Graduate Programs

Expect to be challenged. Expect to excel.

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers five master's and five doctoral degree programs that serve as the launching points for a wide variety of academic and career destinations.

CEE graduate students choose uniquely challenging paths toward their intended degrees. Most will work within one of six affinity groups, each of which conducts a variety of interdisciplinary research initiatives within the School, across campus, and with other universities around the world. This interdisciplinary approach to research attracts a broad array of corporate, governmental and research foundation support. Students can also gain valuable work experience through graduate assistantships in CEE, the Georgia Tech Cooperative Education Program, and the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

Our degrees:

 

Admissions Flowchart


Application Submitted to CEEatGT
  • for summer and fall admission: December 15
  • for spring admission: August 31
Initial Processing
  • typically 3-4 weeks after application deadline
Faculty Review  
  • approximately 6-8 weeks; faculty review for admissibility and funding 
Decisions Issued
  • by March 30 for Summer and Fall
  • by October 30 for Spring
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Please keep in mind, master’s degree applicants are typically admitted for fall semester.

Admission to the Ph.D. Program

Our Ph.D. program is available to selected students who have an excellent academic background and the capability to conduct independent research. Applicants must have earned an acceptable master's or bachelor's degree. Ph.D. applicants must choose a CEE discipline or specific field of study. After consulting with faculty, the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies grants or denies the applicant admission to the Ph.D. program in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Admission to the Ph.D. program does not constitute admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. (Candidacy requirements are discussed here.)

Personal Statement Guidance

The personal statement, or statement of purpose, is your opportunity to clearly outline your academic, professional, and career objectives. Additionally, it is your chance to tell us why you wish to pursue these objectives through graduate studies in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. Your statement should discuss your background — including academic, research, and professional experience — as well as any unique specifics related to your qualifications for a graduate program. In short, your statement should address:

  1. Why you wish to attend graduate school;
  2. Why you wish to specifically attend the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech; and
  3. How our program can help you reach your long-term goals.

 

Test Scores

  MINIMUM SCORE INSTITUTE CODE DEPARTMENT CODE NOTES
GRE 155 (quantitative only) R5248 1102

Official score reports will be sent directly from the testing agency to Georgia Tech. All GRE subset scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing) are required for all applicants, and the TOEFL is required for all international applicants. International students who have attended a U.S. college or university for at least one academic year will not be required to provide a TOEFL score.

TOEFL 90
(minimum 19 in each subsection)
5248 65

If you know your test scores when completing the application, note them in the space provided on the application form. Although an application may be reviewed based on your self-reported scores, many faculty wish to see the official scores during their review. We advise you to plan accordingly so that your official scores arrive before the application deadline.

Explore CEEatGT Academic Groups

Construction and Infrastructure Systems Engineering

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The technological evolution of construction and infrastructure systems engineering in the last few decades demands a new generation of modern engineers.

Our students become those engineers — professionals who understand the accelerating pace of technology and how it impacts architecture/engineering/construction practice. They know how to build and manage civil infrastructure projects and systems that excel in safety, quality, operational, environmental and other requirements. But more than that, they learn to advance the cutting edge of technology.

Construction and Infrastructure Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech acts as the platform for technological change in the industry. As a result, our graduates help their organizations work smarter and understand the impact of emerging technologies on their practice. We teach our graduate students advanced technological approaches and methods and encourage them to research and develop new ones, always with a focus on the human dimension that enables them to understand how their ideas impact people and processes. Students participate in state-of-the-art fundamental and applied projects in the construction and infrastructure systems engineering areas of information technology and systems, data and system modeling and visualization, automation and robotics, infrastructure sensors and sensor systems, risk analysis, and other advanced technology-based areas.

The interdisciplinary nature of construction and infrastructure systems engineering encourages students to supplement their graduate program with courses from other areas at Georgia Tech, including computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, building construction, and industrial and systems engineering.

PEOPLE

Baabak Ashuri
Associate Professor
Daniel Castro
Adjunct Associate Professor
Yong Kwon Cho
Associate Professor
T. Russell Gentry
Adjunct Associate Professor
Laurence J. Jacobs
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor
Lawrence F. Kahn
Professor Emeritus
Kimberly E. Kurtis
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship & Professor
Jamia Luckett
Administrative Professional, Sr.
Eric Marks
Professor of the Practice & Group Coordinator
John E. Taylor
Frederick Law Olmsted Professor
Iris Tien
Assistant Professor
Yi-Chang James Tsai
Professor

Environmental Engineering

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Our Environmental Engineering program provides comprehensive educational and research opportunities in air, land, and water science and engineering. Our faculty members have a broad range of experience and expertise. They work in top-notch research facilities. They collaborate extensively with other engineering and science faculty across campus.

That means we attract the highest-caliber students from a variety of engineering and science backgrounds. And we design your master’s or Ph.D. program specifically for your professional goals.

Our program is a key component in campus-wide initiatives on biological engineering, bioscience and biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials science and technology, sustainable technology and development, environmental science and technology, and energy systems.

Key Research Areas:

  • Air pollution: emissions, formation, transport, and deposition of aerosols
  • Chemical and environmental multiphase transport processes
  • Environmental and analytical chemistry
  • Environmental biotechnology for bioremediation of contaminated soil, sediments and waters
  • Hazardous substances in sediments, soils, waters and residues
  • Nanotechnology in the environment
  • Physical, chemical and biological processes influencing subsurface fate and transport of contaminants
  • Physicochemical processes for water and wastewater treatment
  • Sustainable technology and development

PEOPLE

Mustafa M. Aral
Professor Emeritus
Joe Brown
Carlton S. Wilder Assistant Professor
Yongsheng Chen
Professor
John Crittenden
Director, Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, Hightower Chair...
Maohong Fan
Adjunct Professor
Janet Hatt
Senior Research Scientist/Lab Manager Konstantinidis Group
Yongtao Hu
Senior Research Scientist
Ching-Hua Huang
Professor & Group Coordinator
Jennifer Kaiser
Assistant Professor
Kostas T. Konstantinidis
Professor
John H. Koon
Professor of the Practice
Lekia Mauesby
Administrative Professional Sr.
James A. Mulholland
Associate Chair for Graduate Programs and Research Innovation &...
M. Talat Odman
Principal Research Engineer
Spyros G. Pavlostathis
Professor
Armistead G. Russell
Howard T. Tellepsen Chair & Regents Professor
F. Michael Saunders
Professor Emeritus
Jim C. Spain
Professor Emeritus
Marc Stieglitz
Associate Professor
Costas Tsouris
Affiliate
Ambarish Vaidyanathan
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Xing Xie
Carlton S. Wilder Assistant Professor
Sotira Yiacoumi
Professor
Guangxuan Zhu
Senior Research Scientist

Geosystems Engineering

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Our geosystems engineering program merges geotechnics, geophysics, geomechanics and geology.

We focus on the behavior of natural materials in engineered systems, encompassing traditional and emerging topics within the field — like advanced techniques for site and material characterization; constitutive and micromechanical modeling; natural and man-made hazard mitigation; engineered soils; biotechnology; geotechnical aspects of resource recovery; and foundation design, slope stability, and excavation support.

Our graduate students work with world-class faculty to conduct fundamental and applied research using analytical, numerical, and experimental methods. They also help us teach and participate in a wide range of professional development and social activities coordinated by the Georgia Tech Geotechnical Society.

Facilities

Geosystems instruction facilities, research groups and laboratories occupy more than 10,000 square feet of custom space in the Mason Building. The research groups include:

Geoenvironmental Engineering Group

In-Situ Testing Research Group

Rock and Fracture Mechanics Research Group

PEOPLE

Chloé Arson
Associate Professor
Rudolph Bonaparte
Professor of the Practice
Susan E. Burns
Associate Chair for Finance and Administration & Georgia Power...
G. Wayne Clough
Secretary Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution; President Emeritus, Georgia...
Sheng Dai
Assistant Professor
Jenny Freeman
Administrative Professional Senior
J. David Frost
Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham Professor & Group Coordinator
Haiying Huang
Associate Professor
James Lai
Professor Emeritus
Jorge Macedo
Assistant Professor
Paul W. Mayne
Professor
Glenn J. Rix
Adjunct Professor
J. Carlos Santamarina
Adjunct Professor

Structural Engineering, Mechanics, and Materials

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Our program’s academic and research activities have earned an international reputation for excellence — a reputation strengthened by an environment that fosters learning, discovery and creativity.

That world renown comes from our work in: creative use of advanced structural materials and composite systems to improve infrastructure; earthquake engineering; cladding effects on, and hybrid control of, the response of tall buildings to earthquakes and wind; steel connection design and behavior; and structural reliability and risk assessment.

Our students learn about — and conduct advance research on — structural analysis and design, the behavior of structural systems, earthquake engineering, engineering science and mechanics, high-performance materials, computer-aided engineering, risk and reliability, and intelligent engineering learning environments.

They are encouraged to form partnerships with each other and our faculty members to develop their skills and advance our profession. And we foster a multidisciplinary environment where we’re developing solutions to engineering problems of national and international importance.

Facilities

Our School is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and instruments for all aspects of modern structural engineering and structural mechanics and materials research. This includes:

  • An 18,000-square-foot Structures and Materials Laboratory with an 8,000-square-foot strong floor, an L-shaped reaction wall with capacities of 100-300 kips, and two 30-ton-capacity cranes. More… (Learn about construction of this facility in STRUCTUREmag.)
  • A broad range of universal testing machines, with capacity to 400 kips.
  • Specialized facilities for mechanical testing with infrared thermography and photoelastic stress/strain analysis.
  • A nondestructive evaluation/optics laboratory.
  • A laser scanning confocal microscope.
  • Numerous high-performance workstations equipped with state-of-the-art software in structural engineering and mechanics.

PEOPLE

Nelson C. Baker
Dean, Professional Education & Associate Professor
Reginald DesRoches
Adjunct Professor
Bruce R. Ellingwood
Professor Emeritus
T. Russell Gentry
Adjunct Associate Professor
Barry Goodno
Professor
Laurence J. Jacobs
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor
Lawrence F. Kahn
Professor Emeritus
Jin Yeon Kim
Senior Research Engineer
Kimberly E. Kurtis
Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship & Professor
Roberto T. Leon
Adjunct Professor
Jamia Luckett
Administrative Professional, Sr.
Rafi L. Muhanna
Associate Professor
Glaucio H. Paulino
Raymond Allen Jones Chair & Professor
David W. Scott
Associate Professor
Lauren Stewart
Director of the Structural Engineering and Materials Laboratory &...
Phanish Suryanarayana
Associate Professor
Iris Tien
Assistant Professor
Yang Wang
Associate Professor; Adjunct Associate Professor (ECE)
Gerald Wempner
Professor Emeritus
Donald W. White
Professor
Kenneth M. Will
Associate Professor Emeritus
Chuang-Sheng (Walter) Yang, P.E.
Research Engineer II & Instructor
Arash Yavari
Professor & Group Coordinator
Abdul-Hamid Zureick
Professor

Transportation Systems Engineering

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Transportation systems are the building blocks of modern society. Efficient and safe movement of information, people, goods and services ensures a thriving economy and improves our quality of life.

Our students study not only the efficient, safe design and operations of these critical linkages but also the systems’ influence on our travel behavior, how we design our communities and the quality of our environment. Working with our faculty of world-renowned scholars, graduate students also help improve the design and performance of our transportation systems as well as our understanding of how they fit into the environmental, institutional and social contexts of our society.

Students supplement their core technical transportation courses in urban planning, traffic engineering, highway and transit facility design, administration, and statistical analysis with interdisciplinary coursework from other units across Georgia Tech.

Facilities

Our research facilities include a unique traffic signal lab, an instrumented vehicle lab, and the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) laboratory.

PEOPLE

Adjo A. Amekudzi-Kennedy
Associate Chair for Global Engineering Leadership and Entrepreneurship...
Giovanni Circella
Senior Research Engineer
Samuel D. Coogan
Assistant Professor
Laurie A. Garrow
Professor
Randall L. Guensler
Professor
Angshuman Guin
Senior Research Engineer
Michael P. Hunter
Professor
Marjorie S. Jorgenson
Administrative Professional Senior
Jorge A. Laval
Associate Professor
John D. Leonard
Adjunct Associate Professor
John Z. Luh
Part-Time Lecturer
Patricia L. Mokhtarian
Susan G. and Christopher D. Pappas Professor & Group Coordinator
Srinivas Peeta
Frederick R. Dickerson Chair & Professor
Michael O. Rodgers
Regents Researcher
Catherine Ross
Adjunct Professor
Frank Southworth
Adjunct Principal Research Scientist
Wonho Suh
Affiliate
Yi-Chang James Tsai
Professor
Kari E. Watkins
Frederick Law Olmsted Associate Professor
Yi-Ching Wu
Research Engineer II

Water Resources Engineering

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Graduate students in Water Resources Engineering can expect a stimulating and diverse educational experience where you participate in innovative experimental, computational and modeling research that creates new knowledge.

Our program focuses on water, air, and land systems, with emphasis on the science and engineering applications of environmental transport processes and sustainable resource management. And our students and faculty members develop their research into new technologies that benefit engineering practice in fluid mechanics, hydraulics, hydrology, hydroclimatology, and water resources.

Facilities

The Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory includes a large constant-head tank, a 4.3 m wide sediment scour flume, a 24 m long tilting flume, a recirculating flume for cohesive sediment resuspension, a recirculating salt-water flume, a density-stratified towing tank, and a 24 m long wave tank. Instrumentation includes Acoustic Doppler Velocimetry (ADV), Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV), Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF), and three-dimensional visualization.

The Computational Laboratory includes a 16-node (64 CPUs) High Performance computing cluster and a number of Linux workstations. An eight-CPU, 32GB RAM visualization workstation was recently added. Our graduate students also have access to Georgia Tech's high performance computing systems and several European supercomputers.

Field instrumentation includes pressure transducers and ther mistors; a Campbell Scientific Eddy Covariance Tower System that directly measures sensible, latent and CO2 fluxes between the terrestrial landscape through the atmosphere. This tower includes soil moisture probes, a rain gauge and dataloggers. Additional equipment includes an ISCO portable water sampler with ultrasonic level sensor and rain gauge, a depth-integrating suspended sediment sampler, a bed sediment sampler, a PPP Spectral Analyzer, and current meters.

PEOPLE

Rafael L. Bras
Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, K. Harrison...
Francesco Fedele
Associate Professor
Hermann M. Fritz
Professor
Aris P. Georgakakos
Professor and Director, Georgia Water Resources Institute
Kevin A. Haas
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Programs & Associate Professor
Martin Kistenmacher
Research Engineer II
Jian Luo
Associate Professor
Lynette McLeod
Administrative Manager I
Philip J. Roberts
Professor Emeritus
Terry W. Sturm
Professor
Jingfeng Wang
Associate Professor
Donald R. Webster
Karen and John Huff School Chair & Professor