Graduate Admissions

An advanced graduate degree has been the foundation for success of many of the leaders in the civil and environmental engineering profession—in academia, research and practice. An increasing number of employers in consulting or industry consider the master's degree as the entry-level degree. The Ph.D. degree emphasizes advanced study and participation in creative research that is at the leading edge of the field. Our department offers one of the top-ranked Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate programs in the country.



Civil Engineering Graduate Program


Environmental Engineering Graduate Program

Online Master's Program

Graduate Application Process:

Applications to CEE's master’s and doctoral degree programs are submitted directly through the University of Illinois Graduate College. 

Begin Application

If you have already applied, your application status can be accessed at any time through the admissions portal.

Check Application Status

  1. Use the links above to learn more about the program and admissions requirements.
  2. Review and gather all application requirements to prepare for the application process.
  3. Begin the online application through the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  4. Soon after you submit your application, an email will be sent to you to confirm that CEE has received your application. You can check the status of your application through the admissions portal.
  5. The university sends out communication via email. Carefully read all emails sent from the department, college and university to ensure no additional forms are needed after you submit the application.

Degree Programs

The department offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering.

M.S. Degree

Thesis and non-thesis options are available.

M.S. Degree

CEE Online M.S.

The M.S. degree can be earned completely online.

CEE Online

Ph.D. Degree

A Ph.D. generally requires 3-4 years of additional study.

Ph.D. Program

Special Degree Programs and Options

Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Certificate Program

Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Certificate Program or Concentration  - The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers a certificate option in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) within the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The program is designed to provide graduate students at both the Masters and Ph.D. levels with a solid base in problem-solving using computation as a major tool for modeling complicated problems in science and engineering. The program requirements listed are in addition to the normal requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degree.

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Master of Architecture + M.S. Civil Engineering: Construction Management

MArch + MS-CEE (structures) or MArch + MS-CEE (construction management) - This program is administered through the School of Architecture and requires a baccalaureate in architectural studies. Thus the program is intended for graduate students in architecture. The CEE requirements for the MS degree in this joint program are 32 hours of course work including three 500 level courses in CEE. The student must be enrolled in the CEE Department for at least two semesters in order to obtain the joint degree. The thesis option is not available for this joint degree program.

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International Applicants

International applicants should take special note of information provided on the additional requirements for international applicants page and read the Graduate College instructions for international applicants