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Department ofCivil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

Prospective Students

Master of Science in Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

To be considered for admission to the graduate program in civil, environmental, and sustainable engineering, an applicant must meet the following requirements:    

  • A bachelor's degree in civil, environmental, and sustainable engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)-accredited four-year program or its equivalent. 
  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 (based on a 4.0 maximum scale)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)-general test
  • For students whose native language is not English, Test of English as a Foreign (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) exam scores are required before applications are processed.
  • In very rare cases, applicants not meeting the above requirements may be given conditional acceptance in the M.S. program. A formal acceptance may then be given upon the successful completion of a defined course of studies.  

Applicants who have taken graduate-level courses at other institutions may qualify to transfer a maximum of 9 quarter units of approved credit to their graduate program at Santa Clara University.

Upon acceptance or conditional acceptance to the graduate program in civil engineering, a student will be required to select a graduate advisor (full-time faculty member) from within the Department of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering. The student's advisor will be responsible for approving the student's course of study. Any changes to a student's initial course of study must have the written approval of the student's advisor.

B.S./M.S. Dual Degree (SCU Undergrad Students Only)

The School of Engineering offers qualified Santa Clara University undergraduates the opportunity to earn both a bachelor of science and a master of science degree in five years.

    • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs
    • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.

 

Open University
  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.

 

Certificate
  • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee
  • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.

 

Master's Degree
    • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee
    • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral. For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
    • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, which must be sent directly to Engineering Graduate Programs by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Our institution code is 4851. For information on the GRE, please visit the website. Additionally, please send your PDF scores to gradengineer@scu.edu.

 

Engineer's Degree (Master's Degree required)
    • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee**
    • A 500-word statement of purpose emphasizing the applicant’s research interests and outlining the applicant’s professional and academic goals, which must be included with the online application
    • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral** For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
    • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be sent directly to Engineering Graduate Programs by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Our institution code is 4851. For further information on the GRE, please visit the website. Additionally, please send your PDF scores to gradengineer@scu.edu.
    • Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should attest to the applicant’s academic preparation and capability for advanced studies. (There are no standard recommendation forms.)

 

Ph.D.
    • A completed online Application for Admission to Engineering Graduate Programs, including a nonrefundable $90 application fee**
    • A 500-word statement of purpose emphasizing the applicant’s research interests and outlining the applicant’s professional and academic goals, which must be included with the online application
    • One official transcript from each academic institution attended, indicating the degree received and date of conferral** For U.S. transcripts, please request electronic transcripts to be sent to gradengineer@scu.edu. For international transcripts, please see Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students in the next box.
    • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be sent directly to Engineering Graduate Programs by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Our institution code is 4851. For further information on the GRE, please visit the website. Additionally, please send your PDF scores to gradengineer@scu.edu.
    • Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should attest to the applicant’s academic preparation and capability for advanced studies. (There are no standard recommendation forms.)

 

International Students, please see additional requirements in the next section.

**For prospective Ph.D students, a Master's degree is required; no conditional admission.

In addition to the requirements above...

English Proficiency
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English (even if the applicant is a U.S. citizen) or if you do not have a degree awarded by a U.S. university/college.
  • Minimum TOEFL score: IBT/79-80 or CBT: 213 (Institutional Code: 4851)
  • Minimum IELTS score: 6.5
International Degrees

All applicants who hold a degree from outside of the United States are required to have their official transcripts evaluated.

For WES evaluations (World Education Services) requires ICAP version course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S degree equivalency. WES will attach your transcripts to the evaluation report. You do not need to send us your international transcripts, WES will send these.

For ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) we require a detailed report which includes course-by-course, cumulative GPA, and U.S. degree equivalency. You must mail your official transcripts to SCU, Graduate Engineering Program, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.

There is no exception to this requirement. 

Visa Document Preparation Process

For more information on the F-1 Visa application process, please visit International Student Services

 
Fall Quarter 2021 (September 20, 2021 - December 3, 2021)

Application Deadline for the following programs: June 4, 2021

  • Master's Degree
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: June 11, 2021

  • Master's Degree
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Application Deadline for Engineer's Degree and Ph.D. Degree: March 5, 2021

Document Deadline for Engineer's Degree and Ph.D. Degree: March 26, 2021  

Only for those requesting an I-20 or F1 Visa (apply only during fall, winter or spring), otherwise follow regular applicant deadlines. (Please contact ISS at 408-554-3019 or email iss@scu.edu for questions regarding I-20, or visit their website at International Student Services.)

Winter Quarter 2021 (January 4, 2021-March 12, 2021)

Application Deadline for the following programs: September 4, 2020

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: October 1, 2020

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Spring Quarter 2021 (March 29, 2021-June 4, 2021)

Application Deadline for the following programs: January 8, 2021

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: January 22, 2021

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Fall Quarter 2020 (09/21/2020 - 12/11/2020) 

Application Deadline for the following programs: June 5, 2020

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Document Deadline for the following programs: June 12, 2020

  • Master's Degree
  • Engineer's Degree
  • Ph.D.
  • Certificate
  • Open University

Please see the following sites for additional requirements for all I-20 Visa requests:

For all other information please visit SCU's Global Engagement - International Students web page.

Please visit our Tuition & Fees page for the most current information. Please note that this link will take you away from this program page.

The graduate on-campus housing communities offer a variety of advantages for graduate students. Check out On-Campus Housing for more information.

For information regarding Student Health Services and Student Health Insurance, please visit SCU's Cowell Center.

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Contact Us

Chair: Aria Amirbahman
Vice Chair: Tonya Nilsson
Department Manager: Kendra Gonzalez

Department of Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Sobrato Discovery, Bldg. 402

(408) 554-4061