The School of Civil and Construction Engineering offers outstanding opportunities for graduate studies in the fields of Civil (CE) and Construction Engineering (CEM). The Oregon State School of Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE) excels in collaborative research and preparing work-ready graduates. Corvallis is a great place to live, and the friendly and skilled people here help make our school a truly enjoyable place to further your education. Please review the resources on this page to organize your application.
Minimum Admission Requirements
To become a Civil or Construction Engineering graduate student you must be admitted to Oregon State University through both the OSU Graduate School and CCE. Our faculty carefully review the material submitted to determine adequacy of academic background and alignment of the proposed study with the expertise of the faculty. The Office of Admissions will determine whether the general university conditions for admission have been met. Applicants will be notified by the Office of Admissions as to the action taken. The School does not have the capacity to accommodate all applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements.
When to Apply
Standard graduate admissions for CCE are for fall term only. If you wish to be considered for financial support beginning in fall term, you must apply by December 31 of the same year. We do not accept applications for winter or spring starts unless the applicant has explicit approval of a CCE faculty member who will serve as the research advisor. Because such applications often fall outside of the typical review cycle, they will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and the review schedule will vary.
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. International students must have completed the equivalent of a four-year American baccalaureate degree.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
School of Civil and Construction Engineering requires a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4-point scale). The GPA is based on the last 90 graded quarter (60 semester) credit hours of the first baccalaureate degree plus all work completed thereafter. For international students, the GPA is based on the last 2 years of undergraduate courses.
The School requires only the General GRE test; GRE subject tests are not required. The general GRE is required for all graduate applicants (including OSU graduates applying for the MEng program starting Fall 2012). GRE scores cannot be more than five (5) years old at the time of application. The most competitive applicants score a minimum of 146 on the Verbal section and a combined score of 300 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections (1100 using the GRE scoring scale prior to August 2011). A minimum score of 3.0 on the writing section is desirable. This minimum applies to all programs in CCE.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English, including those transferring from English speaking colleges and universities. Current TOEFL requirements are posted on the International Student page of the OSU Graduate School.
Statement of Objectives
Applicants must include a description of their objectives in pursuing the advanced degree. This should be a brief (maximum of one page when printed) summary of the applicant's career goals, research interests, and pertinent experience. This information is submitted as part of the electronic admission form (see below).
You must provide the names and email addresses of three professional references as part of the online application. Your references will be sent instructions on how to submit their letters.
Applying for Admission
The university application must be completed and submitted online.
Once you have completed and submitted your application, you can return to the site to verify that your application materials are complete. Please note this is an important part of the process.
1. Materials that must be submitted electronically
Application for Graduate Admission: online application form
Statement of Objectives: (part of online application)
Fee: $75 for domestic degree seeking students or $85 for international degree seeking students, payable by credit card. (part of online application)
Areas of Concentration: You must apply to a particular area of concentration within Civil Engineering. This information is included as part of the online application.
Recommendation Letters: You must provide the names and email addresses of three professional references as part of the online application. Your references will be sent instructions on how to submit their letters.
GRE: You must self-report your scores as part of the online application. You must also request that ETS send your scores to OSU. Scores must be no older than 5 years at the time when your graduate studies start. (Note: Our OSU code for GRE/TOEFL score is 4586.)
TOEFL: You must self-report your scores as part of the online application. You must also request that TOEFL send your scores to OSU. Scores must be no older than 2 years at the time when your graduate studies start. (Note: Our OSU code for GRE/TOEFL score is 4586.)
2. Materials that must be submitted by electronically or by mail
Mail the following to: Graduate School, Oregon State University, Heckart Lodge, 2900 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331.
Certification of Finances (International Students only): Certification of Finances (pdf). The Certification of Finances form can be completed, saved, and printed using Adobe Reader. The printed form must be signed by hand, but it can then be scanned, saved as a PDF, and uploaded into your application. If you do not have a scanner, the signed paper form can be faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered to the Graduate School. If admitted you will be required to submit official documentation of all academic work attempted or completed prior to registration for courses. This includes all official transcripts/academic records, degree statements, test scores, etc. A list of required documents will be included on your formal letter of admission from the Graduate School.
Transcripts: Mail one official transcript (grade slips, kiosk and web printable transcripts or reports will not be accepted for use in evaluation) of previous academic work, undergraduate and graduate.
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