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.

Mission

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:

  1. Prepare students for productive engineering careers.
  2. Maintain and grow strong research programs.
  3. Serve the profession.

Graduate Admission to the School of Engineering

Procedure

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.

Baccalaureate Preparation

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.

Graduate Admission

The department admits for all semesters. Students may pursue degrees full or part time. An ABET-accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering is required for admission to the Ph.D. degree programs in civil engineering and environmental engineering. Applicants are expected to have undergraduate grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for regular admission. Graduate Record Examination scores are required and are used in the evaluation process, but minimum scores for admission have not been established. The GRE engineering and other subject examinations are not required. The Test of English as a Foreign Language is required for international applicants. Applicants should take the GRE and TOEFL examinations as early as possible to expedite the admission process.

Graduate applications should be submitted online.

Application Deadlines - Domestic

Fall Admission:  July 31

Spring Admission: December 30

Application Deadlines - International

Fall Admission:May 15

Spring Admission: October 15

Priority Application Deadlines

Fall Admission: December 15

Spring Admission: September 15

The priority deadline is for full consideration for fellowships, scholarships and research/teaching assistantship.  Applications submitted after these deadlines will be considered on a case by case basis.

Application Fees

Domestic: $65

International: $85

Visiting Us

The graduate program staff is happy to work with all prospective students in determining the fit between the student and the program. In order to determine this, we feel that visiting our campus in Lawrence is a very important step. In order to facilitate your visit to KU, there are two main options:

The first, and most preferred, option entails simply applying for admission to the program. All prospective students are welcome to attend our Open House in early November and some highly qualified admitted students may be invited to participate in Visitation Days in late February or early March (prior to the fall semester of your intended matriculation). These organized visitation opportunities will allow you time to gather a great deal of first-hand information which we hope will help you in making a final decision about whether to attend KU.

The second option is making arrangements to visit us on your own, outside of organized events. With early notification, we will do our best to work with you to provide information and schedule appointments with faculty when possible. Please contact us if you feel that this is the best option for you.

Contact Information

Please contact the CEAE Program Assistant at sbscott@ku.edu 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
Learned Hall
1530 W. 15th St., Room 2150
Lawrence, KS 66045-7618

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Ph.D.degree must satisfy the University's general requirements for the degree.  A Plan of Study must be approved by the student’s major professor, examining committee, and departmental graduate studies committee.

An aspirant for the Ph.D. degree must pass a qualifying examination. The department normally gives this examination upon completion of the aspirant’s M.S. work or at a comparable level for non-M.S. students.

Before being admitted to the comprehensive examination, the aspirant must satisfy the research skill, residency, and responsible scholarship requirements for the degree.  The research skill requirement provides the aspirant with a research skill distinct from, but strongly supportive of, the dissertation research. One research skill is required. Possible research skills include foreign language, computer science, mathematics, statistics, specific laboratory skills, and specific skills in the physical or biological sciences. The foreign language skill can be obtained by taking a 2-course sequence in the selected language or demonstrated by passing an examination. The selected research skill must be listed on the Plan of Study form. A separate statement attached to the Plan of Study must list the work to be completed to obtain the research skill. The responsible scholarship requirement serves to ensure that students are trained in responsible research practices and is fulfilled by attending a Responsible Scholarship Training Seminar offered each fall semester.

All graduate students must have an approved Plan of Study on file by the beginning of their second semester of study.