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Online MS in Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering


Application Dates and Deadlines

Applicants for the online Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering can apply to begin the program in any quarter. There are four application deadlines each year.

Quarter Deadline
Autumn July 1
Winter November 1
Spring February 1
Summer May 1

Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent from a foreign institution
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last graded 60 semester credits or 90 graded quarter credits
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English

Required Application Materials

  • UW Graduate School online application and fee
  • Unofficial transcripts from every college or university attended
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if English is not your native language)

Application Steps

To apply to the Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering, submit your application materials online through the UW Graduate School website. We recommend you begin your application early in order to complete all requirements on time.

Step One: Prepare to Apply

Get transcripts from each college or university you’ve attended. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies.

Write your statement of purpose. This statement should provide information about you not found in transcripts and other official documents. Describe your degree and career objectives, and how participation in this graduate program will help achieve them. 

Identify two people who can recommend you to the program. Good recommenders include current or former employers, supervisors or teachers. Make sure you choose people who can judge your capacity to undertake graduate studies in civil engineering. You’ll submit their email addresses on your application; they will be sent electronic recommendation forms to complete online.

Step Two: Apply

Start your online application to the UW Graduate School. You can save your application and come back to it at any time to continue working on it.

Upload all required documents.

Pay the nonrefundable application fee.

Graduate Non-Matriculated Students

If you aren't sure that you want to pursue the full degree, you might consider enrolling as a graduate nonmatriculated student. Although GNM student status does not guarantee admission to the the Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering program, you can apply up to 12 credits toward degree requirements if you are later accepted for the degree.

To apply for GNM status, you must follow the same procedures noted above and apply online to the UW Graduate School by the program application deadline.

International Students

Because this program is completely online, no visa is required and international students are welcome to apply.

International applicants must meet all admission requirements for the program. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. The UW Graduate School’s Policy 3.2 describes several ways to do this. Test scores must be sent directly to the UW by the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854. Only scores less than two years old will be accepted.