Prospective Students

The complexity and technical challenges in engineering increasingly demand studies beyond the B.S degree.  The George Mason University Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering (CEIE) graduate program offerings are designed to meet those needs and those career aspirations. CEIE offers graduate studies, including the M.S. in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, the M.Eng. in GeoConStruct, and the Ph.D. in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. Students learn from CEIE faculty who lay out the theory; from practitioners who lead in national engineering practice; and from research engineers and scientists immersed in northern Virginia’s world class government research laboratories.

Graduates are prepared to practice in civil engineering for: federal, state, or local government; architectural firms; engineering design firms; construction firms; water, waste water, and energy utilities; non-governmental organizations; and local and regional planning firms.  They are prepared for research and teaching, and for subsequent study in architecture, law, business, economics, finance, and public policy and administration.

Applicants to the graduate program are expected to have completed an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, although applicants with undergraduate degrees in other engineering majors, or in closely-aligned physical sciences will also be considered.  Applicants with civil engineering baccalaureate degrees from foreign universities will find that a CEIE graduate degree acquaints them with U.S. engineering practice. Applicants with non-engineering, non-science bachelor’s degrees who have accumulated years of exposure to civil engineering practice may also be considered for admission to the program under special circumstances.

Students who do not possess a U.S. ABET-accredited B.S. in engineering but who complete the M.S. or the M.Eng. at GMU may be permitted to write the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, one step toward registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.).  Interpretation of rules regarding eligibility for professional registration are made by each state.  In Virginia the licensing body is the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Registration.

Application for graduate studies begins by reviewing the graduate admissions requirements. Information on tuition and funding is provided here; be sure to click on Graduate Tuition and search for the Volgenau School of Engineering.

The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering in the Volgenau School of Engineering is an integral part of the Fairfax campus of George Mason University, the largest of GMU’s four campuses, and one of the largest public universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  With its location in the affluent northern suburbs of Washington DC, it combines the benefits of a vibrant self-contained, and safe campus community with athletic facilities, a performing arts center, and a major sporting events center, with the museums, entertainment, and energy of Washington, D.C., within easy reach by public transportation.   The advantages of GMU’s location are evident in the impressive diversity of its student body and student engagement with issues both on and off-campus, as well as in the caliber of the faculty recruited to the university because of the unparalleled opportunities it offers. Click here to learn more about George Mason University in summary, or visit here to browse through the full range of academic offerings and student activities.  To learn about graduate student life at GMU, visit here.