Graduate Degree Opportunities and Requirements

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis options) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Areas of study at both the masters and doctoral levels include Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Coastal Engineering and Water Resources Engineering.

In addition, the department offers a 4+1 Masters of Engineering (ME) degree in “Water and Environment.” Up to nine credits as approved by the graduate committee may be carried over from a previous degree. A minimum of 15 credits must be from Environmental Engineering, Hydrological Engineering, or Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering. In addition, a minimum of 12 credits must be at 500 level.

A grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is usually required for admission. The Graduate School also requires minimum English proficiency test scores of: 82 (TOEFL), 6.5 (IELTS), 65 (PTE), and 115 (duolingo) for regular admissions. For teaching assistantships, the required scores are: 98 (TOEFL), 7 (IELTS), 75 (PTE), and 130 (duolingo).  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit GRE scores, but they are not required.

We currently have rolling admissions, although applications must be submitted by January 15th to be considered for a Teaching Assistant (TA) position for the upcoming academic year (Fall and Spring semesters).  The Graduate School charges a non-refundable application fee and will not process applications otherwise; the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering does not grant fee waivers.  When the application procedure is complete, the University requires approximately six weeks for processing. Questions can be directed to  Further information may be requested on-line from the University of Maine Graduate School.