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Admission

The Department offers a Master’s in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Civil Engineering.  Applicants choose from the following areas of specialization:

  • Construction Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering and Water Resources
  • Geoinformation & Geodetic Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering

Information on each of these specializations can be found HERE. A dual MS degree is also offered in Urban Transportation Planning, in conjunction with the Department of City and Regional Planning, Knowlton School of Architecture.

The Department admits new graduate students for Autumn Semester only. 

Applicants must apply online at http://gradadmissions.osu.edu and all application fees must be paid.  The Department does not pay applicant fees.

Application Deadlines for Autumn Semester 2018

Domestic applicants

  1. If you wish to be considered for possible fellowship nomination you must submit your complete application no later than December 13, 2017 
    • 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.
  2. Domestic applicants not interested in fellowship opportunities must submit a complete application no later than June 1, 2018.


International applicants

  1. If you wish to be considered for possible fellowship nomination you must submit your complete application no later than November 30, 2017.
    • 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).
  2. International applicants not interested in fellowship opportunities must submit a complete application (including required test scores) no later than May 1, 2018.

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.

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 TOEFL (79 internet), IELTS (7.0) or MELAB (82) score is required 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.
  • 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.


Without exception, GRE scores are required of:

  • Applicants whose cumulative undergraduate cumulative GPA is below 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Applicants whose undergraduate degree was not received from a U.S. ABET-accredited institution or from a Canadian (CEAB) institution. Universities in countries other than the U.S. and Canada are considered non-ABET.
  • Applicants who wish to be considered for Fellowship awards.

The Graduate Studies Committee may request GRE scores from any applicant, regardless of GPA.

Required Undergraduate Degrees

Students applying for the master’s program should have completed a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (or closely related area).

Students applying for the doctoral program should have completed a master’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.

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.  

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.

Required Application Documents

  • Copy or scan of all official transcripts, front and back of each page. 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.
    • Please do not need to send additional grade transcripts to the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering.
  • Statement of Purpose (1-2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 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, undergraduate/graduate advisor).
  • 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.