The objective of the graduate program in civil engineering is to prepare students for continued professional and scholarly development consistent with their technical interests. Students, with the assistance of a faculty advisor in their area of interest, plan their programs of study in one of the technical areas in civil engineering.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Fundamental Knowledge: Graduates will command profound basic and applied knowledge in their specialty area within their Civil Engineering Program (CEP) interest area.
  2. Independent Abilities: Graduates will have the ability to conduct a major independent and original research study that includes gathering of information, gaining an understanding of the process of academic or commercial exploitation of research results, demonstrating an understanding of contemporary research issues, effective project management, synthesis and evaluation, and appropriate dissemination of research findings.
  3. Critical Thinking: Graduates will have a profound ability to critique and synthesize literature, review results and to apply knowledge gained from literature to develop new ideas, to design and evaluate scientific investigations, and to assess, interpret and understand data related to their specialty area within their CEP interest area.
  4. Advanced Knowledge: Graduates will demonstrate profound mastery of the subject matter at a deeper theoretical and applied level well beyond fundamental knowledge gained in the undergraduate course sequence and the higher-level knowledge gained in the master’s level course sequence.
  5. Effective Communication: Graduates will have the ability to construct coherent arguments and articulate ideas clearly to an audience, through a variety of techniques, constructively defend research outcomes, justify their research to the profession and promote the public understanding of their research fields.
  6. Professional Development: A student graduating with a doctoral degree in civil engineering is expected to demonstrate an interest in pursuing lifelong learning by attaining professional licenses, and obtaining professional development hours by attendance at conferences, higher educational classes, short courses and seminars, conducting classes, and publishing.


Research Areas

Typical program and research areas are:

  • Environmental (water and air quality control, and solid and hazardous materials control);
  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Geotechnical (soil mechanics and foundations);
  • Infrastructure Systems;
  • Structures and Applied Mechanics;
  • Transportation (traffic planning, highways, airports, and transit);
  • Water Resources (hydrology and hydraulics).


Requirements and Courses

The Ph.D. degree is a research degree and, as such, requires the candidate to successfully carry out original, independent research in an area acceptable to the civil engineering faculty. Students are admitted to work with a particular faculty member and should contact faculty members in their area of interest prior to applying. Normally, a minimum of one year of advanced coursework beyond the master's degree is required.

The Ph.D. program of work must consist of at least 5 courses beyond the core courses for the Master's program. See the University Catalog for course information.

The student's major professor/Ph.D. committee should comprise the following:

  • A minimum of two other CE faculty members.
  • A minimum of one member outside of CE, in the student's minor area.
  • A minimum of 4 members.


Admission Requirements

Performance on the GRE will not be the sole criterion for admitting applicants or the primary criterion to deny admission to either the Master's or Ph.D. program. In cases where GRE performance is relatively poor, all other qualifications presented by the applicant will be carefully evaluated for evidence of potential for success.

Unconditional Admission

A student must meet the following requirements for unconditional admission:

  1. A Master’s Degree or at least 30 hours of graduate coursework in Civil Engineering. (Applicant with a Master’s Degree in another discipline is considered, subject to satisfactory completion of deficiency courses for the CE area of interest.)
  2. No specific GPA requirement (application considered as a whole). However, a graduate coursework GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School, is typical of a successful applicant.
  3. A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Quantitative score of 740 (old score system) or 158 (new score system) or higher is typical of a successful applicant.
  4. A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Verbal score. A successful applicant typically has a Verbal score of 420 (old score system) or 148 (new score system).
  5. For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 79 on TOEFL iBT, 50 on the SPEAK, 148 on Verbal GRE, 86 on MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery), or 6.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). (MELAB and IELTS are used only when other tests are not available in the applicant’s country.)
  6. Favorable letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s academic work and/or professional work.

Probationary Admission

If applicants do not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission may require that the applicant receive a B or better in at least their first 9 hours of graduate coursework applicable to their degree being sought at UT Arlington, take additional English courses, and/or deficiency courses as required.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline, but whom otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

A deferred application decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Denial of Admission

A candidate may be denied admission if they have less than satisfactory performance on a majority of the admission criteria described above.

CE BS-Ph.D. Program

Unconditional Admission

A student must meet the following requirements for unconditional admission:

  1. No Specific GPA requirement (application considered as a whole). However, an undergraduate coursework GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Graduate School, is typical of a successful applicant.
  2. A Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Quantitative score of 740 (old score system) or 158 (new score system) or higher is typical of a successful applicant.
  3. A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Verbal score. A successful applicant typically has a Verbal score of 420 (old score system) or 148 (new score system).
  4. For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 79 on the TOEFL iBT, 50 on the SPEAK, 86 on MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery), or 6.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). (MELAB and IELTS are used only when other tests are not available in the applicant’s country.)
  5. Favorable letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s academic work and/or professional work.

Probationary Admission

If applicants do not meet a majority of standards for unconditional admission outlined above, they may be considered for probationary admission after careful examination of their application materials. Probationary admission may require that the applicant receive a B or better in at least their first 9 hours or graduate coursework applicable to their degree being sought at UT Arlington, take additional English courses, and/or deficiency courses as required.


Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. degree is a research degree and, as such, requires the candidate to successfully carry out original, independent research in an area acceptable to the civil engineering faculty. Normally, a minimum of 15 credits of coursework beyond the master's degree is required. Candidates are also required to complete the master's program's core course requirements. The student must pass qualifying, comprehensive and dissertation defense exams administered by his/her committee.

The BS-Ph.D. degree is a research degree and, as such, requires the candidate to successfully carry out original, independent research in an area acceptable to the civil engineering faculty. Normally, a minimum of 45 credits of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree is required. The student must pass qualifying, comprehensive and dissertation defense exams administered by his/her committee.


Tuition and Fees

Fall 2018 Graduate Nonresident Tuition and Fees

Fall 2018 Graduate Resident Tuition and Fees


International students will want to submit financial documents/statements as they also submit application materials for admission.

International financial statement form


Our application priority dates are:

Fall: March 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: April 1


Applications are accepted after the published priority date for each term, but for guaranteed consideration of admission please submit the application and associated materials by the priority date. However, it is important to apply well in advance of your intended start date to be eligible for program-specific funding opportunities such as assistantships and fellowships. Keep in mind that departmental application processing times vary greatly and some programs require applications up to one year in advance.

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  • English

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