Graduate Admission


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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

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.

Transcripts

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 Admissions
University of Kansas
KU Visitor Center
1502 Iowa St.
Lawrence, KS 66045

Email: graduateadm@ku.edu

Alternatively, an official electronic transcript can be sent directly from the college or university to graduateadm@ku.edu.

When you submit the online application, a copy of the official transcripts may be uploaded to your application. However, we must receive official transcripts by the end of your 1st semester.

GRE Exam 

The GRE exam is not required for admission to graduate programs in the CEAE department. However, MS and PhD applicants are strongly recommended to take the exam, as some funding decisions are made that include consideration of GRE scores (analytical, quantitative, and verbal). Admitted students with highly competitive application packages will be considered for GRA/GTA responsibilities, and strong GRE scores are one component of a competitive application package.  

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.

Recommendations

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.

Special circumstances due to COVID-19

Because in-person English testing might be challenging for some applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic, the online Duolingo English Test may temporarily be considered as a form of alternative documentation of English proficiency, as determined by KU’s Applied English Center, the Executive Council of Graduate Faculty, and the vice provost of graduate studies. Students who take the Duolingo exam must obtain a minimum score of 115 on the exam and will be required to test with the Applied English Center (AEC) before enrollment. Students should work with their program’s department to submit their Duolingo score to Graduate Admissions for consideration.

Applicants are highly encouraged to take the practice test, as the Duolingo test is somewhat different from other English proficiency exams. Test takers should ask that their results be made visible on KU’s Duolingo dashboard.

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

Admission TOEFL or IELTS scores

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

DUOLINGO - 115 and 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

DUOLINGO - 115 and 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.

Submitting Scores

Duolingo scores and Pearson Test Scores may also be submitted.

All applicants must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS 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:

Graduate Program Coordinator
CEAE Department, 2150 Learned Hall
1530 W. 15th St.
Lawrence, KS 66045

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:

Application Deadlines when applying for the Fall semester

December 1 - Priority date for financial aid.

Application Deadlines when applying for the Spring semester

September 1 - Priority date for financial aid.

Application Deadlines when applying for the Summer semester

December 1 - Priority date for financial aid.

Applications are processed immediately upon receipt of all required documents. Applicants admitted after the priority date are considered for any remaining financial aid. There are no priority application dates for the MCE and MCM programs or the Graduate Certificates.

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

When we have received all of your required application documents, the Graduate Admissions Committee will review your application. 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.

If you have any questions or issues regarding your application or admission, please contact  Graduate Program Coordinator: gradceae@ku.edu

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

Professor Caroline Bennett
E-mail: crb@ku.edu
785-864-3235

CEAE Graduate Program Coordinator

gradceae@ku.edu

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