Graduate Admission

Graduate Admissions Procedure for the CCEE Department

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State University. Please follow these steps to apply for admission to the Civil or Environmental Engineering Graduate Program:

1.  All applications must be submitted entirely online using the North Carolina State University Graduate School Online Application.  Paper applications, or applications with any supporting paper documents will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.   Application fees will not be waived.  Do not submit materials in paper format, materials that are out of date, or materials that you intend to re-do at a later date.

Your Statement of Purpose, Resume, copies of GRE and TOEFL/IELTS score sheets, and unofficial transcripts should be available for upload when you apply.

Complete applications contain the following items:

  • Transcripts: Upload unofficial transcripts (English version only) with the online application.  Original, official transcripts should not be sent until an offer of admission is made from the Graduate School.
  • GRE (General test only), TOEFL, IELTS Scores: GRE and TOEFL scores must be sent electronically from ETS to Institution code 5496.  IELTS score sheets should be sent directly to the Graduate School.  Uploading copies of test reports with your online application safeguards against delays in reporting by the testing agencies.  See Admission Requirements for details on scores.
  • Statement of Purpose (a statement about your academic career, research, qualifications, and career goals): Limited to 500 words and must be submitted with your online application.
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation: Three strong recommendations from persons able to comment on the applicant’s qualifications for graduate study.  List the name and email address for each reference on your application. References will be notified by email with a link to respond.  Paper recommendations will not be accepted.

Admissions Requirements

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  Changes to the application are not accepted after electronic submission.  

The minimum requirements for admission to the graduate degree programs in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering are as follows:

  • Previous Degree:  A bachelor’s degree from an EAC-ABET accredited college or university in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or a closely related engineering discipline.
  • GPA:  An overall GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Complete Application (see Admissions Procedure)
  • GRE Scores:  All international applicants and all applicants applying for the MS or PhD degrees must submit GRE scores. GRE must have been taken within four years of the date of anticipated admission. We do not have a minimum GRE score.  Applicants applying to the MCE or MENE programs that have an ABET accredited undergraduate Engineering degree from the United States may submit their application for consideration without GRE scores.  The department admissions committee reserves the right to require scores if further evaluation is needed.
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores:  All international applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores taken within two years of the date of anticipated admission.
    TOEFL iBT must have a minimum of 18 on each section of the test with a minimum total of 80.
    The IELTS requires a minimum score of 6.5 in each section.
    Exceptions1.  If you are a citizen of a country where English is an official language and the language of instruction in higher education you qualify for a TOEFL / IELTS Waiver.  2.  International applicants with at least one year of full-time study at a U.S. university are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
    NOTE:  If scores do not meet minimum requirement, admission is not possible.  Please apply when TOEFL/IELTS scores meet the minimum requirement.
    For additional information in the English Proficiency Requirements for International Students, click the embedded link.
  • NON-ENGINEERING PREREQUISITES:  If you do NOT have an EAC-ABET accredited undergraduate degree in CE, CEM, ENE, or a closely related engineering field, Click here for a list of  required background prerequisite courses needed for full admission.  The courses (or equivalent courses) listed on the tables in the spreadsheet are required

List of Required Background Courses

Application Deadlines

Our Department follows the Graduate School Priority Deadlines shown below.

Graduate School Priority Deadlines
Fall Spring Summer 1 Summer 2
US Citizens: Jun 01 Nov 01 Mar 01 May 10
Internationals: Mar 1 Jul 15 Dec 15 Dec 15
Financial Aid: Feb 1 Jul 15 Not considered Not considered

The posted deadline is the last date to:

  • pay your application fee*
  • complete your online application
  • submit ALL required application materials

*Application Fees can not be waived under any circumstances.

Applicants who apply after the deadline:  Domestic applicants are permitted to submit applications after the posted deadline.  Processing and review is not guaranteed to be completed on time and the applicant may be asked to defer their application to another semester.

Departmental funding is offered to the most qualified students at the earliest possible date. Applicants are encouraged to complete the application and submit all online supporting documentation well ahead of the deadlines listed above.

Review Completion

Review of your application does not begin until all of your application materials and credentials have been received.  While the submission process is electronic, the completed application must be checked manually which is a time consuming process.  Your patience is appreciated.  If you have submitted all application materials, please do not contact us to ask why the application is still listed as “incomplete.”  Contacting our department slows our review processing.  You will be be notified by email of any missing materials and again when your application is complete.

Applications typically take a minimum of  three weeks to be reviewed after marked as “complete” in the system.  The Graduate School is notified of your program admission status when a departmental decision is made.  Your application status can be monitored by logging into your application: Application Program.

Cost of Attending

This chart lists estimated annual expenses for full-time graduate students.

Financial Aid

Our department offers financial aid in the form of Teaching and Research Assistantships (TA’s and RA’s) to highly qualified applicants. If you are interested in seeking aid through the department, your preferences should be listed when applying. We do not offer aid to MCE or MENE students (on-campus or distance).

Admission decisions are typically made first, and then financial aid decisions later. If you have requested financial aid we will send you an email if a financial aid offer is being made.

Specialty Area Coordinators

Computing and Systems:

Dr. G. Mahinthakumar, 919-515-7696,

Construction Engineering:

Dr. William Rasdorf,  919-515-7637,

Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering:

Dr. Joel Ducoste, 919-515-8150,

Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering:

Dr. Brina Montoya, 919-513-0425,

Mechanics and Materials:

Dr. Tasnim Hassan, 919-515-8123,

Structural Engineering and Mechanics:

Dr. Tasnim Hassan, 919-515-8123,

Transportation Materials:

Dr. Cassie Castorena, 919-515-6411,

Transportation Systems: 

Dr. George List, 919-515-8038,