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CEE PhD Detailed Admissions Information

Admissions Committees:

A number of departmental committees, comprised of civil engineering faculty members, carefully consider all completed applications to Civil and Environmental Engineering's advanced degree programs. The committees make all decisions regarding admission to our advanced degree programs. Decisions are based on thorough evaluations of all aspects of completed applications, which are considered within the context of the program pool.

Items considered in admissions decisions:

  • Student’s academic record and experiences
  • letters of recommendation
  • statement of purpose

Important submission notice:

Applicants are requested not to send individual faculty members or staff informal documents and appeals for informal evaluations. We are unable to provide informal recommendations or evaluations on the basis of partial information such as a CV, test scores, or a transcript. Inquiries and materials sent to individual professors will be redirected to administrative staff. We encourage potential applicants to consider discussing their issues with faculty recommenders who know them well and could give better, individualized academic advice.

Prerequisites:

While most applicants to our advanced degree programs have traditional civil engineering backgrounds, we do accept applications from students in other related fields. Those with non-traditional backgrounds should expect, if admitted, to spend some additional time acquiring the background necessary to complete a graduate degree in civil engineering. For reference, the requirements for a Stanford BS in civil engineering can be found in the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.

Decision Timeline:

Final decisions are not made on a rolling basis, but rather when the pool is complete, after the deadline date.  Applicants are usually informed of their acceptance to a degree program in either March or early April. All offers of financial aid (e.g., fellowships, assistantships) will made by early April, most often through a separate letter offering financial aid.

Visit Day:

Admitted PhD applicants will be invited to participate in our Civil and Environmental Engineering Visit Day held during the spring. Admitted PhD applicants will be notified of the CEE Visit Day timeline in their letter of acceptance. Those seriously considering Stanford for their doctoral work should reserve that date for their visit

Apply on Graduate Admissions Website

All applicants must complete an official application, using the university's online forms and procedures, and following the directions from the Office of the Registrar, Graduate Admissions. Please visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information about our graduate admissions process at Stanford University and to apply for graduate admission.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this page provides department-specific requirements that you will need to fulfill as part of your application. These details are not on the Graduate Admissions website.

CEE Visit Day Tea Time

Visit Day for Admitted Graduate Students

Admitted PhD applicants will be invited to participate in our Civil and Environmental Engineering Visit Day held during the spring. Admitted PhD applicants will be notified of the CEE Visit Day timeline in their letter of acceptance. Those seriously considering Stanford for their doctoral work should reserve that date for their visit