Civil Engineering, PhD
The Civil Engineering Department offers graduate programs on both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Omaha campuses.
Facilities include materials and geotechnical labs, environmental and transportation labs, and the famous vehicle crash testing facility at the Lincoln Airport. The structures laboratory is equipped to do gravity load, seismic excitation, and wind loading testing of full scale specimens, from bridges and buildings.
Many research opportunities are available depending on the individual interests of faculty and students. Projects include ultra-high-performance concrete, self-consolidating concrete, innovative high strength concrete and steel bridge systems, composite materials and energy-efficient composite structures, hydrologic effects of global climate change, hydraulic modeling, GIS and watershed management, alternative fuels, water quality, remediation of hazardous wastes, fate and transport of emerging contaminants, risk assessment, pollution prevention, green technology, highway geometric design and safety, intelligent transportation systems, traffic simulation using hardware-in-the-loop simulation, highway-railroad grade crossings, safety aspects of highway design with a unique full scale crash testing facility, risk analysis and reliability of structures, design code calibration, field testing of bridges, pavement engineering, advanced modeling of geomaterials, and application of fuzzy set theories.
When applying, students should indicate interest in one or more of the above areas of study. Minors may be selected from related civil engineering areas and other related departments.
Geotechnical and Materials Engineering
Water Resources Engineering
Water Resources Planning and Management
Graduate Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- One set of transcripts.
- If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
* Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
* When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Major Admission Requirements
- GRE Optional for Spring/Summer/Fall 2022 Applicants
- Three letters of recommendation
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Statement of purpose
GRE Exception: Students who have taken coursework from the University of Nebraska College of Engineering are not required to submit GRE scores.
- Priority Application Deadline: January 15 for Summer/Fall; September 15 for Spring.
- International Students: Application for Fall admission strongly encouraged.
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