Department of

Civil and Environmental Engineering


Applications completed by the posted January deadline (fall) will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and decisions mailed during early February. Applications completed after the posted January deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis with decisions mailed as the reviews are completed.

When an application is approved by the Admissions Committee, the following occurs through different Penn State offices.

  • A letter of reccomended acceptance sent to applicants by electronic mail. An admission recommendation is also forwarded to the Penn State Graduate School by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Head.
  • The Graduate School must approve the Department recommendation of acceptance. If approved, applicants will be notified by the Graduate School.
  • International applicants will then be notified by the office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), which will issue an I-20 form. Any questions regarding visas, I-20, etc., must be directed to the OISS Office. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is unable to assist with international student visas.
  • All applicants are considered for research or teaching assistantships and applicable fellowships. Applicants will be notified by the Department of any assistantship offers or fellowships at the time of admission.

The Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering receives many more applications from qualified students than can be advised or funded for a master of science (MS) thesis. Thus, a certain number of masters applicants may be admitted into the non-thesis program master of engineering (MEng) which would require that the student be able to provide self support for the 30 credit MEng degree.

The Admissions Committee carefully reviews each application and discusses the potential of each applicant. As such, the decisions of the Admissions Committee are final and not subject to further review.