civil, construction and environmental engineering

Degrees Offered

Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy


Construction Engineering and Management, Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics, Transportation Engineering and Materials

Program Description

The master of science and doctor of philosophy degree programs are designed to provide graduate students with both broad fundamental knowledge and up-to-date information on current and emerging technologies. Students may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis. Doctoral students and research-oriented master’s students (e.g., Plan A: thesis option) engage in research activities under the close supervision of their advisers, gradually learning to become independent researchers. Their projects are often supported by government and industry grants. Courses and research projects make significant use of the department’s extensive laboratory and computational facilities. Graduates find employment in industry, government, academia and research laboratories.

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering maintains laboratories related to studies in hydraulics, environmental engineering, engineering materials (including soils) and structural testing, as well as computational facilities. The Water Quality Center, the Transportation Research Center, and the Engineering Materials and Structural Testing Laboratory are associated with the department.

Visit the Department Web page for more detailed program information.

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • For international applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • For doctoral and all international applicants: GRE scores (General Test only).
  • The GRE is recommended for, and may be requested of, master’s applicants with undergraduate grade point averages less than 3.000 out of 4.000. (Required for doctoral and all international applicants)
  • For doctoral applicants only: a brief statement of purpose.
  • For doctoral applicants only: submission of any English-language publications authored by the applicant is optional, but strongly recommended; this includes any master’s thesis or essay that the applicant may have written.

Application Deadline

Rolling admission; this means you may apply any time before August 1 for fall term admissions (June 1 for international applicants) and December 15 for spring term admissions (October 15 for international applicants). These are the dates by which your applications must be complete, meaning that all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.

However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships), please be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School: Fall (August) Term: February 15, Spring (January) Term: November 15, Summer (May) Term: April 15.

Financial Aid

Merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.