The graduate program in Civil and Environmental Engineering has had some exciting changes with the new Sustainable Water Development program.  Currently, the department supports more than 60 graduate students.  Find out more from the Graduate College.  Most students receive full financial aid through research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships. Full financial aid includes stipends (starting at $27,000 per year), tuition support (more than 50%), and health benefits.  All students with assistantships and full fellowships are eligible for Iowa Resident tuition rates.

About half the current doctoral students in CEE enter with a masters degree completed.  The other half include students who complete a masters degree in our program and students who are admitted directly to the doctoral program. For all students completing the Ph.D. in CEE, the average time to degree is 5.0 years.

Admissions information

  • The Office of Graduate Admissions provides general information for students wishing to pursue graduate study at The University of Iowa.
  • The Graduate College Application is available here as an online application. This option is available to both international students and U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants to the M.S. program should have a cumulative undergraduate g.p.a. of at least 3.00.  Ph.D. applicants should have a graduate g.p.a. of at least 3.00.
  • Applicants should have a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 301 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.  Lower scores are considered with other evidence of academic promise (recommendation letters, grade-point average).  GRE General Test scores also are used in financial aid decisions.
  • The requirements needed for the MS and Ph.D. programs vary depending on the area of focus.  The CEE Department includes four graduate programs: 
  • The College of Engineering homepage provides general information about the UI College of Engineering and links to the six programs within the College of Engineering.

B.S./M.S. Program in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Admission into the BS/MS nonthesis program is based on the student’s academic record.  Students must have completed at least 80 s.h. and have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.25.  They must submit a graduate application to the Graduate College and must identify a faculty adviser.  The advisor should guide the student during the second semester of the senior year, and until the completion of the M.S. degree. In an effort to serve the most able undergraduate engineering students at The University of Iowa, CEE and the College of Engineering support a combined bachelor of science and master of science degree program (BS/MS).  Students admitted to this program will be allowed to: apply three engineering courses (9 s.h.) towards both the B.S. and M.S. degree requirements; take an additional 3 s.h. of graduate coursework before completing their BS; and attend and participate in the departmental graduate seminar. The intent of the program is to allow an early entrance to graduate school for our most able students.  Once students complete the requirements for the bachelor's degree, they are granted the BS, and they normally complete the M.S. one year later.

Additional information

  • Submit the online application to the Office of Admissions by May 15 in the spring of your Junior year.
  • Students admitted into the BS/MS degree program can apply four upper level undergraduate courses towards a graduate degree, 3 of those toward the BS.
  • The BS/MS program is primarily intended for students interested in pursuing the MS/Nonthesis degree option. However, the MS/Thesis degree option can be pursued in those instances where (i) a student has been conducting research under the supervision of a CEE faculty member since (at least) the summer following the student’s junior year and (ii) a CEE faculty member is willing to provide RA support during (at least) the student’s second year in the BS/MS program. 
  • A GRE score is NOT required for the joint BS/MS degree.

Graduate application deadlines

Assistantships are awarded to the most highly qualified applicants in February.  Therefore students who wish to be considered for financial aid in the fall semester must complete the application process by January 15. 

Deadlines for complete applications by semester

Semester to begin graduate study International applicants Domestic applicants
Summer March 1 April 15 
Fall April 15 July 15
Spring October 1 December 1