Admission Requirements and Process



Those with bachelor of science (B.S.) degrees or the equivalent from an accredited college in the United States or a recognized institution of higher learning abroad are eligible to apply to one of the CEE master's programs.  Those with a bachelor's degree and a master of science (M.S.) degree may apply for one of the CEE doctoral (Ph.D.) programs.  You must have earned a master's degree to be eligible for the doctoral programs.

If you have a B.S. degree and your goal is to earn a Ph.D., you should apply for the M.S. and then explain in your statement of purpose that your goal is to receive a Ph.D.  On the graduate application you will be asked if you intend to continue for a doctoral degree.

The University of Illinois does not generally allow a second Master's degree in the same field of study. The basis for this policy is that an individual should not receive a second degree for work that is substantially similar to the work used to complete the first degree. However, a second degree may be allowed in cases where it is clear that the student's degree programs differ significantly.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

For a full status admission, the Graduate College requires a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 (B average), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for the last two years of a 4 year undergraduate program or the last three years of a 5 year program.   For the full Graduate and Professional Admissions Minimum Requirements, please see:

Minimum Admission Requirements by Country

These are Graduate College minimum requirements.  Your proposed program of study may require a higher GPA than the minimum standard listed in the Minimum Requirements by Country.  

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The department requires that all applicants submit an official record of their scores for the GRE General Test.  For admission purposes, scores are only valid for five years prior to the proposed term of entry. CEE does not have a minimum required score.

GRE General Test - averages for CEE applicants approved for admission

  • Verbal: 155
  • Quantitative: 165
  • Analytical Writing: 4.0

Information about test dates and locations can be found on the GRE website.

The GRE is administered by the Educational Testing Service.

The GRE is OPTIONAL for Fall 2021 admission, but PREFERRED for students, especially for those able to take it at a testing site or at home. Admission decisions are made based on the requested application materials. GRE scores may provide added weight to an admission or funding decision.

Requesting Official Scores

Applicants should request that the Educational Testing Service send GRE scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.  All scores are reported to a central database where all departments can access them.  You may use department codes 1102 (Civil Engineering) or 1103 (Environmental Engineering).

Application Process

Apply to the Graduate College using the online graduate application. Follow the application instructions and use the checklist provided to help you assemble the information and support material you will need when completing the application. A nonrefundable application processing fee is required with the submission of your application. The application fee for domestic applicants is $70; for international applicants, the fee is $90.

Support Documents and Test Scores Required By CEE

To be considered for admission, applications must include all support documents including test scores. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have questions about applying to CEE at Illinois, please send an email message to Mindy Calcagno, CEE Graduate Admissions Coordinator at   

  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of purpose/Personal statement (CEE does not require a Program Specific Statement)
  • Resume or CV
  • Copy of your most current transcript, or a final transcript and certificates of degree or diplomas.
  • GRE scores – official scores from ETS for the general GRE
  • Proof of English Proficiency – for applicants whose native language is not English. 


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