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Doctor of Philosophy- Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Ph.D. Program Degree Requirements

Admission Requirements

A MS degree from a program in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other engineering discipline is required for admission. Applicants with both BS and MS degrees in disciplines other than engineering may be required to demonstrate proficiency through additional undergraduate coursework as determined by the departmental Graduate Committee. This may comprise an additional semester of study for which graduate credit cannot be granted.

No minimum grade point average is required for admission. However, a superior record of academic achievement is expected of all applicants.

The following are minimum requirements:
  • 90 credit hours beyond the B.S.
  • 39 credit hours of coursework
  • 15 credit hours in the major field
  • Nine credit hours in the minor field
  • Six credit hours from a department other than the one in which the student is housed (Courses double-listed in CE and another department do not count in these six credit hours.)
  • A maximum of 30 credit hours transfer credit (grade of B or better).
  • All work must be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure is completed.
  • All students must pass a group of core courses in one of the following specialty areas: Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources Engineering.

Core courses required for specialty areas can be found here.

* Self-paying students may receive a tuition scholarship for up to 40% of the tuition for which the student has registered. The Graduate School, upon recommendation by the Department, provides this scholarship. Full-time Ph.D. students may receive four credits of support for three semesters. These merit awards require up to six hours of departmental work per week.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Clarkson University
PO Box 5710
Potsdam, NY 13699-5710
Phone: 315-268-7701       
Fax: 315-268-7985/7636