Fall Deadline December 15
Spring Deadline October 1
Summer Deadline This program does not admit in the summer.
GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Not required.
English Proficiency Test Every applicant whose native language is not English or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English must provide an English proficiency test score and meet the Graduate School minimum requirements (https://grad.wisc.edu/apply/requirements/#english-proficiency).
Other Test(s) (e.g. GMAT, MCAT) n/a
Letters of Recommendation Required 3

Applicants must first meet all of the requirements of the Graduate School. Please visit this website for details. 

Applicants must also meet department specific requirements as outlined below:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from an ABET-accredited engineering program or from a recognized international institution
  • Submit a 1,000 word or fewer statement of purpose; include your technical areas of interest, coursework emphasis, research experience, professional goals, faculty members you are interested in working with, and any other items relevant to your qualifications for graduate school
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 580 (written) or 92 (Internet version)

Please do not mail paper copies of application materials. Upload the required application materials to the electronic Graduate School application, including a PDF copy of the most current transcripts. Applicants who are recommended for admission by the CEE Admissions Committee, will receive an e-mail with further instructions from the CEE Graduate Admissions Office, requesting official transcripts or other required application material.

Applicants should monitor the application status by visiting the “Graduate Application Status” window within your MyUW portal (information on this is received after submitting an application). You may need to activate a NetID to gain access to the MyUW portal.

Graduate Application Status will remain “pending” until recommendations are determined.  All applicants will receive an e-mail from the CEE Graduate Admissions Team with more details once the admission committees have made decisions.

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and restrictions related to funding.

PROGRAM RESOURCES

Students in this program are not eligible for department funded opportunities in the form of teaching assistantship (TA), research assistantship (RA), or project assistantship (PA).

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Named Option Requirements

Mode of Instruction

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No Yes

Curricular Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement At least 50% of credits (15/30) applied toward the graduate degree credit requirement must be completed in graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide.
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.
Assessments and Examinations There are no degree-specific assessments and examinations outside of those given in individual courses.
Language Requirements n/a

Required Courses

This is a face to face, accelerated program:

  • Complete the program in one academic year (fall, spring, summer)
  • Courses may begin in the fall or spring semester

Core Courses:

  • At least 15 of the 30 credit hours must be taken within one curriculum path.1 Please see curriculum paths below
  • 21 of the 30 credit hours must be taken in CIV ENGR or G L E.
  • 15 of the 30 credit hours must be at the graduate level (50% attribute).

Professional Development:

Elective Courses:

  • Up to 2 credit hours of seminar. Please see seminar options listed below.
  • Additional electives beyond CIV ENGR 999, G L E 999, and/or seminar(s) may be taken based on your career interests and advisor approval.

Seminars

CIV ENGR 579 Seminar-Transportation Engineering1
CIV ENGR 669 Special Topics in Construction Engineering and Management1-4
G L E 900 Seminar1
CIV ENGR 909 Graduate Seminar - Environmental Chemistry & Technology1
CIV ENGR 919 Seminar-Hydraulic Engineering and Fluid Mechanics1
CIV ENGR 929 Seminar-Environmental Engineering1
CIV ENGR 939 Geotechnical Engineering Seminar1
CIV ENGR 949 Seminar-Structural Engineering1

Curriculum Paths:

Construction Engineering and Management1

CIV ENGR 392 Building Information Modeling (BIM)3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  430 Introduction to Slope Stability and Earth Retention1
CIV ENGR/​G L E  432 Introduction to Shallow and Deep Foundation Systems1
CIV ENGR/​G L E  434 Introduction to Underground Openings Engineering1
CIV ENGR 445 Steel Structures I3
CIV ENGR 447 Concrete Structures I3
CIV ENGR 451 Architectural Design3
CIV ENGR 491 Legal Aspects of Engineering3
CIV ENGR 492 Integrated Project Estimating and Scheduling3
CIV ENGR 494 Civil and Environmental Engineering Decision Making3
CIV ENGR 496 Electrical Systems for Construction3
CIV ENGR 497 Mechanical Systems for Construction3
CIV ENGR 498 Construction Project Management3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  532 Foundations3
CIV ENGR 545 Steel Structures II3
CIV ENGR 547 Concrete Structures II3
CIV ENGR 575 Advanced Highway Materials and Construction3
CIV ENGR 576 Advanced Pavement Design3
CIV ENGR 649 Special Topics in Structural Engineering1-3
CIV ENGR 669 Special Topics in Construction Engineering and Management1-4

Environmental Science and Engineering1

CIV ENGR 410 Hydraulic Engineering3
CIV ENGR 411 Open Channel Hydraulics3
CIV ENGR 412 Groundwater Hydraulics3
CIV ENGR 414 Hydrologic Design3
CIV ENGR 415 Hydrology3
CIV ENGR 416 Water Resources Systems Analysis3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  421 Environmental Sustainability Engineering3
CIV ENGR 423 Air Pollution Effects, Measurement and Control3
CIV ENGR 426 Design of Wastewater Treatment Plants3
CIV ENGR 427 Solid and Hazardous Wastes Engineering3
CIV ENGR 428 Water Treatment Plant Design3
CIV ENGR 429 Environmental Systems Optimization3
CIV ENGR 494 Civil and Environmental Engineering Decision Making3
CIV ENGR 500 Water Chemistry3
CIV ENGR 501 Water Analysis-Intermediate3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  511 Mixing and Transport in the Environment3
CIV ENGR 514 Coastal Engineering2-3
CIV ENGR 515 Hydroclimatology for Water Resources Management3
CIV ENGR 522 Hazardous Waste Management3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  530 Seepage and Slopes3
CIV ENGR 609 Special Topics in Water Chemistry1-3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  612 Ecohydrology3
CIV ENGR 618 Special Topics in Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics1-3
CIV ENGR 619 Special Topics in Hydrology1-3
CIV ENGR 629 Special Topics in Environmental Engineering1-3
CIV ENGR/​M&ENVTOX/​SOIL SCI  631 Toxicants in the Environment: Sources, Distribution, Fate, & Effects3
CIV ENGR 700 Chemistry of Natural Waters3
CIV ENGR/​ATM OCN  701 The Chemistry of Air Pollution2
CIV ENGR 703 Environmental Geochemistry3
CIV ENGR 704 Environmental Chemical Kinetics3
CIV ENGR 716 Statistical Modelling of Hydrologic Systems3
CIV ENGR 721 Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering3
CIV ENGR 722 Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering3
CIV ENGR 723 Energy Principles of Environmental Engineering3
CIV ENGR 729 Environmental Sustainability Tools3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  732 Unsaturated Soil Geoengineering3
CIV ENGR 820 Hydraulics and Applied Fluid Mechanics for Environmental Engineers3
CIV ENGR 821 Environmental Engineering: Biological Treatment Processes3-4
CIV ENGR 822 Environmental Engineering: Physical/Chemical Treatment Process3-4
CIV ENGR 823 Environmental Engineering Design Project3

Geological/Geotechnical Engineering1

G L E 401 Special Topics in Geological Engineering1-3
CIV ENGR 411 Open Channel Hydraulics3
CIV ENGR 414 Hydrologic Design3
CIV ENGR 427 Solid and Hazardous Wastes Engineering3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  430 Introduction to Slope Stability and Earth Retention1
CIV ENGR/​G L E  432 Introduction to Shallow and Deep Foundation Systems1
CIV ENGR/​G L E  434 Introduction to Underground Openings Engineering1
G L E/​CIV ENGR/​GEOSCI/​M S & E  474 Rock Mechanics3
CIV ENGR 514 Coastal Engineering2-3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  530 Seepage and Slopes3
G L E/​CIV ENGR  532 Foundations3
G L E/​GEOSCI  537 Quantitative Methods for Geoscience3
CIV ENGR 575 Advanced Highway Materials and Construction3
CIV ENGR 576 Advanced Pavement Design3
G L E/​GEOSCI  594 Introduction to Applied Geophysics3
G L E/​GEOSCI  595 Field Methods in Applied and Engineering Geophysics1
G L E/​GEOSCI  627 Hydrogeology3-4
G L E/​GEOSCI  629 Contaminant Hydrogeology3
G L E/​CIV ENGR  635 Remediation Geotechnics3
GEOSCI 720 Glaciology3
G L E/​GEOSCI  724 Groundwater Flow Modeling3
G L E/​CIV ENGR  730 Engineering Properties of Soils3
G L E/​CIV ENGR  732 Unsaturated Soil Geoengineering3
G L E/​CIV ENGR  733 Physicochemical Basis of Soil Behavior3
G L E/​CIV ENGR  735 Soil Dynamics3
CIV ENGR 744 Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering4
G L E/​GEOSCI  747 Tectonophysics3
GEOSCI 755 Advanced Structural Geology3
G L E/​GEOSCI  757 Advanced Rock Mechanics3
GEOSCI 758 Mechanics of Earthquakes and Faulting3
G L E 801 Special Topics in Geological Engineering1-3

Structural Engineering1

E M A 405 Practicum in Finite Elements3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  430 Introduction to Slope Stability and Earth Retention1
CIV ENGR/​G L E  432 Introduction to Shallow and Deep Foundation Systems1
CIV ENGR/​G L E  434 Introduction to Underground Openings Engineering1
CIV ENGR 440 Structural Analysis II 23
CIV ENGR 491 Legal Aspects of Engineering3
CIV ENGR 498 Construction Project Management3
E M A 506 Advanced Mechanics of Materials I3
CIV ENGR/​E M A/​M E  508 Composite Materials3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  532 Foundations3
CIV ENGR 545 Steel Structures II 23
CIV ENGR 547 Concrete Structures II 23
E M A 605 Introduction to Finite Elements3
CIV ENGR 649 Special Topics in Structural Engineering1-3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  730 Engineering Properties of Soils3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  735 Soil Dynamics3
CIV ENGR 744 Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering4
CIV ENGR 749 Special Topics in Structural Engineering1-4

 Transportation Engineering1

PSYCH/​I SY E  349 Introduction to Human Factors3
CIV ENGR 370 Transportation Engineering3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  421 Environmental Sustainability Engineering3
CIV ENGR 491 Legal Aspects of Engineering3
CIV ENGR 494 Civil and Environmental Engineering Decision Making3
CIV ENGR 571 Urban Transportation Planning3
CIV ENGR 572 Transportation Operations3
CIV ENGR 573 Geometric Design of Transport Facilities3
CIV ENGR 574 Traffic Control3
CIV ENGR 575 Advanced Highway Materials and Construction3
CIV ENGR 576 Advanced Pavement Design3
CIV ENGR 577 Traffic Flow Theory3
CIV ENGR 678 Advanced Traffic Modeling and Computer Simulation3
CIV ENGR 679 Special Topics in Transportation and City Planning3
CIV ENGR/​PUB AFFR  694 Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems3

Water Resources1

CIV ENGR 410 Hydraulic Engineering3
CIV ENGR 411 Open Channel Hydraulics3
CIV ENGR 412 Groundwater Hydraulics3
CIV ENGR 414 Hydrologic Design3
CIV ENGR 415 Hydrology3
CIV ENGR 416 Water Resources Systems Analysis3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  421 Environmental Sustainability Engineering3
CIV ENGR 423 Air Pollution Effects, Measurement and Control3
CIV ENGR 426 Design of Wastewater Treatment Plants3
CIV ENGR 427 Solid and Hazardous Wastes Engineering3
CIV ENGR 428 Water Treatment Plant Design3
CIV ENGR 429 Environmental Systems Optimization3
CIV ENGR 494 Civil and Environmental Engineering Decision Making3
CIV ENGR 500 Water Chemistry3
CIV ENGR 501 Water Analysis-Intermediate3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  511 Mixing and Transport in the Environment3
CIV ENGR 514 Coastal Engineering2-3
CIV ENGR 515 Hydroclimatology for Water Resources Management3
CIV ENGR 522 Hazardous Waste Management3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  530 Seepage and Slopes3
CIV ENGR 609 Special Topics in Water Chemistry1-3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  612 Ecohydrology3
CIV ENGR 618 Special Topics in Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics1-3
CIV ENGR 619 Special Topics in Hydrology1-3
CIV ENGR 629 Special Topics in Environmental Engineering1-3
CIV ENGR/​M&ENVTOX/​SOIL SCI  631 Toxicants in the Environment: Sources, Distribution, Fate, & Effects3
CIV ENGR 700 Chemistry of Natural Waters3
CIV ENGR/​ATM OCN  701 The Chemistry of Air Pollution2
CIV ENGR 703 Environmental Geochemistry3
CIV ENGR 704 Environmental Chemical Kinetics3
CIV ENGR 716 Statistical Modelling of Hydrologic Systems3
CIV ENGR 721 Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering3
CIV ENGR 722 Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering3
CIV ENGR 723 Energy Principles of Environmental Engineering3
CIV ENGR 729 Environmental Sustainability Tools3
CIV ENGR/​G L E  732 Unsaturated Soil Geoengineering3
CIV ENGR 820 Hydraulics and Applied Fluid Mechanics for Environmental Engineers3
CIV ENGR 821 Environmental Engineering: Biological Treatment Processes3-4
CIV ENGR 822 Environmental Engineering: Physical/Chemical Treatment Process3-4
CIV ENGR 823 Environmental Engineering Design Project3

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

NAMED OPTION-SPECIFIC POLICIES

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

Up to 14 credits of relevant graduate coursework (earned post-baccalaureate) from another institution may count towards fulfillment of the graduate curriculum, if approved by the department. The first 9 credits of approved graduate coursework may count towards elective coursework. If applicable, any remaining prior coursework (beyond 9 credits) may count towards 5 of the 21 CEE /GLE credits, if approved by the faculty advisor. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission term (start of instruction date) to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

300 level or above from the undergraduate coursework completed at UW–Madison may count toward for up to 7 credits of the 30-credit requirement as approved by the advisor. However, this work would not be allowed to count toward the 50% graduate coursework minimum unless taken at the 700 level or above. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission term (start of instruction date) to a master’s degree  is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison University Special 

With program approval, students are allowed to count up to 15 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison special student toward the Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement, and the Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement; those courses numbered 700 or above may be applied toward the Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Probation

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

In many cases, an advisor is assigned to incoming students. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies.

A committee often accomplishes advising for the students in the early stages of their studies.

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

15 credits

Time Constraints

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS

These resources may be helpful in addressing your concerns:

CEE Grievance Procedures

Students who feel that they have been treated unfairly have the right to a prompt hearing of their grievance. Such complaints may involve course grades, classroom treatment, advising, various forms of harassment, or other issues. Any student or potential student may use these procedures.

• The student should speak first with the person toward whom the grievance is directed. In most cases, grievances can be resolved at this level. 

• Should a satisfactory resolution not be achieved, the student should contact the program’s Grievance Advisor to discuss the grievance. Currently, the CEE Grievance Advisors are:

Christina Remucal, Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Programs
remucal@wisc.edu 141 WSEL Phone: (608) 262-1820 

William Likos, Professor and CEE Department Chair
likos@wisc.edu 2205 Engineering Hall Phone: (608) 890-2662 

If the student prefers to talk with someone outside of the CEE department, contact:
Chris Brace, Assistant Dean

The Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs (engr-dean-graduateaffairs@engr.wisc.edu) provides overall leadership for graduate education in the College of Engineering (CoE), and is a point of contact for graduate students who have concerns about education, mentoring, research, or other difficulties. 

• The Grievance Advisor is responsible for facilitating any complaints or issues of students. The Grievance Advisor first attempts to help students informally address the grievance prior to any formal complaint. Students are also encouraged to talk with their faculty advisors regarding concerns or difficulties if necessary. University resources for sexual harassment concerns can be found on the UW Office of Compliance website and are included in the next section. 

• If the issue is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction the student can submit the grievance to the Grievance Advisor in writing, within 60 calendar days of the alleged unfair treatment. 

• On receipt of a written complaint, a faculty committee will be convened by the Grievance Advisor to manage the grievance. The program faculty committee will obtain a written response from the person toward whom the complaint is directed. This response will be shared with the person filing the grievance. 

• The faculty committee will determine a decision regarding the grievance. The Grievance Advisor will report on the action taken by the committee in writing to both the student and the party toward whom the complaint was directed within 15 working days from the date the complaint was received. 

• At this point, if either party (the student or the person toward whom the grievance is directed) is unsatisfied with the decision of the faculty committee, the party may file a written appeal. Either party has 10 working days to file a written appeal to the College. 

• Documentation of the grievance will be stored for at least 7 years. Significant grievances that set a precedent will be stored indefinitely.

The Graduate School has established policies governing student conduct, academic dishonesty, and sexual and racial harassment. The Graduate School also has procedures for students wishing to appeal a grievance decision made at the college level. These policies are described in the Academic Guidelines.

Other

Students in the accelerated MS named options are not eligible for department funded opportunities.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty: Professors Likos (chair), Ahn, Bahia, Cramer, Hanna, Harrington, Hurley, Loheide, McMahon, Noguera, Noyce, Park, Parra-Montesinos, Ran, Russell, Schauer, Wu; Associate Professors Block, Fratta, Ginder-Vogel, Pincheira, Remucal, Tinjum; Assistant Professors Blum, Hampton, Hicks, Prabhakar, Pujara, Qin, Sone, Wang, Wei, Wright, Zhu; M.Eng Program Director Carlson. See also CEE faculty.

Geological Engineering Faculty: Professors Tinjum (director) (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Feigl (Geoscience), Goodwin (Geoscience), Holloway (Nelson Institute), Likos (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Loheide (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Thurber (Geoscience), Tikoff (Geoscience), Wu (Civil and Environmental Engineering); Associate Professors Cardiff (Geoscience), Fratta (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Ginder-Vogel (Civil and Environmental Engineering); Assistant Professors  Hampton (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Hicks (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Sone (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Zoet (Geoscience); Professor of Practice Pakes (Grainger). See also GLE faculty.

Environmental Chemistry and Technology: Professors Hurley (director) (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Bertram (Chemistry), Bleam (Soil Science), Harrington (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Karthikeyan (Biological Systems Engineering), McMahon (Civil and Environmental Engineering/Bacteriology), Roden (Geoscience), Root (Chemical and Biological Engineering), Schauer (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Thompson (Biological Systems Engineering); Associate Professors Ginder-Vogel (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Remucal (Civil and Environmental Engineering); Assistant Professors Anantharaman (Bacteriology), Majumder (Bacteriology), Qin (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Wei (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Whitman (Soil Science). See also ECT Faculty.