Prospective students interested in applying to the Civil Engineering Graduate Studies Program (CEGSP) are required to submit an online application to Ohio State and complete all of the required application materials described below*. Applicants should review Ohio State's Steps to Apply for more information the application fee**, troubleshooting, checking application status, submitting outstanding documentation, and other helpful resources. For information about CEGSP and application deadlines, please see our Admissions page.
*Only the submitted application and materials listed above will be used in the review process.
**The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering cannot waive application fees. Ohio State provides the following information regarding fee waivers to all applicants. Ohio State is a participant in the Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp program, eligibility and additional information can be found here.
Required Application Materials
The statement should be no more than two pages in length, and focus on the applicant's educational and professional goals and objectives, and qualifications for the program. The following topics should be addressed: goals for graduate studies and career goals, academic and/or research interests, reasons for applying to our program specifically, CEGE faculty members with whom you would possibly like to work with, relevant background and experience (degrees and coursework, research, project and capstone work, internships and professional work experience).
CVs should be no more than two pages in length, and typically include the following information regarding the applicant: educational history (school name, thesis topic and advisor (if any), GPA summary and ranking); research/industrial experience (research publications, project presentations/conferences, industrial projects and internships, research interest areas); special skills (programming skills, commercial software, etc.); department/university service (if any); extracurricular activities.
Transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions are required. Unofficial copies are accepted for the application review process, but scanned PDFs should include front and back of transcript. Advising reports, web reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credits on another school’s transcript are not acceptable. If admitted with unofficial transcripts, the admission will be held as provisional until an official, final transcript is received by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Learn more about submitting transcripts.
Three letters of recommendation are required. Academic references (e.g., department chair, classroom instructor or academic advisor) are preferred, and at least one of the three letters should be from an academic reference. Letters should be submitted electronically on institutional letterhead and must include a completed copy of the approved University evaluation form. Learn more about managing references in the application system.
A GRE test score is required if ANY of the following situations apply to the applicant:
- an applicant's BS engineering degree is from a non-ABET accredited institution
- an applicant's Bachelor's degree is from a field outside of engineering
- an applicant's cumulative GPA for the last bachelor's or advanced degree earned is below 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale or equivalent)
Test scores must be sent electronically from the testing agency (Ohio State institution code: 1592). Plan to test no later than six weeks prior to your application deadline to allow official test scores to arrive in time. Note: Scores are valid for five years after your test date. **Applicants unable to take the GRE due to the COVID-19 pandemic can email a detailed justification to request an exemption (contact info below).**