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Prospective Students

Areas of Specialization

The Department of CCEE at SDSU offers the following areas of specialization within the MS program in Civil Engineering:

  • Construction Engineering,
  • Geotechnical Engineering,
  • Structural Engineering,
  • Transportation Engineering, and
  • Water Resources Engineering.

The Department also offers an MS degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering.

Admission Criteria to the MS program

  1. To be considered for admission to the MS program, a graduate applicant must meet the minimum SDSU eligibility requirements listed in the Graduate Bulletin as well as the CCEE requirements. Admission to MS program at CCEE primarily depends on GPA and GRE scores. Mminimum GPA is 2.85 for US students, and 3.0 for international students. TOEFL requirements are imposed by the University, and the minimum score is 80 for the TOEFL internet based score or 6.5 for the IELTS. We use GRE as a floating criterion; the minimum varies from year to year. We expect higher GRE if GPA is near the minimum, and vice versa. The minimum required combined GRE score, based on the new GRE scale, will likely be around 305.

  2. The MS admission criteria for students with Bachelor of Science degrees in CCEE and those with non-CCEE degrees are the same, primarily depending on GRE and GPA. However, applicants with non-CCEE degrees are always admitted "Conditionally" since they are required to clear undergraduate CCEE courses as prerequisites. The list of these undergraduate courses that need to be taken by such conditionally admitted students are determined by the CCEE Graduate Advisor after admission, and after reviewing the students' transcripts. Students with undergraduate courses similar to CCEE are likely required fewer makeups than those with undergraduate degrees less related to CCEE.

  3. Please note that meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to the MS program.

MS Application Process

  1. Prospective students are encouraged to create a personalized web page specific to thier needs by filling in specific interests at MyGAP page.

  2. Propsective students are also encoraged to check the SDSU Graduate Admissions website for graduate admission requirements, steps to apply, graduate degree programs, all deadlines, etc.

  3. Apply electronically to the CSU via the CSU mentor. When applying, a prospective student should choose one of the five areas of specialization within the Civil Engineering stream (Construction, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation, or Water Resources Engineering) or the concentration area in Environmnetal Engineering.

  4. After submitting application via CSU mentor, applicant should send official transcripts, proof of degree, and other required documents. Please check the SDSU Graduate Affairs website for all deadlines. Applicants may send three recommendation letters to:

    Attn: MS Graduate Advisor
    Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
    San Diego State University
    San Diego CA 92182

    Recommendation letters are recommended but not required.

  5. A personal statement of graduate program goal, with relevant background information and explanation detailing why one should be admitted to the MS program, may also help students with near-minimum GPAs and GREs, but it is not required. If submitted, the letter should not exceed one page, and a hardcopy should be mailed to the same address as above.

  6. Application package is screened for completion by SDSU Graduate Affairs.

  7. Files considered complete are sent to the Department for review.

  8. The Department reviews the students~ files and sends them back to SDSU Graduate Affairs with its recommendations to accept, conditionally accept, or reject the candidate.

  9. The SDSU Webportal is populated or updated, and the student receives an acceptance or rejection letter.

  10. The applicant must respond to the offer of admission by a deadline set by SDSU Graduate Affairs and indicate their intent to enroll. Failure to respond by the deadline may result in rescinding the admission offer.

Conditional Admittance

A student may be admitted conditionally for two reasons:

  1. If an applicant holds a non-CCEE undergraduate degree. Such students are required to clear undergraduate CCEE courses as prerequisites. The list of these undergraduate courses that need to be taken by such conditionally admitted students are determined by the Department graduate advisor after reviewing the student's transcript, once admitted - not before.

  2. If a student GPA is very slightly below the minimum required, 2.85 for US students and 3.0 for international students, but the student has reasonably high GPA. In this case the student has to keep B or better grades in all 600 level courses during the first semester.

International Applicants

Please note the following:

  1. All prospective students admission inquiries should be sent to International Admissions at

  2. The Financial Statement Form required of foreign applicants is available online at

  3. Prospective international students visiting campus can meet with a designated person helping international students during regular office hours at the Prospective Student Center. (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm).

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