CEE Graduate Program

The graduate program in Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of the largest programs at the University of Iowa.  The masters program is also among the largest in the college of engineering.  Currently, the department supports more than 60 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 $27,000 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 Department Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Student Manual.

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.

Admissions information

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

In an effort to serve the most able undergraduate engineering students at The University of Iowa, CEE and the College of Engineering support a combined bachelor of science and master of science degree program (BS/MS).  Students admitted to this program will be allowed to: apply three engineering courses (9 s.h.) towards both the B.S. and M.S. degree requirements; take an additional 3 s.h. of graduate coursework before completing their BS; and attend and participate in the departmental graduate seminar. The intent of the program is to allow an early entrance to graduate school for our most able students. Students applying for the BS/MS program with the MS/Non-thesis option must hold a GPA of 3.0 at the time of their application to be admitted into the program. Those intending to pursue the MS/Thesis option through the BS/MS program must have a GPA of 3.25 at the time of their application to the program.

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 by May 1 in the spring of your Junior year.
    • 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.
    • The BS/MS program is primarily intended for students interested in pursuing the MS/Non-thesis degree option. However, the MS/Thesis degree option can be pursued in those instances where (i) a student has been conducting research under the supervision of a CEE faculty member since (at least) the summer following the student’s junior year and (ii) a CEE faculty member is willing to provide RA support during (at least) the student’s second year in the BS/MS program. 

    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