Application Process

 Application process is centralized at the university and requires TWO steps as described below:

  1. Apply Online at Cal State Apply (October 1st , 2018 - February 15, 2019)  
  2. Complete the Spring 2019 Department Supplemental Application that will be available  August 31st, 2018 (Within two weeks of Cal State Apply Application submission).
  3. Submit official academic records/transcripts to the Admissions Office within two week of university application submission.  
  • If you have studied at an institution outside of the US, you will need to have your foreign academic work evaluated by International Education Research Foundation (IERF) or World Education Services (WES) for securing admission into the program.
    • IERF - Visit  to create an online application requesting the "Detailed Report”.  The foreign evaluation fee is $165 (USD). When submitting your course work to IERF please make sure to indicate that you were referred by CSU Los Angeles- Graduate Admissions and that you would like to have the official agency copy of the evaluation report sent directly to CSU Los Angeles-Graduate Admissions. 
    • WES - Visit to create an online application, you will need to order the course-by-course evaluation report. $160 for the WES Basic or $205 for the WES ICAP
  • For steps on how to submit your foreign academic records to these agencies, click here

Application Deadline

Application FAQs

  1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score is NOT required (for Civil Engineering Program). However, GRE score can be considered in the admission process and can also exempt graduate students from (GWAR) Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement UNIV 4000 if have a score of 4 on the analytic writing portion of the GRE or GMAT ( For more information please visit the following website: GWAR ). 
  2. Letters of Recommendations NOT require (only upon department request for certain circumstances)
  3. Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a related field with a GPA of 3.0 or better. A promising applicant with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 may be admitted as a special action student. Prerequisite courses may be required for students with a non-civil engineering bachelor's degree, for students from non-ABET accredited civil engineering programs, or for special action students.
  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for students who do not possess a bachelor's degree from an institution where English is the principle language of instruction. A score of 80 ibt or higher is required.  (For additional information please visit the following website: Language Proficiency Requirement)
  5. Currently, there is no teaching or research assistantships offered through the Department of Civil Engineering. Refer to the Center for Financial aid for financial assistance available from federal, state and institutional sources at Cal State L.A.
  6. Go to Student Handbook for more information on the graduate program in Civil Engineering.
  7. Go to University Admission: FAQs page for more detailed information about the university graduate admission.

After Admission FAQs

  1. Note that the applicants who meet all the University requirements are admitted in one of the four following categories: Graduate Classified, Graduate Conditionally Classified, Post-Baccalaureate Classified and Post – Baccalaureate Unclassified.  (For more information please visit the following website: Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Admission Require 
  2. The Civil Engineering Department will conduct advisement/orientation sessions for new incoming graduate students to set up a study plan and determine which prerequisites courses must be taken prior to beginning any courses for your graduate program.Fall 2018 Mandatory New Incoming Graduate Student Orientation, August 15, 2018, 2:00 PM - 4:00PM, Location E&T A-227, you can RSVP HERE.

​       3. Graduare advisors in the Civil Engineering Department.

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