Become a CEE graduate student

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The information on this page pertains to applications for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Those interested in earning a M.Eng. degree should visit the Office of Advanced Engineering Education website

Application Deadlines

  • January 15 is the preferred deadline for best consideration for financial aid. Early PhD applicants may receive an application fee waiver.
  • February 1 is the final deadline for all international students to apply. This includes F-1 and J-1 students currently studying elsewhere in the United States. 
  • May 1 is the final deadline for U.S. citizens and permanent residents to apply. 
  • September 1 is the preferred deadline for best consideration for financial aid.
  • September 15 is the final deadline for all international students to apply. This includes F-1 and J-1 students currently studying elsewhere in the United States. 
  • October 15 is the final deadline for U.S. citizens and permanent residents to apply. 

Minimum Admission Requirements

All applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science degree, typically in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, from an accredited institution. Students who do not already hold a degree in engineering may be considered for provisional admission if the technical division minimum prerequisites are successfully completed.

Students completing our M.S. program must reapply online to continue studies in the Ph.D. program.  All transcripts are obtained automatically, but you will need to provide additional letters of reccomendation and an updated personal statement. Other documents may be required. A student must secure a research advisor to be accepted to the Ph.D. program.

  • 3.0 minimum GPA from a 4.0 scale
  • Overall GRE score of 306 with a minimum score of 156 in the quantitative section
  • 3.5 minimum GPA from a 4.0 scale
  • Overall GRE score of 309 with a minimum score of 159 in the quantitative section

While not guaranteed, applicants with lower GPAs or GRE scores may be considered for provisional admission if other indicators of ability—letters of recommendation, prior experience, etc.—are exceptional. 

Technical Division Prerequisites 

Each applicant is evaluated and prerequisites determied on a case by case basis.

Calculus I, II, and III, differential equations, fluids, and one semester of chemistry for environmental engineers. 

Each applicant is evaluated and prerequisites determied on a case by case basis.

Calculus I, II, and III, ENCE 302, a course in physics covering basic mechanics, and one course in computer programming. 

Calculus I, II, and III, differential equations, fluids, groundwater hydrology, and hydrologic engineering. 


Required Materials

Applications will not be reviewed until the Graduate School Application has been fully completed and the $75 application fee has been paid.  All incomplete applications and applications from international students who are not cleared for admission will be withdrawn by June 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. Applicants who do not register for the semester for which they are admitted will also have their admission cancelled.

Information and resources required in the application include: 

  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation from an official institutional email address submitted electronically through the application
  • Official original transcripts from all colleges or universities—and English translations for those in other languages—previously attended submitted through the application
  • GRE general test scores using the institution code 5814 and leaving at least 2-4 weeks for receipt
  • Resume/CV

Regardless of your citizenship status, students whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from an institution in the U.S. or another English-speaking country are also required to submit proof of English proficiency via TOEFL or IELTS scores. 


Application Instructions

Applications are submitted online via the Graduate School website. When creating your application account, ensure that your name matches the name listed on your official, government-issued identification. 

When you are filling out the online application you will see several tabs that ask for different information—detailed below. Sections not listed here are not required for a complete application.

After responding to all required and relevant items, you may submit your application.

  • College/School: A. James Clark School of Engineering - Research Programs
  • Program of Study: Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENCE)
  • Degree: M.S. or Ph.D.
  • Area of Interest: Select one of the seven technical areas

Enter your cumulative GPA for all schools attended as listed on your transcript. International students should not convert their GPA to the 4.0 scale, instead selecting the appropriate grading scale. 

Upload your statement of purpose and resume/CV under items #1 and 2, respectively. Disregard all other items in this section. 

Add a minimum of three recommendation providers. Once entered, the system will send an automatic notification email from the email support@hobsons.com with the sender identified as "University of Maryland, College Park – Graduate School." 

We recommend that you contact these individuals in advance to ensure the provider will be wiling to write a letter of recommendation. 


Application Review Process

While final admission decisions are made by the Graduate School, CEE reviews all completed applications and recommends qualified applicants for admission. Each of CEE's seven technical divisions have their own admissions committee. Applicants should carefully consider which to apply to before submitting an application. Information on the divisions and their requirements can be found on the Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy pages. 

Applicants are notified of the Graduate School’s final decision on a rolling basis through their online application portal. If you submitted a complete application before the deadline, you can expect to receive a notification of admission or rejection between February and May for the fall semester and September and November for the spring semester. 

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