Graduate Admissions

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers graduate degrees in:

The University of Utah uses the ApplyYourself application portal for all graduate applications.  After creating an account through ApplyYourself, applicants must upload all documentation required for a complete application. 


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE test is WAIVED  for individuals applying for spring and fall 2022 admission.

Waivers for subsequent applications terms will be considered at a later date.

To apply:

  1. Complete an ApplyYourself application.
    • Upload unofficial transcripts from all higher education institutions attended. 
    • Provide contact information for three (3) individuals who can speak about you as an academic and a professional .
    • Write a personal statement (500 words or less) about why you would like to attend this graduate program. 
    • Attach your personal CV/ resume. 
  2. Pay the appropriate application fee.  Note: No cost for Domestic PhD application
    Application Fees as of January 1, 2021
    Domestic MS$55International MS$65
    Domestic PhD$0International PhD$65
  3. Date by which all application materials must be received, to be considered for the listed term.
    Fall Semester:
    (August start)
    First Consideration for Funding: January 1st
    Considered for Funding Available: March 1st
    Spring Semester: (January start)
    All applicants: September 1st
  4. Request for official test scores to be sent to the University of Utah (school code: 4853). 
    • GRE
    • TOEFL/ IELTS – English Proficiency Test, if required. 

Please note:

  • Official test scores can take 2-3 weeks from the time requested, to be received electronically at the University of Utah. 
  • The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering will only evaluate applications with official test scores. 
  • The GRE test date must be within 5 years of the admissions decision date.  

What are appropriate GRE scores to apply to this program?

For students applying for Admission to the Masters and PhD program we seek a cumulative score of 300 and above. (This is the sum of Verbal and Quantitative scores.) Additionally, we seek a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and better, as well as a score of 3.5 and better on analytical writing. 

For students applying for Admission to the Direct Admit PhD, (BS to PhD) we seek a GPA of 3.5 and above, a verbal score of 150 and above, a quantitative score of 155 and above, a score of 3.5 and above in the analytical writing section. 


What is the University of Utah school code for the delivery of official test scores?

GRE and TOEFL scores are sent electronically through ETS to University of Utah. The school code is 4853. 


Who is required to provide proof of English Proficiency?

The University of Utah has thorough guidelines regarding which applicants must submit information demonstrating English Proficiency. 

The guidelines are linked here.


Is there funding available for graduate students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah?

ProgramCivil  Nuclear  Construction
DegreeMS Non-ThesisMS ThesisPhDMS Non-ThesisPhDMS Non-Thesis
Funding Available?NoYesYesNoYesNo

All MS-Thesis and PhD students admitted to the program are considered for financial assistance.


What is tuition benefit?

Tuition benefit comes into play as the "funding available" to support students. Most often students will work as a research assistant to a faculty member on a specific project. There is a formal arrangement made that documents the work expected of the student and the financial support the student will receive in return. This compensations comes in the form of tuition benefit, health insurance coverage and salary. Students eligible for tuition benefit, must meet all of the criteria for the cost of tuition to be waived. These regulations are available here.


What if I do not know which faculty member I would like to work with?

We encourage all applicants to become familiar with research conducted by our faculty to identify research related to your own academic interests. The ApplyYourself application portal allows applicants to list three faculty members you have interest in studying with. This does not limit or bar you from the possibility of working with other faculty in a related academic area. This can be used to communicate which professors you have interest in working with. 


I applied by January 1st, why have I not heard yet? 

Applications that are complete on or before January 1 are evaluated beginning on January 2nd. This process takes a minimum of six weeks


I completed my undergraduate education in a field other than civil engineering. May I still pursue a graduate degree in this field?

Yes! However, students with a bachelors degree in another academic area must complete the remedial coursework to meet the minimum course requirements. Coursework must be completed with a final grade of 'B' or better.  


I understand I have remedial coursework to take, how do I enroll in these?

Apply to the University of Utah as a "Non-matriculated student". This designation is used for students who are most often completing coursework as a prerequisite to a higher level program. It is important to know, the University of Utah limits graduate students to nine credit hours completed as a non-matriculated student that can be applied to a graduate degree. 


The Office of Admissions is a useful resource for students applying to the University of Utah. 

They can help with:

  • Questions regarding I-20's.
  • Locating an official transcript and/ or test scores (GRE/TOEFL/IELTS) . 
  • Payment of applications fees.
  • And much more. 


Contact their office at: 

Office of Admissions:

Phone: (801) 581-8761
Toll-free: (800) 685-8856
Fax: (801) 585-7864

Domestic Student 
International Student 

If you have further questions regarding the application process please consider scheduling an appointment with the graduate advisor.