Admission requirements

Admission to the MS program is competitive. Students possessing a bachelor's or master's degree from a recognized institution and a strong academic background in civil or environmental engineering or a similar discipline are encouraged to apply for admission. Typically, MS applicants with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale for all engineering, math, and physics courses will be considered.

Applicants for the MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering must submit the required application materials to the Graduate Office.

In addition:

  • Transcripts should show class rank if available.
  • The three letters of recommendation should be from persons in the field of the applicant's academic major at the institution most recently attended or be from supervisors familiar with the applicant's recent job performance.
  • The essay should be from 300 to 600 words in length. This essay should indicate the prospective student's graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If the applicant also applies for a teaching or research assistantship, the application must include any special skills or experience that would assist in assistantship decisions.
  • GRE scores for the general test must be submitted by degree seeking applicants, except by those who are of are about to be graduates of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Civil Engineering or who are or are about to be recipients of a Civil Engineering graduate certificate. Submission of GRE Scores is required.
  • Foreign students' scores on the TOEFL should be 550 minimum for admission and 600 minimum to be eligible for a teaching assistantship (213/250 for TOEFL computer based scores).