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What will I learn?

Major Fields or Sub disciplines

Civil Engineering Materials; Environmental Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering; Structural Mechanics; Structural/Earthquake Engineering.

Course Requirements

There is no formal course requirement for the Ph.D. degree, and one may theoretically substitute course work by examinations. Normally, however, the student takes courses to acquire the knowledge needed for the written preliminary examinations. The basic program of study for the Ph.D. degree is built around one major field and one super-minor field or two minor fields. A super-minor field is comprised of a body of knowledge equivalent to five courses, at least three of which are at the graduate level. When two minor fields are selected, each minor field normally comprises a body of knowledge equivalent to three courses, at least two of which are at the graduate level.

Which department am I in?

Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

Study options

Full Time (24 quarters)

Tuition fees
US$32,374.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science

7400 Boelter Hall,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 570 in paper based TOEFL.

For international students

Applicants normally should have completed an M.S. degree program with at least a 3.25 grade-point average, and hold a B.S. degree with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent. Normally the M.S. degree is required for admission to the Ph.D. program. Exceptional students, however, may be admitted to the Ph.D. program directly.

IELTS Academic overall band score should be at least 7.0 is the minimum required.

TOEFL score on the paper and pencil test must be at least 560 or at least 87 on the internet-based test.

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


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