The graduate application process at Iowa State is “self-managed,” which means that the applicant manages his/her own application.
The CCEE department has a rolling admissions process, meaning applications are reviewed throughout the year. For priority consideration for fall semester, applications should be submitted by Jan. 1. For the spring semester, applications should be submitted by July 1.
Please remember that the admission process may take several months to receive an admission decision.
Sending Graduate Application Materials
Required by the Office of Admissions
- Application and fee
- Official GRE scores (sent by testing services)
- Official TOEFL or ILETS score (sent by testing services)
By mail to the address below:
- Financial statement (international applicants only)
- Official academic transcripts
Graduate Admission’s Office
Iowa State University
100 Enrollment Services Center
Ames, Iowa 50011-2011
Required by CCEE department
Three (3) letters of recommendation are required electronically with your application.
Please Note: The preferred way to send letters of recommendation is through the online recommendation process. Letters of recommendation sent by mail slow down the admission process. If you must submit hard copies of your recommendation letters, send them to:
Civil Engineering Graduate Program
Iowa State University
394 Town Engineering Bldg.
Ames, Iowa 50011-3232
Do NOT send official transcripts or any copies of your transcripts to the Civil Engineering Graduate Program.
You will be contacted by email if any of your application materials are missing.
Due to the volume of applications, please do not call or email asking for the status of your application. It may take several months for an admission decision to be made.
Before you fill out your application, consider these important points:
- A graduate applicant preferably should have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in civil or construction engineering. Some associated disciplines are accepted on a provisional basis and those applicants may be required take additional classes.
- Applicants must have a class rank placing them in at least the upper 50% in their undergraduate class.
- Applicants with records or scores that meet or exceed these guidelines are not guaranteed admission.
- Financial aid in the form of an assistantship may be considered for an applicant only after they have been admitted to Iowa State University. Usually most assistantships are considered for students after they arrive at Iowa State University. Assistantships generally are not offered to students admitted on a provisional basis until after they complete any required prerequisite courses or to students admitted on a restricted admission status because of a low GPA. Not all students who want an assistantship will be given an assistantship. There are not enough assistantships for all students.
- Iowa State University cannot process an application until it is complete, so please make sure the university has received all the materials for your application. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all application materials have been sent.
Questions and Application Status Check
Contact the Graduate Admissions Office with questions about materials sent to the Admissions Office.
Before contacting the department, please read our list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have questions, contact the department’s graduate secretary, Kathy Petersen, at firstname.lastname@example.org about materials sent to the department.