What will I learn?

The UW CEE Construction, Energy, and Sustainable Infrastructure (CESI) research area is a unique mixture of cutting-edge research and teaching. By focusing on research in energy and sustainable infrastructure, UW CESI researchers address pressing needs of society related to some of the biggest infrastructure challenges. These include the sustainability of buildings and roads, infrastructure system impacts from large-scale refugee movements, and how society and engineering come together in the developing world. These topics also feature prominently in the graduate and undergraduate curriculum. Featuring a tight-knit group of faculty, the CESI program is conducive to students working closely with one another and with renowned faculty on diverse projects.

Researchers collaborate with local and national organizations, including the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Transportation Improvement Board, the Green roads Foundation, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the Federal Highway Administration, Puget Sound Energy, the National Science Foundation and Engineers Without Borders. Industry partners, many of which lead national and international construction firms, offer internships and careers that allow students and graduates to build the world's infrastructure and participate in the world's great projects.

CAREERS: CESI program graduates enjoy careers in the construction industry (both vertical and heavy) as well as planning, designing and constructing either energy-related or sustainable infrastructure or both.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (90 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$34,279.00 (25,49,302) per year
Start date

29 September 2021


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, its equivalent from a foreign institution or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System credits.

A 3.0 minimum GPA (based on 4.0 scale) from the last 60 graded semester hours or last 90 graded quarter hours in undergraduate or post-graduate academic coursework is required.

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.