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.


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


Alternatively, an official electronic transcript can be sent directly from the college or university to

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.


The online application requires the names and contact information for persons who have agreed to serve as recommenders on your behalf. The specific number of letters of recommendations are different for our programs, and are as follows:

Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) & Master of Construction Management (MCM) degrees - 2 letters

All Master of Science (MS) & Doctoral (PhD) degrees - 3 letters

Non-Degree Seeking & Graduate Certificates - No letters required

The online application system will send an e-mail with a link to an online recommendation form to the contacts you provide.

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.

English Proficiency Requirement

For English Proficiency, please see the Graduate Studies English Proficiency website:  English proficiency requirements | Graduate Admissions (

Note:  All students who are not native speakers of English and/or international students and who are admitted to campus-based programs are required to check-in at the Applied English Center (AEC) upon arrival on campus. At that time, the AEC will confirm the student's level of English proficiency and determine if English courses are required.

Submitting Scores

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 2 - Priority date for financial aid.

Application Deadlines when applying for the Spring semester

October 1 - Priority date for financial aid.

Application Deadlines when applying for the Summer semester

December 2 - 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:

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

Associate Professor, Jian Li



CEAE Graduate Program Coordinator

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