Prospective Students


Graduate Programs

Expect to be challenged. Expect to excel.

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers five master's and five doctoral degree programs that serve as the launching points for a wide variety of academic and career destinations.

CEE graduate students choose uniquely challenging paths toward their intended degrees. Most will work within one of six affinity groups, each of which conducts a variety of interdisciplinary research initiatives within the School, across campus, and with other universities around the world. This interdisciplinary approach to research attracts a broad array of corporate, governmental and research foundation support. Students can also gain valuable work experience through graduate assistantships in CEE, the Georgia Tech Cooperative Education Program, and the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Our degrees:


Admissions Flowchart

Application Submitted to CEEatGT
  • for summer and fall admission: December 15
  • for spring admission: August 31
Initial Processing
  • typically 3-4 weeks after application deadline
Faculty Review  
  • approximately 6-8 weeks; faculty review for admissibility and funding 
Decisions Issued
  • by March 30 for Summer and Fall
  • by October 30 for Spring
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Please keep in mind, master’s degree applicants are typically admitted for fall semester.

Admission to the Ph.D. Program

Our Ph.D. program is available to selected students who have an excellent academic background and the capability to conduct independent research. Applicants must have earned an acceptable master's or bachelor's degree. Ph.D. applicants must choose a CEE discipline or specific field of study. After consulting with faculty, the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies grants or denies the applicant admission to the Ph.D. program in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Admission to the Ph.D. program does not constitute admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. (Candidacy requirements are discussed here.)

Personal Statement Guidance

The personal statement, or statement of purpose, is your opportunity to clearly outline your academic, professional, and career objectives. Additionally, it is your chance to tell us why you wish to pursue these objectives through graduate studies in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. Your statement should discuss your background — including academic, research, and professional experience — as well as any unique specifics related to your qualifications for a graduate program. In short, your statement should address:

  1. Why you wish to attend graduate school;
  2. Why you wish to specifically attend the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech; and
  3. How our program can help you reach your long-term goals.


Test Scores

GRE 155 (quantitative only) R5248 1102

Official score reports will be sent directly from the testing agency to Georgia Tech. All GRE subset scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing) are required for all applicants, and the TOEFL is required for all international applicants. International students who have attended a U.S. college or university for at least one academic year will not be required to provide a TOEFL score.

(minimum 19 in each subsection)
5248 65

If you know your test scores when completing the application, note them in the space provided on the application form. Although an application may be reviewed based on your self-reported scores, many faculty wish to see the official scores during their review. We advise you to plan accordingly so that your official scores arrive before the application deadline.


School Profile & Rankings
Where We Work

Civil Engineering

Look around you. The work of civil engineers is everywhere. The roads and bridges we travel on, sure. The buildings we live, work and play in, too. But also systems that bring us clean water and take away waste. Strategies that help us recover from disasters. Energy innovations to power the future. Technologies for green buildings. New materials and sensors for smart infrastructure systems. Projects to alleviate poverty. In other words, civil engineers design the systems, technologies and structures that ready our modern world for a growing, aging human population and make life better in our communities.

Civil engineers are problem solvers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and global leaders. They will invent the technologies of the future and create solutions to challenges we haven’t even imagined yet. A civil engineering education also provides a foundation to move into leadership positions in the public, private or nonprofit sectors, or pursue careers beyond engineering, like law, medicine, business and healthcare.

Environmental Engineering

If you’ve thought about how we control pollution in the air and water or how we clean up contaminated waste sites or how we assess exposure and human risk, you’re already thinking like an environmental engineer. From clean drinking water and air quality monitoring to pollution controls and sustainable development, environmental engineers are designing new ways to make life better for people around the globe while respecting our world’s natural resources.

Environmental engineers use core engineering skills and a deep understanding of the physical, chemical and biological principles of the local, regional and global environment to help change the world.

The pulse of today's world beats with technological revolution, population dynamics, environmental concerns, urban development and more. As a result, civil and environmental engineers must be creative problem solvers to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The programs in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech are based on engineering fundamentals and real-world experience to ensure our students are ready to address complex, multidisciplinary problems to improve the lives of people on a global scale.


Our graduates pursue careers in a variety of civil and environmental engineering jobs in industry and government. They also work in fields as diverse as banking, law and medicine. They travel the world, working to improve the lives of people in developing nations. Still others ultimately decide to start their own businesses. And they work everywhere you can imagine (and maybe some places that would surprise you):

  • AT&T
  • Atkins
  • Bank of America
  • Bechtel Corp.
  • Boeing
  • CBRE Capital Advisors
  • CH2M Hill
  • Delta Airlines
  • Emory Healthcare
  • ExxonMobil
  • GE
  • Georgia Power and Southern Company
  • Geosyntec Consultants
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kimley-Horn and Associates
  • Lockheed Martin
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Pepco Energy Services
  • Schlumberger
  • Shell
  • Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
  • Skanska
  • state departments of transportation
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Vulcan Materials Co.
  • Wells Fargo

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