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Civil & Environmental Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions


Admission requirements include the following:

  1. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: Degree in engineering or in hard sciences (such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science) or background equivalent to an undergraduate engineering degree in mathematics, physics, mechanics, and the courses basic to the program area of application is required.

  2. QPA: An Undergraduate QPA equivalent to 3.00 for M.S., 3.30 for Ph.D., based on A = 4.00 is required.

  3. TO APPLY: https://www.engineering.pitt.edu/GraduateApplication/

  4. LETTERS OF REFERENCE: Applicants must have their reference letters submitted electronically as part of the on-line admissions application process.

  5. TRANSCRIPTS: Applicants are required to upload academic records from each academic institution (undergraduate and/or graduate) attended. Official, original academic credentials that are issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. These will be considered unofficial copies.

  6. GRE scores (UPDATE 9/23/20): Applicants to the following terms: Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 should consider the GRE an optional submission. If an applicant has already taken the GRE and believes their score demonstrates outstanding academic ability, beneficial to portraying you as a wholistic student and applicant, you may submit-- but it is optional. The GRE scores will not be considered as part of our admissions criteria for these application cycles. For students applying to terms after those listed above, please check back in the future for updates, as the Swanson School is still evaluating whether waiving the GRE will be permanent.

  7. TOEFL or IELTS scores (Required for international applicants): The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all applicants whose native language is not English, except for those who have recently received a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or any other English speaking country. It is the policy of the University of Pittsburgh to admit only those students with a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 80 (internet-based). The Swanson School of Engineering code is 2927. Please refer to the following web site for further information on the TOEFL and registration forms: http://www.ets.org/toefl. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores must be sent directly from IELTS to your admitting department. It is the policy of the University of Pittsburgh to admit only those students with an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

    You can upload copies of your score reports (if available) when submitting your online application. This uploaded version is not considered “official” and will be used for preliminary review until your official scores are received from ETS or IELTS.

  8. TUITION AND FEES: Learn more about tuition and fees associated with a graduate education at the Swanson School of Engineering: http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/Admissions-Academics/Admissions/Graduate/Admissions/.

  9. APPLICATION DEADLINES: Fall Term – May 1; Spring Term – October 15; Summer Term – February 15

If you are applying for financial assistance, your application package must be completed by January 15 for the fall term.

Please do NOT send hard copies of materials that have been submitted electronically. Original documents are NOT required until you are admitted and decide to attend the University of Pittsburgh.