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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thank you for your interest in the Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate program at Rice University! The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers three advanced degrees with emphasis on a variety of specialization areas ranging from hydrology and air quality to structures and bridge engineering, sustainable environmental engineering and more.

Click the links below for full details about each degree program requirement

How to Apply? 

All applicants should utilize the CEE online application. The application fee is $85 and should be paid by credit card.

In addition, prospective students must submit and meet the following requirements:  

  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average. If an unofficial transcript is received during the admissions process, and you are admitted, a 30 day deadline is given (from the date of the offer letter) to provide an official transcript.  If the current degree has not yet been conferred, Rice requires a final transcript showing conferral of the degree before registration of the second semester at Rice. Note: All transcripts must arrive in signed-across-the-seal envelopes provided to you by the registrar of each institution attended.
  • Letters of Recommendation (LOR) are required from at least three former professors, advisors, and/or employer. All recommendation letters should be on university or employer letterhead. Recommenders can now submit their letters on-line.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required
  • TOEFL OR IELTS is required for applicants who are foreign nationals or whose native language is not English.


Minimum Score

Institute Code

Department Code



151 quantitative

150 verbal


1102 Civil
1103 Envir.



90 iBT/600 paper-based



For those applicants who choose to take the IELTS in lieu of TOEFL, the minimum score is 7.


 Application Deadlines 

Applications will be accepted beginning August 15, 2017 for the spring 2018 and fall 2018 terms.

  • Deadline for Spring 2018 semester, October 15, 2017
  • Deadline for Fall 2018 semester, January 15, 2018.
    Late applications may be considered until April 29th. An applicant seeking to apply after February 1st should seek approval from the graduate committee. Request should be sent to atorres@rice.edu. Note, it is more competitive to apply by the February 1st deadline.

Financial Aid

Types of financial aid offered are mostly research assistantships/fellowships, both of which include a monthly stipend with full tuition waiver. Generally, financial support is awarded to:

  • Applicants who meet/exceed the rigorous admission criteria and are at the top of the applicant pool, and 
  • Applicants who seek to pursue Ph.D. as their highest degree.

Applicants seeking the M.S. or MCEE as their highest degree, if offered admission, are usually offered “admission only”.

Please Note: If you will self-support your studies at Rice, full financial details will be required as stipulated by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), and for international students as stipulated by GPS and the Office of International Students and Scholars before an I-20 can be issued.

Notification of Status

The CEE office will notify you of your status by the middle of April. Inquiries should be directed to atorres@rice.edu.