Civil Engineering
Application Deadlines
Fall:February 15
Winter:September 5
Spring:February 5
Summer:February 5
Contact Information: 
430 EB, Provo, UT 84602-4081
(801) 422-2811
Program Requirements: 

The PhD degree is awarded to candidates who have made a significant contribution to knowledge in a particular specialization of civil and environmental engineering and complete a dissertation. Electronic submission of the dissertation is required. Adequate course work is necessary to provide a foundation of expertise for quality research.

Requirements for Degree.

  • Credit hours
    • Candidates with a master’s degree:  minimum 54 approved semester hours.
    • These hours include:
      • At least 36 hours must be graduate-level courses (up to 18 hours of 500+ level courses can be transferred from the master’s degree if approved by the graduate committee)
      • A minimum 18 hours dissertation
  • Candidates without a master’s degree:  minimum 54 approved semester hours
    • These hours include:
      • At least 36 hours must be graduate-level courses
      • A minimum 18 hours of dissertation
  • Students with no advanced mathematics, statistics, or science in their baccalaureate degree may be required to take additional courses in these areas.
  • Program of study: the graduate program of study must be submitted during the first year of doctoral study
  • Evaluations: evaluation of the student's graduate program progress by his/her department advisor is required at least twice each academic year.
  • Residency requirements: residency is required for the major part of the work.  This work must be completed under the specific direction of a graduate faculty member while the student is in residence at BYU.  "In residence" is defined as (1) being registered for credit as a graduate student and (2) living and conducting research in the general vicinity of the university, where the student has ready access to research facilities and consultation with the faculty.  Further, all work must be completely open for university review and publication. Any exceptions to the above must be supported by written approval from the department and college and obtained in advance of any work being performed.  In addition, a doctoral student must register for a minimum of 6 hours in two consecutive semesters.
  • Comprehensive qualifying examination: students must take and pass a comprehensive qualifying examination based on graduate course work. After passing this examination, the student is accepted to candidacy for the doctoral degree.  The examination is offered when the candidate completes two semesters of coursework and must be taken at least one year before completion of the degree.
  • Prospectus: students must submit and successfully defend a written prospectus on their proposed dissertation research topic at least one year before completion of the degree.
  • Dissertation.
  • Oral defense of dissertation.

For a more detailed description of the graduate program requirements, see: and

Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests

GRE for both US citizens and international students
TOEFL for international students (score of 580 paper-based, or 85 iBT -- {22 speaking and 21 in all other categories})

Additional Requirements

  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation - request letters of recommendation from previous professors or professionals
  • Statement of intent
  • Describe your educational and career objectives and how graduate work will fit those goals
Program Outcomes: 

Math and Science

Is Competent in fundamental civil engineering math and science.

Problem Solving

Solves applied problems using state of the art tools and methods in at least one of the Civil and Environmental Engineering specialty areas: geotechnical, structures, transportation/materials, or water resources/environmental.

Researching Relevant Literature

Appreciates the contributions of others and can research the relevant literature of the chosen specialty discipline.

Researching Independently

Researches independently, thus making a contribution to new science in chosen specialty.

Articulating and Teaching Challenging Technical Problems

Articulates results of challenging technical problems to the intended audience with an ability to teach these difficult concepts to others.