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Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics (MS)  
Program Description

Master's degrees may be awarded for graduate work to students who have received a recognized bachelor's degree. Master's degree involves advanced training gained through intensive study, beyond the bachelor's degree, in a special field (or major) supplemented by study in supporting subjects.

A thesis or engineering report is required. At the option of the department, the 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 and Architectural Engineering and 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 Science, Masters of Engineering, an Accelerated Masters Degree in both MS and ME degrees and has three certificate programs; Advance Transportation, 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
Abraham Edward Cooper
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Masters program, the candidate must have attained a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a related field and be admitted to both the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and the University of Arizona Graduate College.  Minimum eligibility requirements for admission to the Graduate College includes a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 grade scale.  An official on-line application for admission to the UA Graduate College

Required Materials for Graduate Application:

  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official transcripts from ALL universities/colleges attended  Please do not send transcripts until you have been recommended
  • GRE Scores
  • TOEFL Scores (For international applicants only)
  • Minimum GPA - 3.00
Standardized Tests

Required Standardized Tests -

  • GRE score of at least Quantitative 155, Verbal 151, and minimum GPA of 3.0 are required. To be competitive for scholarship, applicants are expected to have GRE score exceeding 160 in Quantitative.  GRE Institution Code (University of Arizona) - 4832  /  GRE Subject Code(s) - CE 1102, CE 1199 (other), EM 1501
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 79 (iBT)(CBT = 213)  or IELTS-composite score of 7 (no subject area below 6).  (For international students only)
Financial Aid
  • Teaching and Research Assistantships
  • Fellowships
  • Tuition and Registration Scholarships
  • Available based on student qualifications

Prospective students should directly contact faculty members with whom they potentially share research interests regarding Research Assistantships.  

Applicants are encouraged to apply for institutional funding offered through the UA Graduate College, including Graduate Access Fellowships, UA/SIGP Fellowships, and NASA Scholarships.  Domestic students should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Loans, FAFSA, to qualify for institutional funding  Detailed information on UA financial aid may be found at

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

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


International Applicants:

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


No Summer Admission

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

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Hours - 30

Minimum GPA - 3.00

Minor Requirements - N/A

Language Requirement(s) - N/A

Minor Requirements

No minor is required.


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Last revised 03 Oct 2018