The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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How to Apply

The department welcomes applications for the Master's program from individuals with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or other related fields. Applicants to the Ph.D program should hold an M.S. in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or other related field. Applications are reviewed when all materials are received by the graduate school.

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 2021 and Fall 2021.
  • 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:

Specific program area questions, contact:

Casey Brown, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program
Voice: (413) 577-2337, E-mail:
Before contacting Dr. Brown, please consult the EWRE page on Admissions and FAQs

Sanjay Arwade, Structural Engineering and Mechanics Program
Voice: (413) 577-0926 , E-mail: 

Carl Ho, Geotechnical Engineering Program
Voice: (413) 545-9703, E-mail:

Daiheng Ni, Transportation Engineering Program
Voice: (413) 545-9569, E-mail: