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The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering (CEGE) at Ohio State offers Master’s and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering, in the following areas of specialization:

A dual MS degree is offered in Urban Transportation Planning, in conjunction with the Department of City and Regional Planning in the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture.

The department admits new graduate students for autumn semester only. 

Applicants must apply online, through the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Information regarding frequently asked questions and additional contact information is available on their website, including resources for graduate students, international students, life in Columbus, and a listing of university-supported application fee waivers (the department cannot waive application fees).

Applications for Upcoming Semesters


**Please note: To provide students with additional flexibility due to COVID-19 impact, we are keeping our application for Autumn 2020 admission open beyond the original deadline and will accept applications for Spring 2021. Students interested in graduate research assistantship funding can contact potential faculty advisors directly to discuss funding opportunities.**

- Autumn 2020: 

  • Priority deadline (to be considered for university-level fellowships): November 30, 2019
  • General application deadline (includes consideration for any available Graduate Research Associateships): July 1, 2020 for domestic students and June 9, 2020 for international students (formerly April 1, 2020)

- Spring 2021:

  • General application deadline (includes consideration for any available Graduate Research Associateships): December 1, 2020 for domestic students and October 26, 2020 for international students

- Autumn 2021: The application for Autumn 2021 will open in August. A priority deadline and general application deadline will be posted at that time.

General Admission Criteria

Admission standards for the graduate program in Civil Engineering are set by the Civil Engineering Graduate Studies Committee and Ohio State's Graduate School. Currently, general admission criteria to the graduate program in Civil Engineering include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (or closely related area) from an accredited institution.

    • Applicants with a BS engineering degree from a non-ABET accredited institution must submit results of the GRE General Test before being considered for admission. Universities in countries other than the US and Canada are considered non-ABET.

    • Applicants holding a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BET) degree from an ABET accredited institution r other closely related degrees may apply to the MS degree program only after satisfactory completion of the courses constituting The Ohio State University Civil Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Core. Determination of the specific courses to be made up will be made during the application review. (Applicants holding a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BET) degree from a program that is not ABET accredited do not fulfill the admission criteria and will not be considered for admission to the MS degree program.)

  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the most recent degree earned. If GPA is not on a 4.0 scale, please reference these instructions for calculating self-reported GPA. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 are required to submit official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores.

  • International applicants - English Language Proficiency (learn more):

    • Minimum score of 79 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    • 7.0 on International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Ready to Apply?

Learn more about how to apply, including required application documents.

Applicants who do not intend to pursue a graduate degree, but are interested in taking graduate-level courses, should apply to the Graduate Non-degree program through the Office of Graduate Admissions.