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Admission Requirements

(Revised 12/2017)

If you're interested in advanced study in civil engineering, then we welcome your application. We strongly recommend that you have a baccalaureate degree in civil engineering from an ABET-accredited program. However, applicants from selected areas of mathematical and physical sciences and other engineering fields may be accepted after completing prerequisite coursework. Note that the prerequisite work may be extensive, and an MS degree in engineering does not typically qualify a candidate for PE licensure ( NCEES and NSPE). PE licensure is critical for practicing civil engineering in the U.S. If you wish to practice civil engineering in the U.S., then you are strongly encouraged to apply to the BS program.

All applicants must first meet all admission requirements of SIUE's Graduate School.

Applicants for classified status

On your application or in a separate communication, indicate which area of civil engineering (environmental/water resources, geotechnical, structural, or transportation) you plan to pursue.
This information will be used to ensure the most accurate evaluation of your application. Any extra statements submitted with applications should be no more than one page in length.

  • Admission criterion: cumulative GPA in all engineering, mathematics, and science courses of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale or 70% on a percentage scale
  • For those just below the admission criterion (e.g., 2.5 - 2.75 or 65 - 70%), provide (1) a letter of explanation as to why your grades were below the admission level and why you wish to pursue a graduate degree at SIUE at this time and (2) at least two forms of supporting evidence from the following list:
    • P.E. licensure
    • at least 4 years of post-BS professional experience
    • letter(s) of recommendation from full-time employer(s)
    • satisfactory GRE scores
    • satisfactory (A and B) graduate-level work at another institution.

Note the admission process takes place in two steps. After the Office of Graduate Admissions has received all your application materials (i.e., application, official transcripts, fee, and for international students official TOEFL scores and financial clearance), they review your application. If your application meets the University's requirements, then it is forwarded to the Department. Typically, we take from one to two weeks to review applications; however, it may take longer depending on the time of year that we receive your application (e.g., the end of the semester is a busy time already and faculty are not always in the office during the summer term) and if there are special circumstances (such as needing prerequisite courses). We have no information on the status of applications until they reach the Department.

Applicants for unclassified status

After being admitted to the University, you must contact the Department Graduate Program Director prior to enrolling. You must provide a copy of your transcript to the Graduate Program Director. An engineering degree is required for unclassified students enrolling in engineering courses. All prerequisites must be met prior to enrolling in graduate-level courses. The instructor's signature may also be required.

The Department retains the right to limit the course options for unclassified students and to give preference in closed courses to classified students. The Department allows up to three courses to be taken as an unclassified student. Those three courses may apply to the MS in civil engineering degree if the student is admitted to the program and the Advisory Committee approves.

Note that performance in courses taken while in unclassified status does not oblige the Department to admit an applicant who does not meet the requirements for classified status as outlined above.

Application Information

To obtain a graduate admission application:

  • write to: Graduate Admission Office, Campus Box 1047, SIUE, Edwardsville, Illinois, 62026-1047
  • call the Admissions Office at (618) 650-3160
  • visit the Graduate School's web site .

Applications with all supporting documentation are due in the Graduate School one month prior to the start of each semester for U.S. applicants. To ensure adequate time to obtain a visa, international applicants should have applications and all supporting documents on file with the University at least six months prior to the start of the semester due to the I-20 verification process. See Admission Application Deadlines.

Domestic applicants and all international applicants should apply as a classified graduate student to pursue an MS degree at SIUE. Domestic applicants who wish to take a course for review or to transfer to another program should apply as an unclassified graduate student.

To find out about the 3+2 program for SIUE undergraduates, visit the Five Year Program.

On your application or in a statement of your study plans, indicate which area of civil engineering (environmental/water resources, geotechnical, structural, or transportation) you plan to pursue.

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