up to 2 years old as of the application deadline may be used.
  • Visit the Rackham website for information on the English proficiency requirement for non-native English speakers.


  • Average undergraduate GPA of our Fall 2017 PhD class is 3.8/4.0 and for the Master's cohort is 3.5/4.0.
  • If your institution does not use a 4.0 scale, the Rackham Graduate School (or College of Engineering for M.Eng. applicants) will convert your GPA when they receive your transcripts.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Our department requires three letters of recommendation. They should be from professors, employers, or others who know you well.
  • Letters of recommendation can be submitted online and this is the preferred method of delivery. If your recommenders insist on submitting paper letters, they can send them to our department at the address listed below. If a recommender has problems submitting a letter online, please contact us at


  • For MSE and PhD applicants, official transcripts should be sent to the Rackham Graduate School at the address listed in the Mailing Address section below. For guidelines regarding official transcripts, please see the Rackham website.
  • For MEng applicants, official transcripts should be sent to the College of Engineering Graduate Professional Program at the address listed in the Mailing Address section below.
  • We do not require a set of official transcripts be sent to the department. However, applicants should upload their unofficial transcripts with their application by the deadline. The unofficial transcript will be used to make Departmental application decisions.
  • Our department cannot confirm that transcripts mailed to the Rackham Graduate School have been received. It typically takes several weeks for Rackham to upload transcripts after they have been received.

Academic Statement of Purpose

  • This is a chance for you to give the Admissions Committee details about your academic background and career aspirations. You will want to talk about your engineering experiences, your motivation for pursuing a higher degree, your long-term goals, as well as your specific interests.
  • Academic Statement of Purpose should be a page or a little over a page long.

Personal Statement

  • In this document, you should indicate how your personal background and life experiences, including social, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges, have motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Michigan.
  • This is not an Academic Statement of Purpose, but a discussion of the personal journey that has led to your decision to seek a graduate degree.
  • Personal Statement should be about 500 words (this is approximately one page single-spaced, or two pages double-spaced).

Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  • We require that you submit a resume or curriculum vitae.
  • You may update this document if you feel there is something significant that you would like to add after you have submitted your application. You would do so by sending the updated document to our department at

Note for students applying to more than one degree program: You must submit the application, fee, and ALL required credentials including the GRE and TOEFL scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation for each program separately. Policy on transfer credit: Graduate credits may be transferred to Master's degree programs only. Generally, up to 6 credits may be transferred, providing they meet program requirements. Please refer to the Rackham Graduate School Transfer of Credit Policy for regulations for transfer of credit into the Master’s degree program.


Additional Information

Admission Decisions

  • Final decisions on admission are typically made by April 15.
  • If you are not accepted and you would like to apply for a future term, you must submit a new application.
    • An application fee is required for each new application submission.

Admission Deferrals

  • You may defer your admission for up to one year under the following circumstances: medical emergency, family emergency, delay or denial of a visa, or a natural disaster (earthquake or hurricane).
    • If your circumstances meet these criteria, please prepare a request to defer admission along with an explanation for the request and send it to the CEE department at
    • You may request admission deferral after your admission has been finalized by the Rackham Graduate School.

Financial Aid

  • All incoming PhD students are offered full financial support which includes a stipend, full tuition, health benefits and dental benefits while they are active in the program. Support may be offered in the form of a Departmental Fellowship, Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA), Graduate Student Instructorship (GSI) or through External Fellowships for which the student may apply.
  • Funding is very limited for Master’s students. Master's students may have the opportunity to apply for GSI or grading (temp) positions after their first term at UM. There are also a limited number of departmental scholarships depending on area that students admitted to our program can apply for. You will be notified if any of these apply to you. Please see the financial aid URL to obtain more information about potential sources of aid in the College of Engineering.
  • For prospective Environmental Engineering Master's students only, please see this page for more funding information. 


Mailing Information

All application information can be submitted online, however if you need to mail materials to Rackham, the Department, or the College of Engineering (for MEng applicants), addresses are as follows:

Graduate Admissions (Letters of Recommendation) Civil & Environmental Engineering 2105 G.G. Brown Building 2350 Hayward St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2125

Admissions (Official Transcripts only) University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies 0120 Rackham Bldg. 915 E. Washington Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070 Graduate Professional Programs (Supporting Materials for MEng) College of Engineering 2214 SI - North 1075 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2112


Graduate Office Contact Information:

Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, Graduate Program Chair

Stacey Stites, Graduate Student Services Assistant
2166 G.G. Brown Building Phone: 734-647-1082


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