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The department welcomes applications for the Master’s and Doctoral programs.  Review of applications for fall enrollment begins immediately following the application deadline at the beginning of January.  Review of applications for winter enrollment occurs in the early fall. Applicants missing relevant application deadlines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The deadline for applying for fall semester is January 2nd, and the deadline for spring semester is October 1st. All applications are processed through the UMass Graduate School.

Application Materials

  • Application Form and Fee: All applications materials and fees are processed through the UMass Graduate School. Use this link to apply online
  • Statement of Purpose: This statement should illustrate your academic background and experiences and explain why you would excel in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • Transcript: One official transcript of all previous college work (Undergraduate and Graduate) is required at the time of application. Transcripts should be sent directly to the UMass Graduate School. A final transcript showing that a bachelor's degree has been awarded must be received before the applicant can enroll in a program.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Please provide two letters of recommendation. Although many applicants choose to provide letters of recommendation from those in the proposed field of study, this is not a requirement. Recommendations should come from individuals who can speak to the quality of your academic and/or professional background.
  • GRE's: The GRE requirement is waived and not required for Spring 2022 and Fall 2022.
  • TOEFL: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Students with a degree from a U.S. College or University do not need to provide a TOEFL score. A TOEFL score is valid for two years from the expected entrance date. For information on minimum scores, and other procedures for international applicants, please visit the Graduate School website.

Test Reporting: The code for reporting test scores (GRE and TOEFL) to the University of Massachusetts Amherst is 3917.

Financial Aid

All applicants are considered for financial aid, no separate forms are required. Financial aid is offered through research and teaching assistantships and fellowships. The exact number of these awards is subject to change depending upon renewal of grants, available Departmental support, and other factors. Assistantships provide a stipend plus tuition credits. The amount of the stipend depends on the type of research or teaching assistantship, the funding source, the degree being pursued and the student's experience and background. Some program areas (e.g., EWRE) have additional assistantship information on their websites.

Contact Information

General questions, contact:

Jodi Ozdarski, Voice: (413) 545-0686, E-mail: ozdarski@acad.umass.edu

Specific program area questions, contact:

Colin Gleason, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program
Voice: (413) 545-2681, E-mail: cjgleason@umass.edu 
Before contacting Dr. Gleason, please consult the EWRE page on Admissions and FAQs

Sanjay Arwade, Structural Engineering and Mechanics Program
Voice: (413) 577-0926 , E-mail: arwade@umass.edu 

Carl Ho, Geotechnical Engineering Program
Voice: (413) 545-9703, E-mail: ho@ecs.umass.edu

Daiheng Ni, Transportation Engineering Program
Voice: (413) 545-9569, E-mail: ni@ecs.umass.edu