Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Civil engineering is the oldest engineering program at KU. The first graduating class in 1873 included a civil engineer. Civil engineers design roads, water systems, bridges, dams, and other structures, providing nearly all the infrastructure needed by modern society. Civil engineers were the first engineers to address environmental issues and are the lead engineering discipline in treating water supplies to protect public health. In recognition of the significant issues concerning the environment, the department name was changed in 1992 to civil and environmental engineering.
Architectural engineering combines study in architecture with engineering science and design courses in electrical, mechanical, construction, and structures to prepare students for building design projects of all kinds. Architectural engineering dates to 1913 at KU, and the first female graduate of the School of Engineering was an architectural engineering major. Architectural engineering merged with civil and environmental engineering in 2001 to form the the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE).
CEAE’s mission is to provide students with an outstanding engineering education and be a leader in research and service. This mission is supported by the following 3 goals:
- Prepare students for productive engineering careers.
- Maintain and grow strong research programs.
- Serve the profession.
Graduate Admission to the School of Engineering
Admission requirements for the School of Engineering follow the general KU requirements plus those of each engineering graduate program. All applicants must apply online. Detailed information about supplemental application materials for each program is listed here. Important information for prospective international students is available from International Student & Scholar Services. Download a PDF for more information about the review process for graduate applications.
Some departments and programs require the Graduate Record Examination. Applications must be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee. See Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
To qualify for graduate work in any field of engineering, a student generally must hold an accredited baccalaureate degree in that field and have at least a 3.0 grade-point average. A student with good preparation in such fields as mathematics, chemistry, or physics, or in a related engineering field, may be admitted on the basis of performance in specific undergraduate courses, determined by the department of interest to the prospective student. Undergraduate hours do not count as part of a student’s Plan of Study, but they must be completed with grades of B or higher.
Exceptionally qualified undergraduates may be admitted directly to a Fast-Track Ph.D. program, which does not require the master’s as an intermediate degree. Students who wish to earn a Ph.D. and believe that they meet this criterion are encouraged to contact the graduate advisor in their field of interest.
English Proficiency Requirement
All graduate students in the School of Engineering who are required to take courses at the Applied English Center must pass the AEC’s English Proficiency Examination within 3 semesters of their initial enrollment. Failure to complete the English proficiency requirement within this time limit may result in dismissal from the graduate engineering program.
The department admits for all semesters. An ABET-accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering is required. Applicants are expected to have undergraduate grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for regular admission. Applicants with slightly lower grade-point averages may be admitted on provisional status. Applicants for full-time graduate study must submit GRE exam scores. The Test of English as a Foreign Language is required for international applicants. International applicants should take the TOEFL examination as early as possible to expedite the admission process.
Graduate applications should be submitted online.
Fall Admission: July 31
Spring Admission: December 30
Summer Admission: May 15
Fall Admission: May 15
Spring Admission: October 15
Please contact the CEAE Program Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 864-3826, to schedule a visit or with questions about the application process.
The University of Kansas
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Graduate Administrative Assistant
1530 W. 15th St., Room 2150
Lawrence, KS 66045-7618
M.C.E. Degree Requirements
The Master of Civil Engineering degree requires 30 semester hours of graduate courses, with a minimum of 9 hours of graduate-level courses in one of the following areas:
* Construction engineering and management
* Engineering mechanics
*Water resources engineering
In addition, a minimum of 6 hours of graduate-level work is required in any of the other above departmental areas. Graduate courses offered by the CEAE Department are identified by the prefixes ARCE, CE, and CMGT and are numbered 700 and above. No more than 9 hours of courses from other departments and no more than 6 hours of courses numbered below 700 ( of which only 3 hours may be within the department) may be applied toward the M.C.E. degree without approval of the departmental graduate studies committee. No more than 4 hours of special problem credit may be applied toward the M.C.E. degree without approval of the department's graduate advisor.
Courses to be applied toward the M.C.E. degree must be listed on a Plan of Study form approved by the student's graduate advisor, the student's graduate committee, and departmental graduate advisor. All graduate students must have an approved Plan of Study on file by the beginning of their second semester of study.