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Admission Prerequisites: Graduate Programs

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In addition to minimum admission requirements for all prospective graduate students who are applying to UW, the UW Civil & Environmental Engineering Department has specific requirements for master’s degree specialty areas.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree
To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, its equivalent from a foreign institution or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System credits.

GPA
A 3.0 minimum GPA (based on 4.0 scale) from the last 60 graded semester hours or last 90 graded quarter hours in undergraduate or post-graduate academic coursework is required. In practice, substantially higher grades may be necessary for admission to the graduate program. View admission statistics for the past autumn.

English Proficiency
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting official TOEFL test scores. For more information and minimum score requirements, refer to the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency Requirements. A score higher than the minimum may be needed in order to be competitive for admission.

GRE

The GRE is required for all applicants to the program. It is considered a requirement for application but not an admissions prerequisite. For more information on how to apply and what materials are required for application please visit our How to Apply page. 

Specialty Area Admission Prerequisites

In addition to minimum admission requirements, the UW Civil & Environmental Engineering Department has specific requirements for master’s degree specialty areas.

Note: Students admitted to the graduate program without an engineering undergraduate degree will be eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam after the MSCE degree has been granted. However, additional coursework or self-study may be needed in order to pass the exam. Refer to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Exam Specifications. ​

Construction, Energy and Sustainable Infrastructure

Prospective master’s students must have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related engineering degree. Applicants who do not meet this criteria may be eligible to apply to the Construction Management Department, in the College of Built Environments.

Environmental Engineering

Prospective master’s students are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) or related field at an accredited program in the United States, or an equivalent degree at a foreign institution.

The following coursework, or equivalent, must be completed prior to admission:

  • One-year Calculus series, MATH 124/125/126, or equivalent
  • One year of calculus-based Physics, equivalent to PHYS 121/122/123
  • Two academic terms (semesters or quarters) of Chemistry, equivalent to CHEM 142/152

Recommended courses: Introductory courses in Environmental Science/Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, and Hydraulic Engineering (may be completed in the master’s program)

Geotechnical Engineering

Prospective master’s students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, or other related engineering degree, must complete the following prerequisites, or equivalent, prior to enrollment:

  • MATH 124/125/126 Calculus with Analytical Geometry
  • MATH 307 Differential Equations
  • MATH 308 Matrix Algebra
  • CHEM 142/152 General Chemistry
  • PHYS 121/122/123 Mechanics, Electromagnetism, and Waves
  • AA 210 Statics
  • CEE 220 Mechanics of Materials
  • ME 230 Kinematics & Dynamics
  • CEE 367 Geotechnical Engineering

Recommended courses: INDE 315 or STAT 390 Statistics, and CEE 436 Foundation Design (may be completed in the master’s program).

Hydrology & Hydrodynamics

Prospective master’s students do not need a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree. Applicants must complete the following coursework, or equivalent, prior to admission:
  • One-year Calculus series, MATH 124/125/126
  • One year of calculus-based Physics, PHYS 121/122/123
  • Differential Equations, MATH 307
  • One academic term (semester or quarter) of CEE 347 Fluid Mechanics

Recommended courses: Introductory courses in Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Science/Engineering (may be completed in the master’s program)

Structural Engineering

Prospective master’s students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, or other related engineering degree, must have completed the following prerequisites prior to enrollment:
  • One year Calculus series, equivalent to MATH 124/125/126
  • Two terms calculus-based Physics, equivalent to PHYS 121/122
  • AMATH 301 - Beginning Sci. Computing – preferred or CSE 142 - Computer Programming I
  • MATH 308 - Matrix Algebra
  • AA 210 - Engineering Statics

Required courses (may be taken prior to enrollment, or in the master’s program; however, many are prerequisites for graduate level structures classes)

  • CEE 220 - Mechanics of Materials, 4 credits
  • CEE 377 - Intro to Structural Design, 5 credits
  • CEE 451 - Design of Metal Structures, 3 credits
  • CEE 452 - Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures, 3 credits
  • CEE 456 - Structural Analysis, 5 credits

Recommended courses (may be completed in the master’s program)

  • CEE - Construction Materials, 5 credits
  • CEE 367 - Geotechnical Engineering, 5 credits
  • CEE 436 - Foundation Design, 3 credits
  • CEE 453 - Prestressed Concrete Design, 3 credits
  • CEE 454 - Design of Timber Structures, 3 credits
  • CEE 457 - Advanced Structures I, 3 credits

View a suggested schedule for completing the prerequisites and required courses.


Transportation Engineering

Prospective master’s students do not need a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degree. Applicants must complete the following coursework, or equivalent, prior to enrollment:

  • One-year calculus series, MATH 124/125/126

Required course (may be taken prior to enrollment, or in the master’s program):

  • Statistics, IND E 315 or STAT 390, or equivalent