Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate degrees offered
- M.S.; Ph.D.
A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.Specializations
- Environmental Engineering
- Geotechnical Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Transportation Engineering
- Water Resources Engineering
- *Water Resources Planning and Management
Application checklist and deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (see transcript upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you expect to hold an F or J visa: financial resource information
See also: steps to admission.
Required by Civil Engineering in GAMES
After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:
- Entrance exam(s):
- Ph.D. Applicants: GRE
- M.S. Applicants: GRE (strongly recommended)
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
- Three letters of recommendation
- Resume or curriculum vitae (Ph.D. only)
- Statement of purpose (Required for Ph.D. and strongly recommended for M.S.)
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Civil Engineering
|For financial consideration||Fall: February 1 Spring: September 1 Summer: February 1|
|International students||Application for Fall admission strongly encouraged.|
|Otherwise||Rolling admissions; contact department for information.|
The Civil Engineering Department offers graduate programs on both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska at Omaha campuses. The campuses are approximately 50 miles apart. Facilities include materials and geotechnical labs, environmental and transportation labs, and the famous vehicle crash testing facility at the Lincoln Airport. The structures laboratory is equipped to do gravity load, seismic excitation, and wind loading testing of full scale specimens, from bridges and buildings.
Many research opportunities are available depending on the individual interests of faculty and students. Projects include ultra high-performance concrete, self-consolidating concrete, innovative high strength concrete and steel bridge systems, composite materials and energy efficient composite structures, hydrologic effects of global climate change, hydraulic modeling, GIS and watershed management, alternate fuels, water quality, remediation of hazardous wastes, fate and transport of emerging contaminants, risk assessment, pollution prevention, green technology, highway geometric design and safety, intelligent transportation systems, traffic simulation using hardware-in-the-loop simulation, highway-railroad grade crossings, safety aspects of highway design with a unique full scale crash testing facility, risk analysis and reliability of structures, design code calibration, field testing of bridges, pavement engineering, advanced modeling of geomaterials, and application of fuzzy set theories.
When applying, students should indicate interest in one or more of the above areas of study. Minors may be selected from related civil engineering areas and other related departments.
Courses and MoreStudents in Civil Engineering are most likely to take courses in:Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.
Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.
Faculty and research
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