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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 Maryland Applied Graduate Engineering (MAGE) website.  The next available terms of entry are Spring 2022 and Fall 2022.

Application Deadlines

  • January 15 is the preferred deadline for best consideration for financial aid. 
  • 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's degree, typically in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, or other quantitative fields, from an accredited institution.

Students who do not already hold a degree in engineering or science 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 recommendation 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.

Minimum GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
International applicants should enter their GPA in the same scale as it appears on their transcript. All international credentials are evaluated by The Graduate School prior to admission.

Minimum GRE score: Total Score 306 | Quantitative 156
Optional for 2022 applications

Minimum GPA: 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
International applicants should enter their GPA in the same scale as it appears on their transcript. All international credentials are evaluated by The Graduate School prior to admission.

Minimum GRE score: Total Score 309 | Quantitative 159
Optional for 2022 applications

 

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 determined on a case by case basis.

Each applicant is evaluated and prerequisites determined on a case by case basis. In general, demonstrated knowledge of single and multivariable calculus, probability/statistics, basic mechanics, computer programming, linear algebra, and optimization is preferred.

Calculus I, II, and III, differential equations, fluid mechanics, one semester of chemistry, and one semester of physics (preferably calculus-based). Other courses may be required depending on student background and experience.

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

Calculus I, II, and III, ENCE 302 (Probability and Statistics) or equivalent. 

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. 


Application Instructions and Required Materials

You can find the Graduate School application here. When creating your application account, ensure that your name matches the name listed on your official, government-issued identification.

The admissions committee will only review complete applications. The application is considered complete once it has been submitted and all required materials have been received:

• $75 application fee
• Uploaded transcripts
• Uploaded resume/CV
• Uploaded Statement of Purpose
• Three letters of recommendation
• Official English proficiency test scores – required for applicants who do not hold a degree from an institution in the U.S. or another English-speaking country, regardless of citizenship status.

Official GRE scores are optional for 2022 applications. The committee will review applications that are otherwise complete without waiting for GRE scores.

Application Sections

Select the following to ensure you’re choosing the right program:
Application Type = “Degree”
Level of Study = “Masters” or “Doctoral”
Intended Program of Study = “Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENCE), M.S.” or “Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENCE), Ph.D.”

Select entrance term and Area(s) of Interest
• Area(s) of Interest should reflect your intended research interests, and will help determine how the committee reviews your application.

Input Faculty Interests
• Although it is not required, we strongly encourage applicants to identify one or two faculty members with whom they might be interested in working.

Enter the name of school, degree earned (or in progress), and GPA for each institution attended.
International applicants: Enter your GPA in the same scale as it appears on your transcript. All international credentials are evaluated by The Graduate School prior to admission.

Upload complete transcripts for each degree.
• International applicants: include copies of degree certificates, and official English translations of any transcripts issued in another language.

Upload Statement of Purpose and resume/CV.

Enter the names and email addresses for three recommenders.

Once entered, the system will send an automatic notification email from gradappsupport@umd.edu with the subject line "University of Maryland - Request for Recommendation".

We encourage you to contact these individuals in advance to ensure the provider is willing to write a letter of recommendation.

This section is not required for our departmental review process. All applications received by the preferred deadline are automatically considered for funding through graduate research and teaching assistantships, and sometimes fellowships, but funding is not guaranteed for any applicant.

 

Self-reported tests scores are not required.

Please note:
• Official GRE scores are optional for 2022 applications. The committee will review applications that are otherwise complete without waiting for GRE scores.
• Official English proficiency test scores (TOEFL/IELTS/PTE) are required for applicants who do not hold a degree from an institution in the U.S. or another English-speaking country, regardless of citizenship status.

These sections are required by The Graduate School. Please fill them out accordingly.


Application Review Process

Complete applications are reviewed by a departmental graduate committee and faculty from each technical area. Applications that the graduate committee have recommended for admission are sent to The Graduate School for final review.

Applicants are notified of The Graduate School’s final decision on a rolling basis through their online application portal. Applicants whose application was complete before the preferred deadline (above) 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.

Admission letters from The Graduate School will not include any information about funding.
• If the department has decided to offer funding along with an admission offer, the applicant will a separate email from ceegradstudies@umd.edu containing an official funding offer.
• Admitted students who do not receive a separate funding letter have been admitted to the program without funding from the department.

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.
 

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Questions?

 

• If you need to make any changes after you have submitted the application, or experience any technical difficulties, please contact gradappsupport@umd.edu.
• For all other questions about the application and admission process, contact ceegradstudies@umd.edu.


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