How to Apply

Prospective students interested in applying to the Civil Engineering Graduate Studies Program are required to submit an online application through the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions and include all of the required application documents described below.

Applicants interested in university-level fellowship consideration should complete all application requirements by the priority deadline for that semester; students who complete the application by the general application deadline will be considered for any available Graduate Research Associate position in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering.

Application deadlines are posted on the Admissions page. Students experiencing any technical issues with application submission should contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.

Required Application Documents

  • Statement of Intent (1-2 pages)

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Copy or scan of all official transcripts (front and back of each page) from all institutions attended. Advising reports, web reports, self-reported scores, or transfer credits on another school’s transcript are not acceptable. Scanned transcripts, whether received through Central Application Services (CAS) or directly from the applicant, will be used for evaluation purposes and the calculation of GPAs.

    • If the applicant is admitted by our program, the admission will be held as provisional until an official, final transcript is received by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation. Letters should be submitted electronically on institutional letterhead. Each must include a completed copy of the approved University form and at least 1 of the 3 must be from an academic reference (e.g., department chair, classroom instructor or undergraduate / graduate advisor).

  • Official GRE scores reported via ETS, for applicants with a BS engineering degree from a non-ABET accredited institution or those with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • Official TOEFL scores reported via ETS (international applicants only; view list of exceptions.) 

  • International applicants are also required to submit financial documentation to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions after they have been recommended for admission. Additional information is available in the Graduate Admissions FAQs.

Only the documents listed above will be used in the review process.

Updating Your Application

In the event you need to submit updated documents or you need to submit one of the required documents and you did not do so at the time you applied, you can use the Admissions Uploader through the Graduate Admissions Office.

Submitting Hard Copies of Documents

The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering strongly encourages applicants to submit application materials electronically; however, we do understand that may not always be possible. In the event you cannot submit documents electronically, hard copies can be mailed to the following addresses:

Regular postal mailing address:

Graduate and Professional Admissions
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus, OH 43218-2646

Express mail address for mailing from outside the U.S.:

Graduate and Professional Admissions
Student Academic Services Building
281 W. Lane Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1132 USA

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Application Status

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