HWR Graduate Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

For consideration for financial support, we strongly encourage you to submit your application by January 15.

Decisions on admission to the graduate program, and offers of financial support, are made on a competitive basis. Factors considered include academic background and performance, letters of recommendation, work experience and professional training, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores (when applicable).

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be taken prior to admission. A cumulative Verbal & Quantitative score of at least 301 (GRE revised General Test) or 1100 (GRE General Test) is required. The TOEFL exam is required for admission for students whose native language is other than English or that do not have a degree from an English-speaking country. A minimum TOEFL score of 81 for the internet-based exam, 213 for the computer-based exam, or 550 for the paper-based test is required.

Students who do not have an undergraduate B.S. degree in civil & environmental engineering, but who have adequate training in mathematics or science, may be admitted for graduate study in the Hydraulics and Water Resources Program. However, certain undergraduate courses may need to be taken without graduate credit. 

Master's Degree

Prospective MS students must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with preparation appropriate to advanced study in the proposed major field. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 is required for admission. The grade point average is computed on the basis of undergraduate and graduate work if the student has less than 12 graduate hours, or on the basis of graduate work only, if the student has completed 12 or more graduate hours.

Doctoral Degree

Admission to a doctoral program normally requires the completion of a Master's degree or equivalent, with a 3.20 minimum grade point average on completed graduate work. A Master's degree with thesis is desirable.