Graduate Admissions & Application

EWRE Admission Requirements

For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing. Most applicants have a Bachelor of Science in some branch of engineering. Those with a degree in natural sciences or mathematics can be admitted but will need to make up course deficiencies in undergraduate preparation as shown in the section on Background Preparation. Exceptional applicants seeking the Ph.D. degree can proceed directly to the Ph.D. program without completing a master's degree.

All applications are considered individually and admission decisions are made collectively by all EWRE faculty. Decisions are based on all applicable items of the six listed below.


A minimum 3.0 GPA out of 4.0 is expected for M.S. applicants, and 3.5 for Ph.D. applicants. This GPA is based on upper-division undergraduate courses and all graduate work.


Applicants must take the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination. Successful applicants typically have a quantitative score of at least 700, an analytical writing score of at least 4.0, and (for those whose native language is English) a verbal score above 500. The ETS code for UT Austin is 6882.


The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all students whose native language is not English. Successful applicants typically have scores of at least 240 on the computer-based test (equivalent to 587 on the older paper-based test and 94-95 on the internet-based test); higher scores increase the chances of admission. The ETS code for UT Austin is 6882.


Three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's abilities are required. Academic references are strongly preferred. When you complete the "References" portion of the online application for admission, you will give the names and email addresses of those you have asked to recommend you. Be sure that the email address is current and accurate. You will be asked to inform us if you are going to waive the right to view your letters after they are submitted. Please indicate this by answering the associated question on the application for admission.

GIAC will send an e-mail message to the address you provide and ask your recommender to visit a web site where they can complete a questionnaire. Your recommender will be informed if you have not waived your right to view his/her letter of recommendation. To monitor and maintain your requests for reference, please go to the status check website. There you can monitor the status of your pending recommendations, resend a Request for Reference email to your recommenders, add a new recommender, and revise your FERPA (right to review) status from retained to waived. If you have additional questions about online recommendation letters, please email

Online submission of recommendations is strongly preferred, but we will accept paper recommendations if necessary.

Personal Statement

A statement describing the applicant's activities, accomplishments, goals, and research interests (to the extent known) is required of all applicants.

Work Experience

For those with work experience beyond graduation (or relevant summer or co-op experience), a summary of the employment record is desired.

Application Information

Applicants are requested to state their interests within Environmental and Water Resources Engineering as specifically as possible by identifying one or more areas of interest. Choose from the list that follows:

  • Treatment Processes
  • Water Resources
  • Fluid Mechanics and Ocean Engineering
  • Water Quality Management
  • Air Resources
  • Environmental Engineering Science

The recommended application due dates for submitting materials for admission are December 15 for fall and summer semesters and September 1 for spring. For applicants seeking financial aid, these dates should be regarded as the final deadline. Decisions on financial aid and fellowship awards for fall semester begin by mid January, and applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all materials by December 15th.

Complete the online Cockrell Graduate Application. When one begins the on-line application, an application number and server space is assigned so that the applicant can access and work on the application as many times as desired until he or she is ready to submit; only after the application is submitted (an instruction on the on-line application) do UT Austin staff and faculty have access to the information.

Please note: The code for Civil Engineering is 621700 and the code for Environmental and Water Resources Engineering is 640100. After you have submitted and paid for your application, you must upload a pdf copy of your official transcript onto the admissions website. If admitted, you will need to send your official transcripts to the Graduate and International Admission Center before you will be allowed to register.

Graduate Coordinator: Contact if you have questions about procedures for applying to EWRE, deadlines, and application status.

Kathy McWilliams
Graduate Coordinator

(512) 232-1709
The University of Texas at Austin
Dept. of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
301 E. Dean Keeton, Stop C1700
Austin, TX 78712-1056

Graduate Advisor: Contact if you would like to schedule a campus visit.

Dr. Paola Passalacqua, PHD
Graduate Advisor

(512) 471-3319
The University of Texas at Austin
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, ECJ 8.6
301 E. Dean Keeton, Stop C1786
Austin, TX 78712-1173