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PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering: Civil Engineering University of New Mexico




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Graduate school offers leadership and management opportunities. An advanced degree has the potential to open doors far wider than a bachelor’s degree. It allows you to move up and go far in your field. You also need an advanced degree to work in academia and research. Other benefits include more control over your career and the chance to follow different career paths.

A sampling of our research areas: Microbial activities to improve environmental quality, bio mechanics, intelligent transportation systems, uncertainty analysis, and nanomaterials for structural composites. Please see the Research tab for additional information about the research being conducted in the department.

Concentrations are available in six areas:

  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Water Resources
  • Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics
  • Transportation and Traffic Engineering

The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 48 credits of course work plus 18 hours of dissertation credits. Generally, the MS-CE degree completed at UNM counts for a maximum of 30 credits of course work. For students with an MSCE degree from another university, a maximum of 24 credits may be applied as transfer credits. For all students, at least 24 credits must be taken at UNM and at least 18 credits must be completed after admission to the PhD program in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. In addition, 18 credits must be earned at UNM in courses numbered 500 or above. Ph.D. students must complete the M.S. core course requirements established in their area of specialty.

Seminar Requirement: IN ADDITION to the requirements listed in the above paragraph and the general University doctoral degree requirements listed in the UNM catalog, students must take 4 hours of Graduate Seminar, CE 691.

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Full Time (Minimum of 48 credits of course work plus 18 hours of dissertation credits)

Tuition fees

$24,942.00 (17,91,584) per year


01-Jun-20, 17-Aug-20


School of Engineering

210 University Blvd. NE,


New Mexico,

87131, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Earned degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor degree. Please note that some bachelor degrees are based on a three-year program and are not considered equivalent to the U.S. bachelor degree.

Academic Preparation: Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 scale or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) university course work and in any graduate work already completed.

English Proficiency Test Requirements: Graduate TOEFL: PBT – 550; IBT – 79, Graduate IELTS: 6.5, Graduate Pearson Test of English: 53.

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