MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering

The M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering program enables our graduates to:

  1. Apply and synthesize technical knowledge to provide solutions to advanced Civil and Environmental Engineering problems in a chosen subject area of mastery (Environmental, Geotechnical, Structural, Water Resources, or Transportation Engineering).
  2. Demonstrate the ability for lifelong learning necessary for the constantly evolving nature of engineering design and practice.
  3. Effectively communicate technical information orally and in writing.
  4. Demonstrate independent thinking and decision making skills.
  5. Integrate ethical and professional components into the solutions of complex engineering problems.
  6. Evaluate engineering systems for sustainable performance and create solutions to encompass a project's full lifecycle.

The six program learning objectives define the graduate program in its scope, intent, and implementation.

Admission Requirements

For admission as a classified graduate student, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a closely related physical science with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter units (60 semester) attempted. Applicants are required to submit satisfactory scores for the General (Aptitude) Test of the Graduate Record Examination. An applicant who meets these standards but lacks prerequisite coursework may be admitted as a conditionally classified student and must make-up any deficiencies before advancement to classified graduate standing.

Information pertaining to specific requirements for admission to graduate standing (classified or conditionally classified) may be obtained from the Graduate Program Coordinator, Rebekah Oulton.

List of Graduate Courses by Area of Emphasis (for CE)

Contact Information

Questions should be directed to the Graduate Program Coordinator, Rebekah Oulton (

How to Apply

  • Go to Cal State Apply for the online application.
  • Once your application has been submitted you will receive an email confirmation from Cal Poly confirming that your application has been received.
  • Your application is later loaded into the student database and you will be emailed instructions on accessing Cal Poly’s university portal:  MyCalPoly.  Applicants should access MyCalPoly to view further application requirements and, later, the admission status.
  • For questions regarding Cal State Apply or MyCalPoly, you may contact the Admissions Office.
  • If you need help through the application process, we've created a Graduate Applicant Tips Guide to help you.

Details of the program can be found in the Cal Poly Catalog.

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