Construction Engineering and Management

Admission – How to Apply

The CEAE Department does NOT offer application fee waivers

A minimum of 3.0 GPA is required for admission into any of the graduate degree programs in the CEAE department.

Complete the online application: APPLY

Application Fees are:

Degree-Seeking, Domestic: $65
Degree-Seeking, International: $85
Certificate-Seeking: $30
Non-degree seeking: $30
Permit to Re-enroll: $20

Undergraduate Preparation

Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering – An ABET-accredited BS degree in engineering, or the equivalent from abroad, is required for admission to our graduate degree and certificate programs in civil engineering, environmental engineering and architectural engineering.

Environmental Science – A bachelor’s degree in a field of science is required for admission to our graduate degree programs in environmental science.

Master of Construction Management – A bachelor’s degree in engineering or a relevant non-engineering field such as architecture or business.


Before you can be admitted, we must receive an official transcript from each university or college you have attended. The official transcript must be sent directly from the university or college to the KU Graduate Application Processing Center at this address:

Graduate Application Processing Center
313 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Alternatively an official electronic transcript can be sent directly from the college or university to the Graduate Program Coordinator.  When you submit the online application, a copy of official transcripts may be uploaded to your application. However, we must receive official transcripts by the end of your 1st semester.

GRE Exam Scores GRE scores are waived for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms

Applicants for the M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs are required to take all three sections of the General GRE (Analytical, Quantitative and Verbal).  While our Department does not have a minimum required score for the GRE, most admitted applicants have at least a 155 on the Quantitative Section of the exam.  However, decisions to admit are based on a prospective student’s entire application package.  Admitted students with highly competitive application packages will be considered for GRA/GTA responsibilities.

The GRE general exam is not required for part-time admission to the MCE and MCM degree programs. Applicants for full-time graduate study must submit GRE scores.  The GRE general exam is not required for admission to the Graduate Certificate programs. The GRE subject exam in engineering is not required. 

When you request a GRE score report from ETS, specify the University of Kansas as the institution (institution code 6871) and "engineering, civil" as the department (department code 1102) for all degree programs in the CEAE Department.


In the online application, enter the names and e-mail addresses of two persons who will provide recommendations for you. The online application system will send those persons an e-mail with a link to an online recommendation form.

Resume and Statement of Purpose

Upload your resume and statement of purpose to the online application site. The statement of purpose is a brief explanation of your academic and career interests and goals and your desired area of specialization. A statement of purpose is not required for admission to the graduate certificate programs.

International Applicants

International applicants who are non-native English speakers must meet KU’s English proficiency requirements.

For admission to any of the CEAE Department’s graduate degree programs, international applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the following requirements:

TOEFL – Reading, listening and writing part scores all 20 or higher.

IELTS – Overall score 6.0 or higher, with reading, listening and writing part scores all 5.5 or higher

International applicants who wish to be considered for financial aid must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the following requirements:

       TOEFL – Reading, listening and writing part scores all 23 or higher

       IELTS – Overall score 6.5 or higher, with reading, listening and writing part scores all 6.0 or higher

TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required for applicants with a baccalaureate degree (or higher) earned in residence from an accredited English-medium U.S. college or university or a college or university in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, English-speaking province of Canada, or an English-speaking Caribbean country, with instruction conducted in English. Degrees earned online may not be used to verify English proficiency.

All applicants must submit an official TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo score report (not student’s copy), with scores achieved not more than two years prior to the requested start date for graduate study. Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to:

Office of Graduate Studies
213 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence KS 66045-7535

When ordering TOEFL scores, specify institution code 6871 and program code 65.

Applicants from institutions that use consolidated mark sheets (as in India and Pakistan) must also provide official copies of individual mark sheets. Applicants from institutions that use diploma award certificates (as in P.R. China) must provide an official copy of this certificate.

KU International Student Services provides helpful information and assistance to international applicants.


Deadlines for submission of all required application documents are as follows.

  Fall/Summer Semester Spring Semester
Priority Deadlines (MS and PhD) December 1 September 1
Rolling Reviews (all CEAE grad programs Two business days before start of classes Two business days before start of classes

There are no priority application dates for the MCE and MCM programs or the Graduate Certificates.

Applications are processed immediately upon receipt of all required documents.

M.S. and Ph.D. applicants who wish to be fully considered for all types of financial aid should submit all application documents before the priority date.  Applicants admitted after the priority date are considered for any remaining financial aid.

Financial Aid

A variety of scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships are available to M.S. and Ph.D. students through the School of Engineering and KU. Individual funding is awarded on a competitive basis. Not all admitted applicants receive funding offers.

Review of Applications

When we have received all of your required application documents, the Graduate Admissions Committee will review your application, and the Director of Graduate Studies will inform you of the committee’s decision by e-mail. You will receive an official notice of the decision from the University a few days later.

You can check your application status online. If you have any questions or issues regarding your application or admission, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.

We are happy to visit with you individually and assist you in planning your graduate studies. Contact us to arrange a visit and tour.

CEAE Director of Graduate Studies
Caroline Bennett, Ph.D.

CEAE Graduate Program Coordinator


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