Applying to the CEE Graduate Program

For Information on CEE Graduate Programs please contact:
Marlo Bailey - CEE Advisor

Graduate Admission:

Admission committees consider GRE scores and experience, undergraduate record and curriculum, and formal recommendations. A student without an undergraduate civil and environmental engineering background may be required to complete selected undergraduate courses prior to admission as a fully matriculated graduate student.

Application-for-admission forms are found and submitted online at the School of Graduate Studies webpage. The form must be accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee of $55 for all students. Note: Fees must be paid before applications will be evaluated. Prospective students are advised to consult the application materials and additional information that are available on-line .

Bachelor's Degree:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required. A master’s degree is required for admission to a doctoral program.

Grade Point Average:

A minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 semester credits is required.


Each previously attended college and/or university, including Utah State, must be listed on the application form, and the applicant must have an official transcript from each institution (except Utah State) sent directly to the Utah State University School of Graduate Studies. Transcripts accumulated on one record are not acceptable. Transcripts must be submitted for all coursework above the high-school level and all prior degrees. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation. Transcripts submitted as application credentials become the property of the School of Graduate Studies and will not be copied for or returned to the applicant.

GRE Admission Exam:

GRE test scores are not required for CEE graduate school applicants.

Recommendation Letters:

Three letters of recommendation are required; each must address the applicant's potential for success in the proposed graduate degree program. At least two of the letters must come from persons from whom the applicant has taken academic coursework. The letters must be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies. The request is sent out electronically through the online application.

International Applicants:

International applicants from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate competency in the English language by taking either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. The minimum required scores are as follows:

TOEFL internet-based test: 79

IELTS exam: overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5 on each subscale.

Scores that are more than 2 years old are not accepted. If an international applicant has a degree from a university in an English-speaking country, the TOEFL or IELTS is not required.

International applicants may apply to Utah State University as an undergraduate student in the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) and:

  • Take and pass the IELI placement exam, or
  • Take the IELI placement exam and complete the required classes.

Note: IELI does not offer level 0 or low-beginning English classes. IELI offers level 1, which is high-beginning. Students entering IELI must have a basic knowledge of English in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Passing the IELI placement exam or completing the required IELI classes does not guarantee matriculation into a graduate program.

International students must also submit an I-20 application form, a financial certificate, and a financial guarantee. Because of immigration regulations, international students cannot be admitted to provisional matriculation. Prospective international students are advised to consult the online information on international application procedures.

Application Deadlines:

Completed application forms, transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, and the application fee should be submitted on or before the following dates.

  • January 15 for full funding consideration for Fall Semester
  • March 15 for final consideration for Fall Semester
  • October 1 for Spring Semester

As soon as an application is complete, a recommendation is made by the appropriate department to the graduate dean, who must approve all admissions. No notification of acceptance or rejection other than that from the graduate dean is official.