Graduate Admissions

New engineering graduate students at orientation.

Thank you for your interest in UB's Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering! Applying to one of our graduate programs is a simple process, and allows us to review your completed application quickly.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Fall Admission

December 15: Start of application review period, and early consideration for special scholarships
January 15: Target deadline for full consideration for funding/fellowships
May 1: Applicants who are not requesting financial aid

Spring Admission

September 15

We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Admissions Overview

Graduate Programs

Master of Science (MS) in Civil Engineering

Our program of advanced study is designed for students wishing to enhance their knowledge and understanding within a specialized civil engineering subdiscipline. Students are trained for careers in engineering practice and/or further study at the doctoral level.  Depending on prior education and the selected culminating experience (all-course or project/thesis), students typically complete the program in 2, 3, or 4 academic semesters.

Master of Science (MS) in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE)

Our program of advanced study is designed for students wishing to enhance their knowledge and understanding of water resources and environmental engineering. Students are trained for careers in engineering practice and/or further study at the doctoral level.  Depending on prior education and the selected culminating experience (all-course or project/thesis), students typically complete the program in 2, 3, or 4 academic semesters.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Civil Engineering

This is a program of specialized education and research culminating in a dissertation that represents an original contribution to the field. Doctoral students are prepared for positions of responsibility in academia, research and development, or advanced engineering practice.

Recommended Deadlines

Fall Semester

DECEMBER 15: Start of application review period, and early consideration for special scholarships .

JANUARY 15 for studies beginning the fall of that same year. You must have all application materials including supporting documents in by this date to be considered for financial aid. The application will remain open until May 31 of the same year, but for best consideration students should have their materials submitted by January 15.

Spring Semester

SEPTEMBER 15 for studies beginning the spring of the following year. Our department will accept spring applications on an exceptional basis. Typically we do not offer financial aid during the spring term. The application will remain open until November 15 of the same year, but for best consideration students should have their materials submitted by September 15.

Requirements

MS Applicants

  • 3.0 GPA based on 4.0 scale in undergraduate coursework
  • GRE scores are required for all, except domestic applicants from an undergraduate engineering program, who hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and do not wish to be considered for any form of financial aid. Domestic applicants seeking a GRE waiver should submit an email to the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic sources preferred).
  • International applicants: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score (minimum 79, >90 recommeded).

PhD Applicants

  • 3.4 GPA based on 4.0 scale
    (Students may apply to the PhD program directly after receiving a Bachelor’s degree.)
  • GRE Scores Required.

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