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CEGE at Ohio State offers a Master’s in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering. Applicants choose from 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 at and all application fees must be paid.  The department does not pay applicant fees.

Application Deadlines

AUTUMN 2020:

for fellowship consideration *

ALL applicants (domestic and international)

*please note this the deadline

to apply only if you wish to be

considered for university-level


AUTUMN 2020:

for general admission

ALL applicants (domestic and international)

NOVEMBER 30, 2019
APRIL 1, 2020
*Minimum qualifications for fellowship nomination include: 3.6 cumulative GPA  (on a 4.0 scale), 75th percentile average GRE (Verbal and Quantitative) and 4.0 Writing, or 75th percentile GMAT.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate point hour ratio below 3.0/4.0 are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
  • GRE General Test scores: Generally, successful candidates for our programs have earned test scores better than or equal to 151 Verbal, 148 Quantitative, 3.0 Writing.
The Graduate Studies Committee may also request that candidates with cumulative point hour ratios above 3.00 submit the results of the GRE General Test.

  • Minimum score of:
    • 79 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL )  or
    • 7.0 on International English Language Testing System (IELTS)  or
    • 82 MELAB score is
These tests are equired of all international applicants and applicants who have held U.S. asylum, refugee or permanent resident status for less than one year. There are no exceptions to this rule. Official test results must be sent to the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions.
  • Students found deficient in the English language may be required to enroll in English and/or Speech courses.​

Required Undergraduate Degrees

Admission is determined by the Civil Engineering Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate School. The committee requires that a candidate have either a BS in Civil Engineering from an accredited institution or a BS in Engineering Science and permission from the Graduate Studies Committee. 

  • Students applying for the master’s program or doctoral program should have completed a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (or closely related area.)
  • Applicants with a BS engineering degree from a non-ABET accredited institution must submit results of the GRE General Test to the Admissions Office, without exception, 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 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, under any circumstances, for admission to the MS degree program.
A candidate with a BS in other fields will be evaluated by the Graduate Studies Committee. Acceptance into this program depends upon verification of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and approval of the Chair, Graduate Studies Committee. 
Applicants who do not intend to pursue a graduate degree should apply to the Graduate Non-degree program through the Office of Graduate Admissions.