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 (http://gradschool.lsu.edu) 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.
After reviewing the information below, we strongly encourage all applicants to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to the most common admission questions.
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||OLD GRE Test (Verbal + Quantitative)||NEW GRE Test (Verbal + Quantitative)|
- 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)
- 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.
LAPELS Leveling Courses
LAPELS list of leveling courses is for graduate students who do not have a BS undergraduate degree in engineering or those who have an engineering degree from a non-ABET accredited institution. The LSU College of Engineering and the Louisiana Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveying (LAPELS) Board have agreed upon a prescribed list of classes that these students must take in order to be suitable for registration as professional engineers in the future. Note that the list is what LAPELS will heck against when/if you apply to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) and the Professional Engineering (PE) exams. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they have taken the courses on the list of their equivalents, not the faculty advisors or the CE graduate programs office. The list of the leveling classes can be found on the forms page.
All applicants should apply online at http://www.lsu.edu/gradapply. 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 and in sealed envelopes). Please note that no form is needed. Please also 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.)
These items should 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 Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Secretary at email@example.com to schedule an appointment with the Graduate Program Coordinator.
- After meeting with your assigned faculty advisor, new students should meet with the Graduate Secretary. The Graduate Secretary 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. 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.
We encourage all applicants to review our Frequently Asked Questions Page for answers to the most common admission questions.