Applying for Graduate Study in Civil Engineering

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Application Process

Applicants must complete a University Application for Admission.  Materials to be submitted include transcripts from all previous post-secondary education, GRE scores, TOEFL (or alternative test) scores, an Affidavit of Financial Proof for international applicants, a curriculum vita and three letters of recommendation.  Applications are due December 31 for study that begins the following Fall Semester (end of August).  It is possible for some students to begin study with the Spring Semester (beginning of January) with applications being due by September 30.  Details

Admission Standards

Applications are reviewed individually as a complete package, and there are no fixed numerical requirements.  The general MS admission standards are a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0) in a B.S. program in engineering, competency in core undergraduate subjects related to civil engineering, and proficiency in the English language.  The general PhD admission standards are a GPA of at least 3.5 in a M.S. civil engineering program, evidence of research potential and proficiency in the English language.  Details

Areas of Study

The MS curriculum is designed to provide knowledge and skills in one of several specialty areas: structural engineering, hydrology and water resources engineering, geotechnical and pavements engineering and transportation engineering.  Students may further specialize through elective courses and independent projects or research in more specific subjects of interest.  The PhD curriculum is designed individually to address the student’s career objectives and research opportunities.  Details

Linked BS-MS Program

Undergraduate students at Michigan State University with a grade point average above 3.5 may apply prior to their last one or two semesters for a program that integrates their BS and MS program of study by allowing up to 9 credits of coursework to be counted toward both degrees.  Details

Costs and Financial Support

Graduate tuition and fees for each academic year (two semesters) are posted on the MSU Controller's Office page. Housing, living expenses and academic supplies are additional. International students must provide proof of their ability to cover the cost of attending MSU in order to complete the admission process and be issued visa documents.  All gradate applicants are considered for financial aid in the form of assistantships and fellowships.  Applicants may also choose to apply for external scholarships and loans. Details