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Graduate Programs

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The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at South Dakota State University offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in civil engineering degrees with concentrations in the following areas:

  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Hydraulic and water resources engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Transportation engineering

The GRE is not required for admission to the Ph.D. and M.S. programs in civil engineering. International students whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL, the IELTS or the Duolingo exam. The minimum required scores are:

  • M.S.
    • TOEFL: 525 (paper based) or 71 (internet based)
    • IELTS: 6.0
    • Duolingo: 100
  • Ph.D.
    • TOEFL: 575 (paper based) or 90-91 (internet based)
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • Duolingo: 115

Please check degree requirements for additional information on the M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

For further questions regarding the civil and environmental engineering graduate program, please contact Guanghui Hua, graduate program coordinator.

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

Graduate students on research or teaching assistantship appointments receive tuition waiver and monthly stipend. The stipend amount depends on the appointment workload.

Graduate teaching assistantships (GTA) are limited and are highly competitive. Students seeking GTA positions must file an application at the department office.

Graduate research assistantships are funded mainly through sponsored research and are decided by the faculty in charge of the research funds. Students interested in GRA positions must contact faculty in their area of interest.