Howard University Graduate School
Office of Educational Affairs
Graduate Programs
Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering Department offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Engineering degree . Areas of specialization are Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Systems Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering.

The Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE) program offers classroom and laboratory instruction as well as applied and fundamental research. Areas of concentration include water quality and treatment, wastewater treatment, storm water monitoring and quality, fate and transport of contaminants, and hazardous waste treatment. The program offers opportunities for collaboration in broad fields such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, and systems engineering in order to prepare graduates for exciting environmental careers in government, private sector and academia.

Included in the Structural Engineering program are advanced courses and research in design of metal and concrete structures, as well as the underlying theories of structural mechanics. Both practice-oriented and research oriented individuals may be accommodated in this program. The interdisciplinary Transportation Engineering program offers courses in traffic engineering, highway design, transportation planning, operations research, and applied statistics. Individuals interested in practice, or research can be accommodated.

The Geotechnical Engineering program emphasizes fundamental courses. Typical curriculum would include courses in soil properties, foundation engineering, advanced methods of laboratory testing, groundwater and seepage, and earth structures. Also included would be basic structural engineering courses.

General Admission Requirements
Special Admission Requirements
General Admission Requirements

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in major course work is required. Each graduate department may have additional “special admission requirements” which are noted on this page.

  • Completed on-line application and signature page or
  • Download the paper application (HTML) | (Acrobat)
  • The non-refundable $45 application fee (Waivers accepted for FAMU Feeder Program and McNair Scholars)
  • Official transcripts must be submitted directly from the Registrar’s Office from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • GRE Scores (Only official score reports are accepted within 5 years of the test date)
  • Statement of Academic and Research Interest
  • Autobiographical Sketch (Personal biography)
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation Word

For International Applicants

In addition to the requirements listed above you must meet the following:

  • Official transcripts, certificates and/or mark/grade sheets must be sent directly from the college or university to the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions, and must show proof of degree(s) earned, courses taken and marks/grades received. Also, ALL transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services ( or AACRAO ( and be forwarded to Graduate Recruitment and Admissions.
  • TOEFL Scores (Minimum computer-based score of 213 is required and only official score reports are accepted within 2 years of the test date)

Special Admission Requirements

With the exception of the EWRE program, graduate Civil Engineering programs are basically for persons who hold the bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Graduates from related fields may be admitted, but may be required to do preparatory work to obtain the academic background necessary for the master's degree curriculum.

EWRE admits applicants with degrees in engineering or environment-related sciences. The applicant's previous academic record should indicate that the subject has the capability to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Special Degree Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the Civil Engineering Department requirements for the degree of Master of Engineering are the following:

  • A minimum of 30 credits, of which at least 20 must be in the student's major area. The 30 credits may consist solely of course work or may include a thesis. A thesis can earn up to six credits. Non-thesis students must include at least one project-type course in their program.
  • Either a written comprehensive examination (if no thesis is written) or a final oral examination on the thesis.

  • Approval of the adviser for the program of courses. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in a course not counting toward degree requirements.

  • Participation in graduate seminars for two semesters. This requirement may be waived, but only for working students who find it impossible to attend.

  • No foreign language is required, but students who are research-oriented or intend to pursue further study are encouraged to take a foreign language pertinent to their field of study.


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