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Graduate Studies In Civil Engineering at Stony Brook
The Department of Civil Engineering offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosopy degrees as well as an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Civil Engineering.
Master of Science (M.S.)
The 30-credit Civil Engineering M.S. program consists of approved graduate coursework with a thesis or project option. Most students complete this degree in 3 semesters.
- The M.S. project option requires an independent project (up to 6 credits of CIV 596) with a focus on innovative analysis or design.
- The M.S. thesis option is a more in-depth and more formal product than a project and it is research oriented (registered as 9 credits of CIV 599).
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
The Civil Engineering Ph.D. program consists of approved graduate coursework and dissertation research. The main focus of the program is the research experience. A minimum of 24 graduate course credits beyond the M.S. degree are required.
The dissertation topic is dependent on the mutual research interests of the faculty adviser and the student. Please visit the department's research areas for more information
Advanced Graduate Certificate
This program is designed for working professionals or engineers from other disciplines interested in obtaining knowledge in civil engineering. This program is also a good fit for engineers looking to earn continuing professional development credits. To earn the advanced graduate certificate, 15 approved graduate credits are required.
As per Graduate School policy, 12 credits from the Advanced Certificate in Civil Engineering may be counted toward the M.S. degree in Civil Engineering.
Additional information and requirements for our graduate degrees and certificate in Civil Engineering can be found in our Graduate Bulletin. Interested applicants can also review our courses by going to the Civil Engineering Course Descriptions in the Graduate Bulletin.
To apply to a program in Civil Engineering, please review the application requirements section on this page.
More questions? Please contact:
Graduate Program Director: Ruwen Qin, Ruwen.Qin@stonybrook.edu
Acting Graduate Program Coordinator: Erin Giuliano, Erin.Giuliano@stonybrook.edu
Prospective students must submit their applications through the official application page of the Office of Graduate and Health Sciences Admissions. Applications submitted by any other means will not be accepted.
To be considered for admission to our graduate program, prospective domestic and international students must also submit all the required documents by all appropriate deadlines. In addition to the online application, applicants must submit the following:
a. A Statement of Purpose. Your statement should clearly indicate all areas of interest at the top; students are encouraged to check the research areas for our faculty.
b. An official report for the GRE test. *The official GRE is optional for admission to the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.
Official test score reports are forwarded to Stony Brook University by the testing institution directly. For the GRE, the official reports must be sent by ETS directly to Graduate Admissions for Stony Brook University (Code: 2548) and the Department of Civil Engineering (Code: 1102). Self-reported test scores are considered unofficial and will not be accepted.
c. Official transcripts, please see here for more details.
Scanned, web-printed, unsealed, or unsigned transcripts are not considered official transcripts and will not be accepted. Please send official transcripts directly to:Office of Graduate and Health Sciences AdmissionsHealth Sciences TowerLevel 2 - Room 271Stony Brook, NY 11794-8276
d. Three recommendation letters. All recommendation letters should be submitted via the online application system. If applicants or recommenders have trouble with the application system, please send an email to civil_engineering "at" stonybrook.edu.
e. For international students, an official report for an English proficiency test, i.e. TOEFL or IELTS . *The TOEFL or IELTS is still required for Spring 2023 and Fall 2023 admissions.
Official test score reports are forwarded to Stony Brook University by the testing institution directly. For the English Language exam, the official reports must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions for Stony Brook University (Code: 2548) and the Department of Civil Engineering (Code: 1102). Self-reported test scores are considered unofficial and will not be accepted.
Applications missing any one of the above required official documents will be considered incomplete.Please note: Students may start an on-line application to our Certificate, M.S. or Ph.D. program at any time, however, submitting an application must be done by the deadline to be considered for admissions to any of our programs.
For Fall admission:
* January 15 for full consideration for all students; and
* May 1 final deadline for international students; June 1 final deadline for domestic students.
For Spring admission:
* October 1 international student deadline and priority deadline for domestic students; and
* December 1 final deadline for domestic students
- Q - Can the application fee be waived?A - You may request a fee waiver from firstname.lastname@example.org, but very few waivers are given.Q - I uploaded my transcript, do I really have to send an official paper transcript?A - Yes, please. If you are admitted and then you accept the offer, the Admissions Office will not finalize our offer without your official transcripts. Then, you have to submit them slowing the whole process down. If you are serious about attending Stony Brook University as a graduate student, please submit official documents.Q - Can I submit unofficial test scores?A - Official test score reports must be forwarded to Stony Brook University by the testing institution directly. For the GRE, the official reports must be sent by ETS directly to Graduate Admissions for Stony Brook University (Code: 2548) and the Department of Civil Engineering (Code: 1102). Self-reported test scores are considered unofficial and will not be accepted.Q - I submitted my application after the first deadline, but before the final deadline. Will I still be eligible for a scholarship or fellowship?A - Possibly, but when you apply after the priority deadline, especially for fall admissions, we have already determined most Teaching Assistant awards and submitted names for other Graduate School Fellowships. Submitting your application after the priority deadline leaves you with fewer scholarship opportunities. You may still be admitted to graduate school, however.Q - Does the Civil Engineering application have any supplemental documents that need to be uploaded or submitted?A - Not at this time.