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 that allows us to review your completed application quickly.


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.

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Application Materials

Detailed information on what to include in your online application packet is outlined below.

Please do not mail application materials. All items should be submitted electronically with your online application. Please login to the UB application system frequently to ensure that all of their supporting documents have been received.

Application Form

All domestic and international students must apply online for the MS or PhD program. Please note that the online application process will require you to upload supporting documents.

Application Fee ($85)

A nonrefundable fee of $85 per degree must be submitted for each application to graduate degree study. You may pay the application fee online with a credit card or e-check.

Personal Statement

As part of the application, the department requires a statement of purpose briefly describing your background and your academic and career goals.

College Transcripts

Copies of transcript(s) for all post-secondary schoolwork must be uploaded with the online application for initial review. Upon the offer of admission, accepted applicants will be required to submit official transcripts and proof of degree(s).

Letters of Recommendation (3)

Three letters of recommendation are to be requested through the online application by providing the names and e-mail addresses. UB undergraduates only need to submit two letters of recommendation. We strongly prefer letters from professors who are acquainted with your academic interests, achievements, and abilities.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

An account of your education and experience that describes your qualifications for the program. 

GRE Scores

NOTE: The Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering is temporarily suspending the GRE requirement for admission to our masters level programs for the Spring 2022 and Fall 2022 entry term

To be considered for financial aid, you must have at least a combined verbal and quantitative score of 310 on the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We typically place more emphasis on the quantitative section, looking for candidates that score in the 80th percentile or above.

Domestic MS applicants from an undergraduate engineering program, including UB, may request a waiver of the GRE requirement if they hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher, do not wish to be considered for any form of financial aid, and can provide justification for the request (an email to the Director of Graduate Studies). GRE waivers are evaluated on a case by case basis.

All other applicants are required to provide GRE scores. It is university policy that all PhD applicants provide GRE scores. The GRE requirement is optional for Sping 2022 and Fall 2022 PhD applicants. Arrangements to take the exam can be made through Educational Testing Service.

Note: The CSEE Department Code for the GRE is 1102; the University at Buffalo Institutional Code is 2925.

English Proficiency Scores (for International Students only)

International applicants are required to provide proof of English proficiency via the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). All applicants whose native language is not English will be required to provide proof of English proficiency. Please use Institution Code 2925 and Department Code 65 to provide your scores to us.

The State University of New York at Buffalo has the following minimum admission requirements for these tests:

  • Minimum TOEFL score: 79 internet-based test, 550 paper-based test. A competitive TOEFL score (internet-based test) is at least 90.
  • Minimum IELTS score: 6.5 (with no individual sub-score below a 6.0)
  • Minimum PTE score: 55 (with no individual sub-score below a 50)

The exam results must be dated within 2 years from your proposed date of admission and remain valid upon entering the term for which you applied. For example, Fall 2017 begins in August 2017; therefore, your exam results must be valid until August 2017.

Information and arrangements to take the exam can be made by contacting the Educational Testing Service at It is strongly recommended to make test arrangements early in the year so sufficient time can be allowed for the results to be reported before our application deadline.

Are you unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you are not able to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home.

Learn more about UB English language proficiency requirements

Financial Form (for International Students only)

You will need to fill out the form labeled "Standard Graduate" for the appropriate academic year at the International Applicant Financial Form page. The Financial Form and supporting bank documents may be uploaded to your application after you have received their admissions decision. 

Please note that original financial documents must be brought to the school in person upon arrival at UB orientation.