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Graduate School

Civil Engineering Ph.D.


Campus or APOGEE (distance education) options

  • Major: Civil Engineering
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
  • School/College: Engineering and Computing

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See the program curriculum and learn about admission. 


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Fall Preferred Application Deadline: May 1
Spring Preferred Application Deadline: September 1
Summer Preferred Application Deadline:  April 25

International Applicants Deadline: International applicants should have the application submitted and all supporting documents finalized 3 months prior to above noted deadlines to allow for the VISA process.

Required Documents

  • Statement of Intent, 1-2 pages in length (clearly indicate the program area of interest and summarize your motivation to pursue graduate studies)
  • Curriculum Vitae (to include: Education, General Research Interests, Publications, Computer Skills, Work Experience, Teaching Experience, Awards & Honors)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Official GRE Test Score 
  • Official TOEFL Exam Scores (for international students whose native language is not English, IELTS scores accepted where TOEFL is not available)

Applications Accepted for These Semesters...

  • Fall Semester
  • Spring Semester
  • Summer Semester (graduate course offerings are limited in summer)

Areas of Concentration 

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Railway Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources

A Note from the Program

Thank you for your interest in the Ph.D. Degree, Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Carolina. We also offer several graduate level courses and a Graduate Certificate in Railroad Engineering area of interest to meet the growing demands of the rail industry for workforce development.

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