Graduate Academics  

All graduate students must meet the minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School and be accepted into the departmental program. All prospective students should thus study the admission requirements of the Graduate School as given in detail on the Graduate School website  and in the current Graduate Bulletin. The salient requirements are quoted below, and additional departmental rules as to acceptance into the graduate program are given.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Students who desire to obtain a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in civil engineering are normally expected to hold bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from an accredited program. The current guidelines for admission to graduate study in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are given in the following table. These requirements are the recommendations set by the Department. In making decisions on an application, individual departmental discipline groups can modify these requirements based on their evaluation of the application.

Type of Admission GPA GRE


>= 3.00





Application Deadlines & Processing Fees 

  Fee Fall Spring
U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens $50 June 30 November 15
International Students $70 April 15 October 1
Non-Degree Students   June 30 November 15 

International Applicants

International students whose native language is not English and who do not have a graduate degree from a US university must also submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. The minimum requirements are as follows: 


Minimum 550 (Paper-based) Minimum 213 (Computer-based) Minimum 79 (Internet-based)


Minimum 6.5

Students with bachelor’s degrees from accredited programs in science or in an engineering discipline other than civil may pursue the interdisciplinary Masters and Ph.D. programs in the College of Engineering (through the Engineering Science program) or plan to make up deficiencies by taking articulation courses that may be required by the Department, for which credit toward a graduate degree will not be given. Credit will be given for any of the articulation courses completed by the applicant prior to admission into the graduate program. The Ph.D. in Civil Engineering program may require additional articulation courses of applicants with a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in civil engineering. Completion of a graduate degree in civil engineering may not necessarily satisfy the eligibility requirements for professional engineering registration.

Admission Procedure

All applicants should apply online at Paper applications are no longer accepted. All applications require an application fee. This fee is mandatory and cannot be waived. Once you have submitted your application and application fee to the Graduate School, the following items should be mailed directly to the Graduate School:

  • One official transcript from each college or university attended (including summer only work, and even if work appears on another institution's transcript). International applicants should include degree statements and an English translation of each foreign document.
  • Request ETS to submit official GRE and TOEFL (international applicants only) scores directly to the LSU Graduate School. The institution code is 6373. The department code is not required.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation on official university/company letterhead. Please note that these letters can be uploaded by the references (those writing the letter) directly through the application website. See instructions and submission options explained on the application.
  • Any other documents you wish to submit. You may also submit other documents that you feel would be of interest to those reviewing your application. For example, applicants often submit a resume (or CV) with their documents.
  • (A writing sample is NOT required by our graduate program but you are more than welcomed to submit a writing sample if you prefer. Again, it is not required.)

If necessary, these items can be mailed to the following address:

Graduate Admissions
Louisiana State University
114 West David Boyd Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803 USA


  • Prior to registration for the first time (or upon re-entering), a new student should first meet with their assigned faculty advisor. If you do not know your assigned faculty advisor, you may email the Graduate Programs Coordinator, Madison Lane, at and she will provide you with your faculty advisor's name and contact information. When meeting with your faculty advisor, they will assist you in building your class schedule and also answer any questions that you may have. If your assigned faculty advisor is not available, you may email the Graduate Program Coordinator at to schedule an appointment with the Graduate Program Advisor.
  • After meeting with your assigned faculty advisor, new students should meet with the Graduate Program Coordinator. The Graduate Program Coordinator will provide new students with helpful information and necessary forms. The temporary advisor, together with the student, will plan and approve a schedule for the first semester, and subsequently for the second semester. The student will seek a permanent advisor during the first semester.
  • All full time students must enroll in the CE 7750 Seminar Course (1 credit hour). This is mandatory for all students, every semester (excluding summer). Part time students are excluded from this requirement, the only exception being their semester prior to graduation at which time part-time students should register for the seminar course. If you have a scheduling conflict that does not allow you to register for the CE 7750 Seminar Course, please discuss this issue immediately with your assigned faculty advisor.
  • All graduate students are strongly encouraged to follow their program checklist. These checklists are provided as a courtesy. When meeting with your faculty advisor, please bring your program checklist. This will aid both you and your advisor during the advisement process. The checklists can be found on the forms page
  • All students are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with our Graduate Program Handbook