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This California institution became a catalyst of economic growth and social innovation — the place where vitamin E was discovered, a lost Scarlatti opera found, the flu virus identified, and the nation's first no-fault divorce law drafted. Scholars at Berkeley have conducted groundbreaking research on urban street gangs and on basic human nutritional requirements, identified why wartime supply ships were failing at sea, invented technologies to build faster and cheaper computer chips, and imaged the infant universe.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at UC Berkeley is a worldwide leader in developing engineering solutions to societal-scale challenges. The Department conducts cutting-edge research, in evolving and vital areas that address societal needs for well-designed and well-operated buildings, energy, transportation, and water systems. These critical systems must be reliable and resilient in the face of hazards such as earthquakes and flooding. Extensive efforts will be needed to adapt civil infrastructure to withstand adverse changes in weather and climate. Our research and teaching serve the needs of a growing and increasingly urban world population that requires sustainable improvements in standards of living.

MS: Plan I

  • Thesis required and approved by a committee of 3 faculty members
  • 20 units with at least 8 in graduate courses of E&PM
MS: Plan II
  • 4-hour closed-book written comprehensive examination is required. Students select 4 questions out of typically 6 questions. Passing grade for each question is 80%. A second chance in the form of a written assignment or oral examination by at least 2 faculty members is allowed.
  • 24 units with 12 in graduate courses of E&PM

USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

University requirements

Program requirements

A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or recognized equivalent.Sufficient undergraduate education for graduate work in your chosen field.A satisfactory scholastic average, with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) for application consideration.Score of the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken during the past five years. CEE does not require a GRE subject test but the General GRE Test is required. Both the "Old" GRE and the "Revised" GRE are accepted.Graduate ApplicationGeneral InstructionsProposed Degree ProgramPersonal InformationExam ScoresGrade Point AveragePersonal StatementsRecommendationsAcademic InterestsFellowship Application: Domestic StudentsNeed-based Financial AidFellowship Application: International StudentsFellowships for Non-US citizensGSI/GSR/Reader AppointmentsTranscriptsPay Application FeeFee WaiverApplication ResultsStatement of Intent to Register (SIR)Prerequisites1 year college-level calculus1 year college-level physical science (e.g. Physics 7A & 7B)1 semester probability and statistics1 semester elementary linear algebra English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 TOEFL paper-based test score : 570 TOEFL iBT® test: 120


US News & World Report's rankings for 2015 has our graduate program in civil engineering #1 and our environmental engineering #1. Environmental engineering has held the #1 spot for the past 6 years; civil engineering has been in the top 2 for the past 12 years. For 2015, our undergraduate program in environmental engineering is #1 and our civil engineering program is in the top 3.

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