All applications must be submitted online. Submit the online application for graduate admissions.
Calculate your Advanced GPA. See below for instructions and GPA calculator link.
Upload the required Supporting Documents (Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, Advanced GPA worksheet, GRE scores, and TOEFL scores) to the Graduate Division application above. Review the links on the online application for specific instructions.
Everything must be submitted online. Do not send the department paper documentation (except IELTS scores).
We suggest that you do not wait until the deadline date to submit your application; submitting your application early will allow you time to deal with any issues, such as technical (computer) difficulties, missing documentation, etc.
CEE Academic Affairs Office: communications and notifications
Berkeley Graduate Division will verify receipt of your application via the online application. Once completed, a new page will be prompted with your application status. If it does not say "submitted" on your status page, then your application submission is incomplete. CEE cannot accept applications submitted after the deadline.
During December-February, the Academic Affairs Office (AAO) checks applications for completeness. Check your application status via the Graduate Division online application to see if any documents are missing.
Read our Admissions, Application instructions, and FAQ for the answer to your questions. AAO staff are unable to answer detailed questions regarding individual applications. We are dedicated to processing your application information in preparation for review by the Admissions Committee. We can do this more efficiently if not interrupted unnecessarily.
Special deadlines for concurrent degree program applicants
Structural Engineering and Architecture (MArch/MS)Dec. 15, 2017
Transportation Engineering and City and Regional Planning (MCP/MS)Dec. 15, 2017
Environmental Engineering and Public Policy (MPP/MS)Dec. 1, 2017
Proposed degree program
Within CIV & ENV ENGR select your degree goal:
CIV & ENV ENGR (MS)
CIV & ENV ENGR (MEng)
CIV & ENV ENGR (PhD)
The Master of Science (MS) emphasizes technical skills The Master of Engineering (MEng) is designed as a stand-alone, professional degree emphasizing leadership skills. See Degrees.
Applicants whose ultimate degree goal is the PhD should indicate this on their application by marking PhD as the degree goal; the MS will be earned along the way. Applicants who already have an MS degree from another institution should apply directly to the PhD program.
Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate (ECIC)
Engineering & Project Management (EPM)
Environmental Engineering (ENV) (see Sub Emphasis below)
Structural Engineering, Mechanics & Materials (SEMM)(see Sub Emphasis below)
Transportation Engineering (TRN)
Environmental and Structural Engineering applicants should use the "Sub Emphasis" field to list one of the following sub-areas:
Air Quality Engineering (AQE)
Water Quality Engineering (WQE)
Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology (FMH)
Structural Engineering, Mechanics & Materials:
Structural Design (SD)
Structural Analysis (SA)
Structural Mechanics (SME)
Structural Materials (SMA)
Concurrent Degree applicants
Select the correct dual program in “Major”. The Concurrent Degree programs are listed below. If you would like to pursue a different emphasis within one of the 3 programs, contact the Academic Affairs Office at email@example.com or 510-643-6640.
Public Policy and Civil and Environmental Engineering (MPP/MS with an Environmental emphasis)
Architecture and Civil and Environmental Engineering (MArch/MS with a Structural emphasis)
City and Regional Planning and Civil and Environmental Engineering (MCP/MS with a Transportation emphasis)
If you are a US citizen or permanent resident and want to be classified as a resident for tuition purposes:
You must have established your continuous presence in California more than 1 year immediately preceding the residence determination date for the semester during which you propose to attend the University.
You must have given up any previous residence.
You must present objective evidence that you intend to make California your permanent home.
See Office of the Registrar for complete residency information. High school graduates from California may also qualify.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of international applicants (including US citizens) who received their undergraduate degree in countries in which the official language is not English.
Scores may not be older than 2 years. For applications for Fall 2017, tests taken before June 2016 will not be accepted. Take the TOEFL by the end of November 2016 at the latest.
Graduate Division requires an official score report from ETS. (UC Berkeley's institution code is 4833. CEE's department code is 65.) Make sure an official report is sent in time to meet the CEE deadline: December 15, 2017.
Applicants with a TOEFL* score below 570 paper test or 230 CBT or 90/120 iBT will not be admitted. CEE must receive the official TOEFL score report showing that this requirement has been met before an application can be reviewed.
International applicants who are offered Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) positions are required to pass the iBT speaking section with a minimum score of 26. For applicants who have taken earlier versions of the TOEFL, the Test of Spoken English (TSE) can be submitted in lieu of the iBT with a minimum score of 50. For those who cannot take the iBT or TSE, the SPEAK test will be required (given at Berkeley) with a passing score of 50. An international student must pass one of these tests before the GSI appointment and duties can begin, prior to the start of the semester.
See requirements for domestic and international applicants.
IELTS* scores must have a minimum of 7 out of 9 for admission. *Note: The minimum requirement is not necessarily a competitive score.
The UC Berkeley code is 4833
For the GRE, the department code is: 1102
For the TOEFL, the department code is: 65
CEE requires all applicants to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. This requirement cannot be waived or substituted with another test. GRE scores for tests taken before October 2013 will not be accepted for applications for admittance in Fall 2017.
The codes for UC Berkeley for the GRE are below. It is not required that you submit the department code, just the institution code.
Take the GRE no later than the end of November to make sure that CEE receives your official score report by December 15, 2017.
An official score report is required. CEE will accept official scores from computer-based tests or paper-based tests. CEE does not require a GRE subject test and there is no minimum score requirement.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
If you received your undergraduate degree at a US university or college then calculate your Undergraduate Advanced GPA using all coursework towards the degree after the first two years.
See easy way to calculate your GPA. Print off the resulting worksheet and upload it to the online application.
If you received your undergraduate degree outside the US, then have all coursework calculated on the system used in your country. We do not convert international GPAs to the US system.
If your cumulative GPA is not printed on your transcript, you need to enter all your credits and grades on our International GPA calculator and then upload the document to your online application.
Fill out the Statement of Purpose and the Personal History Statement concisely. The Statement of Purpose should reflect your degree goal while the Personal History should reflect on your experiences. Do not send in a hard copy of the statement of purpose or personal history after submitting it online.
The Statement of Purpose should not exceed 2 typed pages, single-spaced, font size 12. The Personal History Statement should not exceed 2 typed pages, single-spaced, font size 12.
Letters of recommendation are to be submitted online.
A minimum of 3 letters of recommendation are required for admission.
On the Letter of Recommendation page of the online application you will be prompted to fill in your recommender's information. After completing all required fields, make sure to click the "invite" button to notify each recommender.
Through your status page in the online application you will be able to check if a recommendation has been submitted. You will also be able to send reminder emails to the recommenders that have not yet submitted.
The deadline for recommendations to be submitted is December 15, 2017.
Faculty Contact: You are not required to list the faculty whom you have contacted.
Faculty Interest: If you are applying to the MS/PhD or PhD program, it is required that you list the faculty in the research program (Civil Systems; Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate; Engineering & Project Management; Environmental Engineering; GeoSystems (or Geoengineering); Structural Engineering, Mechanics & Materials; or Transportation Engineering) to which you are applying.
Master's applicants are not required to list faculty whose research is of particular interest.
Fellowship application: domestic students
It is strongly suggested that you fill out the domestic fellowship page regardless of your financial needs.
If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you must complete the Domestic Fellowship Application in order to be considered for multi-year University Graduate Fellowships, Departmental Block Grant Fellowships, Diversity Fellowships, and Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP) Awards.
To be considered for any of these awards, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2018-2019 FAFSA may be submitted online before October 1, 2017.
When completing the Domestic Fellowship Application section on resources for the coming academic year, provide your best estimate of your summer gross earnings. In the "other income" section, only list fellowships that have already been awarded to you. For additional living expenses, give your best estimate for the coming academic year.
To apply for fellowships, no special CEE department application is needed.
To be considered for Restricted Fellowship Endowments you must be a US citizen or permanent resident and complete endowment criteria on the Domestic Fellowship Application.
An estimate of living expenses while attending Berkeley can be found at Graduate Division’s Cost and Fees.
Need-based financial aid
Graduate students may apply for need-based loans and work-study through Financial Aid and Scholarships. Only US citizens and permanent residents may apply for funds administered by this office. The programs are based on demonstrated financial need and require a separate application, independent of the fellowship application. Low-income students with dependent children will be considered for need-based grant awards if funding permits.
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will use the Student Budget for the initial calculation of your eligibility for various programs. If, after reviewing your official offer of financial aid, you decide that your actual expenses are higher, you may then file a budget addendum for those expenses, such as medical bills, child care, or research expenses. These extra costs will then be taken into account to increase your loan eligibility. Your eligibility for any federal financial aid program is determined by comparing your resources to your budget. You can find the addendum at Financial Aid and Scholarships.
Questions about financial aid should be directed to Financial Aid and Scholarships, Cal Student Central, 120 Sproul Hall #1960, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-1960, 510-664-9181.
Fellowship application: international students
It is strongly suggested that you fill out the international fellowships page in the application regardless of your financial needs.
If you need a visa to come to Berkeley, then you must fill out the Fellowship Application for International Students. To receive a US student visa, international students are required to document their financial support for their studies in the US. Once admitted to the University, you will be informed of your required minimum annual budget for visa purposes and must be prepared to document financial resources equal to or greater than this budget.
The University will not issue a visa to you unless you provide the international student advisor with clear evidence of your ability to pay all required fees and expenses for the first year. You should also indicate the sources of funding you are likely to have available for the remainder of your program. American embassies and consulates will not grant you a student visa unless you can provide proof of adequate funding for the first year and probable support for subsequent years. Spouses on F-2 visas are not permitted to accept employment.
University resources for international students are very limited. US Federal regulations require that international students be able to demonstrate sufficient financial support for their studies in the US before a student visa (F or J) may be issued for entry into the US.The purpose of this budget is not to create obstacles, but to meet the requirement of the regulations and to ensure that international students coming to Berkeley are adequately prepared for the expenses they will face as a student here.
For 2017-2018, the University estimates that you would need a minimum of $78,930 for the 12-month period. It does not include professional school fees or additional living expenses for a spouse or child. This estimate includes fees for 2 semesters and for basic living expenses, books, and other school supplies. Married students should bring an additional $7,000 if accompanied by a spouse and $4,000 for each accompanying child. Opportunities for employment are severely limited, and students holding a student visa (F-1) should not expect to be employed in non-academic positions. Spouses and children on dependents' visas (F-2) are not permitted to accept employment.
See the Graduate Division’s Fees and Expenses for International Students for more information.
Do not upload financial bank statements with your application documents. We do suggest that you upload funding source documents such as fellowship recipient letters or letters from an employer stating their potential funding.
More information about financial and visa regulations and budget considerations can be obtained from Services for International Students and Scholars, International House, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-2321, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowships for non-US citizens
If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, you must complete the Fellowship Application for International Students to be considered for multi-year University Graduate Fellowships, Departmental Block Grant Fellowships, and Restricted Fellowship Endowments. Note: Funds are limited.
GSI, GSR, Reader appointments
Graduate Student Instructors (GSI) and Graduate Student Researchers (GSR) are selected by the admissions committee of the Program to which they have applied. Applicants are notified in their admission letters if they have been selected for an assistantship.
Applicants not selected for an assistantship at the time of admissions are still eligible to apply for GSI, GSR, and Reader positions. They will be selected based on qualifications. See Finances.
International applicants who are offered GSI positions are required to pass the iBT speaking section with a minimum score of 26. For applicants who have taken earlier versions of the TOEFL, the Test of Spoken English (TSE) can be submitted in lieu of the iBT with a minimum score of 50. For those who cannot take the iBT or TSE, the SPEAK test will be required. The SPEAK test is given at UC Berkeley, and a passing score is 50. An international student must pass one or these tests before the GSI appointment and duties can begin, prior to the start of the semester.
See Graduate Division's Graduate Services: Academic Appointments.
Official transcripts from all institutions after high school are required to be uploaded to the Graduate Division online application. We will not accept Degree Audit Reports.
Each transcript should be 1 PDF (not a PDF for every page unless the document exceeds 10MB)
Note: make sure that your name and the university name is on the transcript that you upload into the application.
For International applicants: Please make sure you upload transcripts in both English and the native language of your university along with any certificates and diplomas.
Only if you are admitted will you be required to send an official paper transcript to the Graduate Division. They will request an official transcript within your first semester of graduate work.
For security purposes, it is vital that students conceal any social security numbers or dates of birth on their transcript before they are uploaded. Transcripts with visible social security numbers will be deleted from your application , and will need to be uploaded again. This is for your own security.
Pay application fee
You may skip this step if you have an approved application fee waiver.
Before submitting your online application, you will be prompted to pay the application fee using a major credit card. The application fee is not refundable.
US applicants pay a $105 fee. International applicants pay a $125 fee.
If you are a US citizen or permanent resident and can demonstrate financial need, you may be eligible for a waiver of the application fee. International applicants are not eligible to have the application fee waived. If your fee waiver is not approved, you are still responsible to pay the application fee.
We e-mail acceptance and denial of admission notification letters to applicants beginning in February. All applicants will receive an e-mail notification by the end of April. Admission to Berkeley CEE is extremely competitive, and we are unable to admit all qualified applicants.
If your application is successful, the admissions officer of the CEE Program you have applied to will notify you that you have been recommended for admission. Only the Dean of the Graduate Division can offer admission and will send the official admission letter. You have not been officially admitted until you have received the official admission letter from the Dean. Therefore you must respond quickly to any inquiries from the Graduate Division.
We cannot disclose admissions decisions over the phone.
Funding decisions are made between February-April with a second wave from April- May.
Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)
The admission letter to new (including reactivating) graduate students contains a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) that must be submitted online. Only the submission of the SIR to the Graduate Admissions Office indicating an intention to register will reserve the registration slot allocated to you. If you decline the offer of admission, complete the SIR online declining our offer as soon as possible so that others may have a chance at admission.
If you have applied for admission within the past 2 years but have not registered, you may reactivate your application via the online application for graduate admissions by the established deadline.
Reactivating applicants must:
Upload supplementary or updated transcripts covering any academic work and/or degree completed since the last application.
Make sure that required standardized test scores are within prescribed time limits.
Your previous letters of recommendation will be on file in the department, but if you believe you need additional or updated letters of recommendation, see that these are sent to the department. (On the online application, you must indicate for what semester and year you have previously submitted an application so we can find your previously submitted documents to complete your current application file.) It is highly recommended that reactivating applicants submit a new Personal Statement.
US citizens who wish to be considered for a fellowship should complete a new Fellowship Application for Domestic Students. International applicants must complete a new Fellowship Application for International Students.
All applicants must submit the $105 (or $125 for international applicants) fee payment with each reactivation of an application.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) offers a Master of Science (MS) program, a doctoral degree (PhD) program, and a Master of Engineering (MEng) program.
CEE also offers three concurrent degree programs and two certificate programs.
Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
These degrees emphasize the application of the natural sciences to the analysis and solution of engineering problems. Advanced courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and the life sciences are normally included in a program that incorporates the engineering systems approach for analysis of problems.
Students in these degree programs select one of the following seven concentrations:
Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate: The objective of the Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate (ECIC) program is to educate a cadre of professionals to analyze complex problems — such as energy efficiency of buildings, environmentally-informed design of transportation systems, embodied energy of construction materials, and electricity from renewable sources, as well as biofuels — from engineering, environmental, economic, and management perspectives. The analysis will be used to address such overarching societal problems as mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation of infrastructure to a changing climate. ECIC also promotes research at the intersection of energy, infrastructure and climate science.
Engineering and Project Management: The Engineering and Project Management (E&PM) program educates students for leadership positions in managing infrastructure, especially construction projects, and within field, project, and corporate management. Contemporary project management practice demands that the engineering professionals not only have a mastery of engineering, including construction concepts, but also a strong background in engineering and management methods. E&PM emphasizes new technologies, developments, and techniques in both domestic and international project management and construction, as well as the interrelationships of all life-cycle components: planning, design, manufacturing, construction, operation, maintenance, and end-of-life options.
Environmental Engineering: The Environmental Engineering program encompasses air quality engineering (AQE), water quality engineering (WQE), and environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology (EFMH). AQE focuses on indoor microenvironments, plume dispersion, urban and regional air pollution, as well as global changes in climate and atmospheric chemistry. There is an emphasis on environmental and public health issues related to the built environment, including energy and transportation systems. EFMH focuses on physical processes that govern air and water movement, and the associated transport of contaminants, energy, and other scalars. It takes an integrated approach to studies of the coastal ocean and estuaries, the atmospheric boundary layer, surface and subsurface water flow, land-atmosphere interactions, the management of water resource systems, climate change and variability, and contaminant transport. WQE addresses the sources, transport and treatment of chemical and microbiological contaminants that affect water. Research and coursework focus on assessment of the sources, fate and transport of contaminants and the development of natural and engineered treatment systems for chemical contaminants and human pathogens.
GeoSystems (Geoengineering): GeoSystems encompasses a broad area of teaching and research in geotechnical and geological engineering, environmental geotechnics, and applied geophysics. GeoSystems' focus is on the evaluation of engineering properties of geologic materials and on providing engineering solutions for dealing with geologic environment and processes, and natural hazards. Emphasis is on the study of the mechanical behavior of soil and rock masses, laboratory and field characterization of material properties, development and application of geophysical techniques for site and subsurface characterization, development of advanced analysis methods, and evaluation of static and dynamic (seismic) performance of soil deposits, earth structures, and underground space.
Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials: The Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials (SEMM) program consists of three emphases: (1) Structural engineering, which is concerned with the analysis and design of all types of structures, including earthquake-resistant design. (2) Structural mechanics, which employs the disciplines of applied mathematics and the engineering sciences to examine problems in the behavior of structural elements and systems, and to investigate the mathematical description of properties. (3) Structural materials engineering, which is concerned with the development of construction materials (e.g., steel, concrete, aluminum alloys, timber, plastic, and composite materials) for engineering projects, such as mechanical and thermal response, microstructure behavior, and durability.
Systems (Civil Systems): The focus of the Systems Program is to understand complex large-scale systems and to develop tools for their design and operation. Such systems encompass built elements (infrastructures transportation, structures), societal systems (social networks, populations enterprises), and natural systems (land, water, air). The understanding of how such systems work requires knowledge about the constitutive laws that govern them, such as traffic flow, fluid mechanics, structural mechanics, and smart networks. It also requires an understanding of the theoretical paradigms (e.g., theories of computation and control, optimization, behavioral economics, sensor networks, statistics, and signal processing) that are used to model, control and optimize such systems.
Transportation Engineering: The Transportation Engineering (TE) program is concerned with the planning, design, construction, operation, performance, evaluation, maintenance, and rehabilitation of transportation systems and facilities, such as highways, railroads, urban transit, air transportation, logistic supply systems and their terminals. There is an emphasis on the economic and public policy aspects involved in transportation systems as well. TE stresses development of analytic, problem-solving, design, and management skills suitable for public and private sector professional work.
Students in the PhD program have the option of pursuing a designated emphasis (DE) to supplement their study.
Master of Engineering (MEng)
This professional degree emphasizes solving technical, sociological, environmental, and economic problems involved in the design, construction, and operation of engineering structures, processes, and equipment. Studies include courses in the engineering sciences necessary to the engineering interpretation of the latest scientific developments. Courses in design, operation, humanities, and economics provide a basis for the analysis and solution of problems in professional engineering.
Students in this degree program select either a concentration in Systems (Civil Systems) or Transportation Engineering (see above descriptions). There are options for either full-time or part-time enrollment.
CEE’s MEng program is offered in conjunction with the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.
The concurrent degree program is a formal arrangement of two existing, but separate, master's degree programs, which result in the students earning two master’s degrees. CEE offers the following concurrent degree programs:
Structural Engineering and Architecture (MArch/MS)
Transportation Engineering and City and Regional Planning (MCP/MS)
Any CEE graduate program and Public Policy (MPP/MS)
For further information regarding these programs, please see the department's website.
Certificate in Engineering and Business for Sustainability: This program is open to all Berkeley graduate students who meet the EBS Certificate course requirements. The EBS certificate program allows students to tap into multidisciplinary educational resources from the College of Engineering, Haas School of Business, Energy and Resources Group, Goldman School of Public Policy, College of Natural Resources, and the School of Public Health, to learn how to have a lasting beneficial impact on the global environment. For further information regarding this program, see the department's website.
Certificate in Intelligent Transportation Systems: Jointly sponsored by CEE, the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering, this program is designed to assist students in studying ITS in a systematic and focused way. Faculty advisers help students design a personalized study program to meet their goals. For more information regarding this program, see the department's website.
Designated emphases available for CEE doctoral students include:
Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Computational Science and Engineering
A designated emphasis is a specialization, such as a new method of inquiry or an important field of application, which is relevant to two or more existing doctoral degree programs. You are required to complete the academic work in the area of specialization and all the requirements of the doctoral program. You must be admitted to the DE before taking the qualifying examination.