Information for Prospective Graduate Students (Civil & Environmental Engineering)

The graduate program in Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of the largest programs at the University of Iowa. Over the last five years, the program has graduated the most doctoral students in the College of Engineering and the fourth largest number of doctoral students in the University of Iowa. The masters program is also among the largest in the college of engineering.  Currently, the department supports more than 90 graduate students.  Find out more about from the Graduate College.  Most receive full financial aid through research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships. Full financial aid includes stipends (starting at $22,000 per year), tuition support (more than 50%), and health benefits.  All students with assistantships and full fellowships are eligible for Iowa Resident tuition rates. Find out more from the College of Engineering.

About half the current doctoral students in CEE enter with a masters degree completed.  The other half include students who complete a masters degree in our program and students who are admitted directly to the doctoral program. For all students completing the Ph.D. in CEE, the average time to degree is 5.0 years.

B.S./M.S. Program in Civil & Environmental Engineering

The BS/MS Program in CEE is designed to attract the most able undergraduate students to the graduate program in Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Iowa. 

Students admitted into the BS/MS degree program can apply four upper level undergraduate courses towards a graduate degree, 3 of those toward the BS.  Once admitted, these students must enroll and participate in a graduate seminar course and may begin to work on Master's thesis or project research with a CEE faculty member.

Admission into the BS/MS program is based on the student’s academic record.  To apply to the fast-track combined degree program, a student must identify a faculty adviser.  The advisor should guide the student during the second semester of the senior year, and until the completion of the M.S. degree. 

Additional Information

    • Submit the online application to the Office of Admissions in the spring of your Junior year.
    • Full details of eligibility, application instructions, and policy are found Program Description.

    Graduate Application Deadlines

    Assistantships are awarded to the most highly qualified applicants in February.  Therefore students who wish to be considered for financial aid in the fall semester must complete the application process by January 15.  However, assistantships may become available after this date and prospective students are welcome to contact the CEE office to inquire about the availability of financial aid. 

    Deadlines for complete applications by semester are listed below.

    Semester to Begin Graduate Study International Applicants Domestic Applicants
    Summer March 1 April 15
    Fall April 15 July 15
    Spring October 1 December 1