FAQs

Program

  1. Where can I learn about the graduate program requirements? 
  2. Can I transfer coursework?
  3. How can I schedule a visit with the department?
  4. I am currently a graduate student at The Unversity of Texas at Austin. Can I complete a Change of Major application to apply to CAEE?
  5. Am I required to have an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering to apply?
  6. What professional development and extracurricular activities are available for students?
  7. What are the requirements to enter the graduate program?
  8. How long does it typically take to finish the degree?
  9. I have contacted faculty and haven't received a response. What do I do now?
  10. Who are the faculty in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering?
  11. What are the application statistics for the department?
  12. How do I apply to the EWRE PHD program?  The application to EWRE only offers the MSE option.
  13. I have questions that are not answered on the website or CAEE Graduate Program Handbook. Who should I contact?

Admissions

  1. When is the application due and when should I submit it?
  2. Can I submit materials late?
  3. Do I have to take the TOEFL?
  4. Is there an application fee waiver?
  5. Where do I send paper/print documentation?
  6. Can you tell me the status of my application?
  7. Can you confirm that materials have been received by the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) and International student and Scholar Services (ISSS)?
  8. I am concerned my references will not submit by the deadline. What do I do?
  9. When will I know my admission status? 
  10. I am an international student. What additional requirements must I fulfill? If I am accepted what paperwork do I need to complete?
  11. My GRE or TOEFL scores expire before the application deadline. If I apply before they expire, will they still count?
  12. I applied last year and wasn't accepted. Can you provide me with specific feedback on my application?
  13. How do I submit my transcripts as part of the application for admission? Do I need official transcripts?
  14. I can't find the application on ApplyTexas. Where is it?
  15. I  haven't taken the GRE yet. Is it required? How late can I take it?
  16. Do you have a cut-off or minimum scores for the GRE?
  17. Can I apply to multiple graduate programs at UT Austin?

Funding

  1. What funding will I receive if admitted? 
  2. How do I apply for a fellowship, teaching assistant or graduate research assistant position?
  3. What is the requirement to become a TA or GRA?
  4. What is the minimum stipend for TAs and GRAs?
  5. Will I receive any other benefits of employment?
  6. Are master's students funded? 
  7. Should I apply for financial aid?
  8. Is there any financial support for traveling to conferences and meetings?
  9. Am I required to pay taxes?

Program

  1. Where can I learn about the graduate program?
    The best resource to learn about the graduate program is the CAEE Graduate Program Handbook. The handbook covers all program requirements, including detailed information about coursework, milestones, supervisor selection and general departmental information. All questions about the program should be directed first to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. Can I transfer coursework?
    UT Austin permits the transfer of up to 6 hours of coursework to the M.S.E., as long as those courses do not count toward another conferred degree. PhD students who earned an MSE or completed graduate-level coursework prior to admittance at UT Austin are eligible to receive credit for up to 6 hours of coursework toward the Ph.D. program of work.
  3. How can I schedule a visit with the department?
    Due to the overwhelming number of requests to visit our department, we do not conduct individual visits. Applicants who are offered admission may  have the opportunity to visit during recruitment events. To meet with a faculty member outside of a recruitment event, contact them directly.
  4. I am currently a graduate student at The University of Texas Austin. Can I complete a Change of Major application to apply to CAEE?
    Change of major applications are not accepted. Even if you are currently a UT graduate student, you must apply to the program.
  5. Am I required to have an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering to apply?
    The department accepts students from a variety of backgrounds, including engineering, natural sciences, geology, math, physics, computer science, and more. We recommend a number of college-level prerequisites be complete at the time of application.
  6. What professional development and extracurricular activities are available for students?
    Our students participate in national and departmental engineering organizations and serve in leadership roles in the CAEE Graduate Advisory Board, Graduate Student Assembly, Graduate Engineering Council and other student organizations. Our department hosts graduate student symposia and students are encouraged to attend seminars in any areas that are related to their work.A number of students attend and present at national and international conferences each year and the department offers travel awards to assist with costs. 
  7. What are the requirements to enter the graduate program?
    Learn more about requirements here
  8. How long does it typically take to finish the degree?
    The time to completion varies but averages 5 to 6 years for the Ph.D. degree and 2-3 years for the M.S.E. degree while studying full-time. 
  9. I've contacted faculty and haven't received a response. What do I do now?
    Our faculty teach, research, and travel often. Follow up with them. If after a while you still cannot get in touch, you may contact the Graduate Coordinator.
  10. Who are the faculty in the department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering?
    Learn more about our faculty here.
  11. What are the application statistics for your department?
    Application statistics are maintained by the Graduate School and can be found here.
  12. How do I apply to the EWRE PHD program?  The application to EWRE only offers the MSE option.
    Students seeking a PHD in EWRE should apply to the PHD in Civil Engineering.  At UT the Civil Engineering PHD is the umbrella program for all PHD research areas, including EWRE. 
  13. I have questions that are not answered on the website or the CAEEGraduate Program Handbook. Who should I contact?
    Contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Admissions

  1. When is the application due and when should I submit it?
    Applications for admission are due December 15 each year for fall admission. After submitting the initial application and paying the application fee, it takes up to 48 hours to receive the link to upload required documents. Submit your application well in advance of the deadline to ensure all materials are received on time.
  2. Can I submit materials late?
    Yes, you may submit materials after the priority deadline December 15.
  3. Do I have to take the TOEFL?
    International applicants are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS and submit official, valid, unexpired scores as part of the application process. The score must be valid at the application deadline.  Some international applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL. Learn more.
  4. Is there an application fee waiver?
    Some U.S. students are eligible for a fee waiver.  Learn more.
  5. Where do I send paper/print documentation?
    All application materials must be submitted online. If you must submit paper documents, do not send them to the CAEE department. Instead, send materials to Graduate and International Admissions.
  6. Can you tell me the status of my application?
    Applicants may check their application and materials submission on the MyStatus page.
  7. Can you confirm that materials have been received by the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) and International student and Scholar Services (ISSS)?
    The department cannot confirm that application materials have been received. You may check the MyStatus page.
  8. I am concerned my references will not submit by the deadline. What do I do?
    After entering your recommender’s information in the application, an automatic email will be sent to them with instructions for submitting their recommendation online. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that reference letters are submitted prior to the deadline. Once you have submitted your application, you can use the self-service feature on the MyStatus page to resend the Request for Reference email to your recommenders, if necessary. You can use this site to supply an alternate email, such as Gmail, if your recommender's spam filter blocks the original request or has removed the link. Submitting an early application will ensure your recommendation letters are received by the deadline.
  9. When will I know my admission status?
    You will receive notification typically by the end of March for fall admission. 
  10. I am an international student. What additional requirements must I fulfill? If I am accepted, what paperwork do I need to complete?
    Review our admissions page to learn more about required application materials. You should also review the International Student and Scholar Services page.Applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents must apply using the domestic application. Students who are permanent residents of the U.S. are not required to submit TOEFL scores. 
  11. My GRE or TOEFL scores expire before the application deadline. If I apply before they expire, will they still count?
    Your scores must be valid at the application deadline.
  12. I applied last year and wasn't accepted. Can you provide me with specific feedback on my application?
    Each year we receive a large number of competitive applications and are not able to provide individualized feedback. Know that every applicant's materials are reviewed. Coursework, GPAs, scores, references, personal statements, and CVs are all heavily considered in the admissions process.
  13. How do I submit my transcripts as part of the application for admission? Do I need official transcripts?
    Find information and instructions on how to submit your transcripts here
  14. I can't find the application on ApplyTexas. Where is it?
    The Cockrell School of Engineering uses a separate application and does not accept the ApplyTexas application. Find the correct application here.
  15. I haven't taken the GRE yet. Is it required? How late can I take it?
    The GRE general test is waived for 2021. Learn more about how GRE scores are used in our holistic evaluation process.
  16. Do you have a cut-off or minimum for the GRE?
    No; we do not use cut-off scores or exclude applications based on GRE scores. All applications received are reviewed using a holistic process. 
  17. Can I apply to multiple graduate programs at UT Austin?
    Yes, you may apply to multiple graduate programs at UT Austin.

Funding

  1. What funding will I receive if admitted?
    Many admitted students will not receive an offer of funding prior to starting the program, particularly in the MS degree plan.  If faculty extend an offer of funding, it is typically sent after the initial letter of admission.   
  2. How do I apply for a fellowship, teaching assistant, or graduate research assistant position?If admitted, the department may nominate you for institutional fellowships. You will be contacted if we need additional information or materials from you, there is no additional form to complete. Students who are not funded by a fellowship may be offered a teaching assistantship (TA) or graduate research assistantship (GRA) after admittance as recommended by the faculty.Although not guaranteed, MSE students may apply for TA positions, both in CAEE and in other, related departments, to earn a stipend, funding toward tuition and fees, and health insurance coverage.  Students may earn funding through a GRA position as well. More information about student employment policies are provided by the Graduate School.  Faculty will make all decisions regarding hiring in these positions, the department does not centralize the hiring process. 
  3. What is the requirement to become a TA or GRA?
    Students are not required to work
    Please note these conditions for employment: https://gradschool.utexas.edu/finances/student-employment/conditions
  4. What is the minimum stipend for TAs and GRAs?
    Incoming CAEE Ph.D. students GRA stipend rate is about $25,300 per year. The stipend may be supplemented with fellowships from the Cockrell School of Engineering. Stipends amounts are checked annually and typically increase in small increments each year.  M.S.E. students who earn a position as a TA or GRA will receive commensurate stipend rates as well.
  5. Will I receive any other benefits of employment?
    Student academic employees (TAs and GRAs) receive a tuition reduction benefit and are eligible for UT’s employee health insurance
  6. Are M.S.E. students funded?
    Master’s students are not guaranteed support but may work as a TA or GRA. 
  7. Should I apply for financial aid?
    It depends on your circumstances since funding is often not offered before admission.  U.S. students may apply through the FAFSA. 
  8. Is there any financial support for traveling to conferences and meetings?
    The department nominates students for travel awards to attend major professional meetings for the fall, spring and summer sessions. Supervisors may also provide support for their students depending on the funding they have available.
  9. Am I required to pay taxes?
    Departmental staff cannot provide tax guidance to students. However, you can learn more about tax considerations here.