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Graduate Degrees

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Questions about admissions and applying?

Contact Dr. David Sanders, Graduate Director, at sanders@unr.edu.

The University of Nevada, Reno provides excellent opportunities for graduate studies in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The department offers programs leading to both the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in five main area of specialization:

  1. Earthquake & Structural
  2. Environmental
  3. Geotechnical
  4. Pavements/Materials 
  5. Transportation

M.S. and Ph.D. students work closely with their faculty advisors to conduct state-of-the-art research to solve a variety of difficult design and engineering problems. Many research and teaching assistantships are available to fund your gradaute education.

Graduate Student Recruitment Weekend

For spring applicants wishing to enroll during fall semesters, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department holds a recruitment weekend for invited domestic applicants, typically in late March or early April. This recruitment weekend includes partial or complete travel support and will consist of individual meetings with selected faculty in our departmental programs, interaction with current graduate students, tours of the campus and facilities, and visits to nearby attractions in the Reno/Tahoe region.

The recruitment weekend is an excellent chance to meet your graduate advisors and see what the graduate experience at the University of Nevada, Reno is like, and we can't wait to meet you there.

Admission and Degree Requirements

Admission to the M.S. and Ph.D. programs requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 and 3.25 (on a scale of 4.0), respectively. Additionally, prospective graduate students are required to take the GRE and score 1100 or higher for the Verbal+ Quantitative sections combined. International students should have a TOEFL or equivalent score of 550 or higher. Applicants also should submit three letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose with their application.

The deadline for application is January 15 for Fall Semester enrollment and September 1 for enrollment in the Spring. Additional applications are considered at any time during the academic year; however, assistantships are normally assigned by June for the next academic year.

Master's Degree

Students are eligible for admission to a master's degree program under the condition that he/she holds a minimum 3.0 GPA. Two options are available to M.S. students upon graduate committee approval.

  • Plan A (Thesis) - 30 credits: 6 thesis credits, 12 credits 700 level and 12 credits 600 level (21 credits on campus)
  • Plan B (Non-Thesis) - 32 credits: 15 credits 700 level and 17 credits 600 level (23 credits on campus)

Learn more about the master's degree program in civil and environmental engineering.

Ph.D.

Promising graduates from accredited colleges and universities may be admitted to work toward a Ph.D. degree. In order to gain admission, students must hold an overall GPA of at least 3.25 on all undergraduate and graduate courses while satisfactorily completing the necessary prerequisites of credits in a chosen major field.

Learn more about the Ph.D. program in civil and environmental engineering.

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