Application Process for Civil Engineering Master's Degree
1. Review Admission Requirements
To qualify for admission into the civil engineering master’s degree, students must meet the following requirements:
- Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from an ABET-accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA in the final two years or approximately the last 60 credit hours.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for students who hold a bachelor’s in civil engineering from an institution that is not ABET-accredited.
- Students with degrees in an engineering discipline other than civil engineering will be required to take undergraduate-level deficiency courses in order to gain the necessary background to meet the master’s degree prerequisites.
- View courses that are needed for those applicants whose bachelor’s degree is not in civil engineering on the Civil Engineering Undergraduate Course Requirements for Graduate Applicants (PDF). Changes and additions may occur in the Civil Engineering Graduate Student Handbook. (PDF)
2. Review Application Requirements
- U.S. Applicants
- Applications are accepted year-round. Applicants should plan to apply no later than two to three months before the start of the semester. The fall semester begins in late August, the spring semester begins in late January and the summer semester begins in late May.
- International Applicants
- Fall semester (begins in late August): January 8
- Spring semester (begins in late January): August 1
- Summer semester (begins in late May): December 1
Students who would like to get started right away but have missed the deadline may take classes as a nondegree-seeking student. Contact us for assistance.
- U.S. Applicants: $65
- International Applicants: $75
3. Prepare to Apply
Please be prepared to upload the following information when completing the online application.
- Statement of objectives: A personal narrative of the reasons the applicant is seeking admission to K-State’s civil engineering graduate program. The applicant should provide specific reasons for selecting the field of study and professional plans. It is important to indicate one of the fields of specialization (environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation or water resources) as the major area of study. Most statements are three to four paragraphs in length.
- Names and emails of three professional and/or academic references who will provide letters of recommendation. At least two letters must be from faculty members who have direct knowledge of the applicant’s academic work. These individuals may include undergraduate faculty advisors, course instructors or undergraduate research/project supervisors. The applicant may also have his or her employer or an internship supervisor provide a letter of recommendation. References will be contacted automatically using the email addresses provided by the applicant, but it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure letters are submitted before the program's application deadline.
- Unofficial transcripts from each institution attended
- Failure to list any colleges or universities from which the applicant received a degree or enrolled in graduate coursework may result in dismissal from the university.
- If transcripts are not in English, the applicant must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority.
- Applicants will be asked for official transcripts after notification of admission.
Proof of English Proficiency
Students whose primary language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency during the application process by providing any one of the following official minimum test scores:
Scores must be self-reported within the application and official scores must be sent by the testing service to K-State.
Exception: students who have received a degree in the last two years from a U.S. college or university are not required to take any of the above English language proficiency exams.
Tip: select “Distance-Off Campus” and “Master’s” on the Academic Information page. On the Program Selection page, select “Engineering” followed by “Civil Engineering.”