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, and the Ph.D. in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. Students learn from CEIE faculty who lead the way in their fields, who lay out the theory, and who direct advanced research programs; from practitioners who lead in national engineering practice; and from research engineers and scientists immersed in northern Virginia’s world class government research laboratories.  Check out our faculty expertise here.

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 careers in research and teaching, and for subsequent study in architecture, law, business, economics, finance, and public policy and administration.

Academic preparation:  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. 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.

Getting started with your application:  Application for graduate studies begins by reviewing the graduate admissions requirements. The schedule for information sessions can be found here.

For study beginning in fall: applications must be complete by March 15; for best consideration for financial aid, applications should be complete by December 15.  Foreign students are recommended to begin their application in early October of the year before they plan to begin their studies.  This leaves time for transcript submission, translation and evaluation, and for preparation of financial disclosure information.

For study beginning in spring: applications must be complete by October 15; for best consideration for financial aid, applications should be complete by August 15.  Foreign students are recommended to begin their application in early April of the year before they plan to begin their studies.

Information on tuition and funding is provided here. Be sure to click on Graduate Tuition and search for the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Once you are admitted:  Information for new engineering students is posted here.  Academic calendars through Spring 2019 are shown here.

About GMU:  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.