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  Do not submit materials in paper format, materials that are out of date, or materials that you intend to re-do at a later date.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.
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS Scores: 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.  Your statement should/can address any or all of the following suggestions (these are not required merely suggestions):
    • Address your purpose in graduate study
    • The area of study in which you with to specialize
    • Your intended future use of your graduate degree
    • Correlate your academic background with your extracurricular experience to show how they unite to make you a special candidate
    • Any problems or inconsistencies in your records or scores such as a bad semester.
    • Any special conditions not revealed elsewhere in the application.
    • This statement should contain information about you as a person.
  • 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:  Not required.
  • 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 AND with a minimum total of 80.
    • The IELTS requires a minimum score of 6.5 in each section.
    • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School will accept Duolingo Scores with a minimum of 110 required for admission. In addition to providing a score at or above the minimum, the Graduate School or our program may choose to require applicants to participate in a Zoom or Skype interview prior to making an admission decision.
        • Exceptions to the English Proficiency Requirement
        • 1.  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

Note that strong applications will always be considered for financial aid even if submitted after the deadlines stated in the table.

Entry Term
Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic Students

   Admission only

   Admission and financial aid


Jun 1

Dec 15


Nov 1

Jul 1


Mar 1

Dec 15


May 1

Dec 15

International Students

   Admission only

   Admission and financial aid


Mar 1

Dec 15


Jul 1

Jul 1


Dec 15

Dec 15


Dec 15

Dec 15

(The posted deadlines are soft deadlines.  Applications will be accepted until admission slots are full. See note below.*)

The posted deadline is the last date to:

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

*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.

Application Fees

Application fees can not be waived under any circumstances.

Departmental funding

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 Process and 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.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Please visit the NCSU Cashier’s Office website for information on tuition rates for the current academic year.  This chart lists estimated annual expenses for full-time graduate students.

Department Funding

The Civil, Engineering, Construction, & Environmental Engineering 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.

US Citizens

Financial aid may be available on a limited basis. Long-term, low-interest federal loans including the Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Stafford Loans may be obtained. For more information and application materials, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

International Students

International students are required to show ability to meet the financial requirements of tuition, fees and living expenses for themselves and any dependent family members for at least one year to receive documents for visa applications. International students should visit the Office of International Services website for complete information regarding estimated living expenses and required proof of financial responsibility.

Nonimmigrant students in the US are not eligible for most federal financial aid programs for which US citizens and lawful permanent resident students normally apply.

Financial Aid Websites

If you are not awarded financial aid by NC State, you may wish to seek additional sources of aid. Following is a list of sites with information about financial aid opportunities, and/or organizations who offer financial aid for study in the United States:

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. Sankar Arumugam 919-515-7700,

Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering:

Dr. Brina Montoya, 919-513-0425,

Mechanics and Materials:

Dr. Mohammad Pour-Ghaz, 919-515-2235,

Structural Engineering and Mechanics:

Dr. Murthy Gudatti, 919-515-7699,

Transportation Materials:

Dr. Cassie Castorena, 919-515-6411,

Transportation Systems: 

Dr. Eleni Bardaka, 919-515-8576,