Graduate Admissions

Thanks for your interest in the Civil & Environmental Program at UNLV.

The UNLV Graduate College is in charge of all applications processing and evaluation. You should follow the UNLV Graduate College procedures. You may also apply for assistantship, which is separate from the application for admission to our graduate program. Applications for assistantship are evaluated separately from applications for admission. Offers of teaching assistantships (TAs) are made by the department chair and depend upon availability of funds and merit. Research assistantships (RAs) are offered by faculty who have funded research projects. Admission to the graduate program does not mean that an assistantship will be offered by default.

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Applicants should notice that some documents must be mailed to the Graduate College while others must be mailed to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as outlined below. It is imperative that the documentation is sent to the appropriate location to aid fast processing of the application.


  1. One official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Only transcripts sent directly from the institution are considered.
  2. Letters of recommendation (two for M.S. and three for Ph.D. applicants).
  3. One-page statement indicating the reasons why you wish to earn a M.S. or Ph.D. degree.
  4. GRE General test scores taken in the last five years (combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of at least 300 on the new test and GRE analytical writing score of at least 3 - or 1000 on all GRE exams taken before August 2011).


  1. A complete application form and a non-refundable fee.
  2. One official transcript of each post-secondary institution attended. International students must submit official copies of transcripts translated in English. Only transcripts sent directly from the institution to the UNLV Graduate College are considered.
  3. Official TOEFL or Michigan Test Scores (only if English is not native language) taken in the last two years or bachelor degree is from an English speaking country).
  4. High School Leaving Certificate (for international students only)

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Graduate College Deadlines

  • Spring Semester: August 30 for international students and November 15 for domestic students
  • Fall Semester: March 15 for international students and June 15 for domestic students

Additional Useful Information Regarding Admission

The process of admission to the civil and environmental engineering graduate program (MSE and PhD) and the deadlines are described in the Graduate Catalog (available on the website) in the section on Civil and Environmental Engineering. Please follow the process for proper and timely evaluation of your application for admission. No potential applicant is evaluated based on resume (CV) or email communications. The application process identified in the Graduate Catalog is the only route to be evaluated and considered for admission.

Graduate College Admissions