This is a program for superior students with master’s degrees in civil engineering or allied fields who wish to do advanced research in an area of civil engineering. In exceptional circumstances, highly qualified students with bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering may be accepted directly into the doctoral program. Admission Requirements A minimum master’s GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, is normally required for admission. The GRE (general section) is required of all applicants. All international students must also achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 550 for the paper-based exam. or a minimum score of 6.5 with no sub-score lower than 6.0 for the IELTS exam. Degree Requirements The department approves specific degree requirements and dissertation topics on an individual basis. Students must attain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Students must conduct independent original research in a specific area of civil engineering. Students must select an advisor willing to supervise dissertation work. 36 credits minimum of CE 790 Doctoral Dissertation is generally required. These 36 credits should be completed before submission of the final dissertation document. Students must register for a minimum of 3 credits of CE 790 until the dissertation has been submitted and accepted. 24 credits minimum of course work beyond the master’s degree are required, of which at least 12 credits must be at the 700 level; the remaining credits may be at the 600 level. Seminar: CE 791 Graduate Seminar is required of all doctoral students every semester.