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.