Admission Requirements - CEE

The School of Engineering receives many more graduate applications than can be accommodated. Minimum requirements are as follows:


  • MS Applicants: A cummulative GPA of at least 3.0 during undergraduate study.
  • PhD applicants: Typically, a graduate GPA of at least 3.6.


The general portion of the GRE is required for all applicants. UCI does not require a minimum score on the GRE.


International applicants must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams. For the TOEFL exam, international applicants must obtain a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based Test (IBT) or 550 on the paper-based test (PBT). The requirement for the IELTS exam is an overall minimum score of 7 for admission, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module.  If an international applicant has obtained an advanced degree in the United States, this requirement may be waived. Please contact April Heath at: to confirm if this requirement can be waived.

University of California, Irvine, Office of the Registrar:

Financial Verification Requirement for International Applicants

International students must certify that they have support of approximately $47,657 for the first year of academic study to obtain a student visa. More information pertaining to this requirement is forwarded to international applicants upon acceptance. Because research and teaching assistantships are limited, they often are not awarded to graduate students until they have been enrolled for at least one quarter and have demonstrated excellent technical ability.

Financial Aid

The faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are actively involved with many research projects. Most employ graduate student researchers, who work closely with faculty on various research topics. Some of these positions provide financial assistance in the form of payment of fees, tuition, or a salary.  Assistance varies from project to project. Additionally, the Department employs a number of Teaching Assistants every quarter. Your application will be considered for scholarship/assistantship when you indicate accordingly on the application itself.

Please note that admission to the university is separate from an offer of financial aid. In other words, you should not expect any financial assistance from the department unless you are officially notified in writing of such an award by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, or by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Such letters usually do not accompany the admission letter itself, but are sent a short time after the admission letter.

Application Deadlines

The recommended deadline for fall applications is December 15, especially for candidates who wish to be considered also for financial support.The final deadline will be February 28.