Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. What if I don't have a bachelors degree in civil engineering?
  2. Can I get the application fee waived?
  3. What are the program requirements?
  4. Is the GRE required? What is the minimum score for acceptance?
  5. What is the required TOEFL score for international students?
  6. How does the application process work?
  7. Once my application (or pre-application) is complete, when can I expect a decision?
  8. How do I make sure I am considered for financial aid/funding?
  9. What are my chances of receiving financial aid/funding?

10.  How do I find out what research opportunities exist in my area of interest?

 

1. What if I don't have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering?

Students can be admitted into the Civil Engineering graduate program without having an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. These students are usually admitted under provisional status, given that they do not have a background within the intended field of graduate study. Applicants admitted under provisional status must meet specific criteria. Generally, this criteria includes the completion of undergraduate civil engineering coursework, stated at the time of admission. Provisional admission can be changed to regular graduate student status once all requirements have been fulfilled.

Students should contact faculty members in their area of interest to determine what coursework would be required based on their individual background.

2. Can I get the application fee waived?

No. Applications are not processed until the application fee has been received.

3. What are the program requirements?

Specific program requirements can be found on the requirements page.

4. Is the GRE required? What is the minimum score for acceptance?

The GRE is required for all students (except those graduating from UNH with a BS in either CiE or ENE:MP). 

The department does not have minimum requirements on GRE scores for admission.  However, individual faculty member may have GRE score requirements for funding students.  You are encouraged to contact faculty in your area of interest to inquire about GRE score requirements.

5.    What is the required TOEFL score for international students?

Minimum TOEFL scores are set by the Graduate School.  They can be found here.

6.    How does the application process work?

If you are an international applicant, you must first fill out the pre-application form online.  The department reviews your pre-application and if it is accepted, you are allowed to submit a full application.

Full applications are submitted online through the UNH Graduate School.  Once all your application materials have been received by the graduate school, your application is sent to the department.  The department reviews your application and makes a recommendation on admission to the graduate school.   The graduate school makes the final decision and notifies the applicant.

You may check the current status of your application materials online.  If you have questions regarding status once the application is under review by the department, contact the department administrative assistant.

7.    Once my application (or pre-application) is complete, when can I expect a decision?

Typically, applications take 2-3 weeks for review in the department.

8.    How do I make sure I am considered for financial aid/funding?

The deadline for full financial aid consideration for applicants applying for the Fall semester is February 15th.   Students applying for the Spring semester should have their applications completed by October 15th for full financial aid consideration. 

9.    What are my chances of receiving financial aid/funding?

Teaching Assistant (TA) assignments are made by faculty groups and Research Assistantships are offered by individual faculty members.

Therefore, if you want to be considered for financial aid, you are strongly encouraged to contact faculty members in your area of interest. 

The number of teaching assistant (TA) and research assistant (RA) positions varies from year to year, as does the number of applicants, so there is not a fixed percentage of students that are funded every year. 

10.  How do I find out what research opportunities exist in my area of interest?

You should contact the faculty members in your area of interest as you are in the process of applying.