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Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics (PHD)  
Program Description

A minor field may be selected from architecture, chemistry, environmental engineering, geology, mathematics, mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, mining engineering, nuclear engineering, physics, or systems engineering, or from within the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Still other fields are available as minors with the approval of the head of the department. 

At the option of the department, a Master of Science degree may be awarded to candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree who have passed the comprehensive examination, provided they write a thesis or engineering report. 

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics -

The department offers programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in civil engineering and engineering mechanics. Work is directed toward research and professional development in such areas as engineering mechanics, engineering materials, highway engineering, hydraulics and fluid mechanics, geomechanics, geo-technical engineering, water resources, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. Certain interdisciplinary options such as regional development and urban planning, and environmental engineering are available by combining various areas of the program with programs in other departments. For further information concerning these options, see the College of Engineering web site.

The department also offers a degree in Master of Engineering, an Accelerated Masters Degree, and has two certificate programs; Geoengineering and Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering.


College of Engineering  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Karen E Van Winkle
Graduate Program Coordinator
Karen E Van Winkle
Director of Graduate Studies
Jennifer Guohong Duan
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lori D'Anna
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Minimum GPA - 3.50

Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based) Score - 79 (International)

Minimum IELTS (overall band score) - 7 (International)

Standardized Tests

Required Standardized Test(s) - GRE

GRE Institution Code (University of Arizona) - 4832

GRE Subject Code(s) - CE 1102, CE 1199 (other), EM 1501

Financial Aid
  • Teaching and Research Assistantships
  • Fellowships
  • Tuition and Registration Scholarships
  • Available for qualified students

Please contact research professors directly for financial assistance.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 1st
  • Spring: June 1st


International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 1st
  • Spring: June 1st


No Summer Admissions


International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Hours - 72

Language Requirement(s) - N/A

Minor Requirements - 12 units

Minimum GPA - 3.50

Minor Requirements
  • GPA 3.5
  • Minimum of 3.5 GPA during M.S. study for Ph.D. Program
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 79(iBT)(CBT = 213)
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Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 40%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 3.75
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 91%
Enrollment Percent Female 9%
Enrollment Percent International 63%
Enrollment Percent URM 9%

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