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Deadlines & Procedures
The Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE) is comprised of two departments - the Department of Civil, Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering and Environmental Engineering Sciences. The application procedures are as follows:
- Select the department to which you want to apply (you can select more than one)
- Select the specialization within the department of your choice (The specializations areas are those designated within the Research link on the ESSIE website.)
- Submit all required documents as outlined below and please note that the entire application process is completed through electronic submission of materials only. Please do NOT mail or fax a copy of your credentials - you will be providing these to us by uploading them to your online application. Also, do not send additional materials (e.g. publications, photographs, videos, CDs, or portfolios) to the Department as they are not seen as additional support for your application and will simply be discarded. The department will not process an application until all electronic documents are submitted through the application system.
- For funding consideration for all applicants:
FALL– December 15 SPRING- September 1
- For admission without funding:
International applicants: FALL- May 1
Application Instructions and Checklist
- Complete the online graduate application (found at www.admissions.ufl.edu) and be certain to provide us with a specialization (research area) and a contact person (faculty member you are interested in working with). A research area is required to have your application reviewed by faculty; faculty acceptance is required for admission.
- The Application Information section of the application request several items:
- College: EG
- Program: Civil, Coastal or Environmental Engineering
- Specialization: You can view our specialization areas at www.essie.ufl.edu/ research. We cannot process your application without an indicated specialization.
- Statement of Purpose: You will need to upload this into your on-line application. This statement should provide us with a clear justification telling us 1) why you are interested in pursuing a degree in the Department, 2) what you have to offer as far as skills and motivation 3) a particular faculty member that you would like to work with 4) your particular area of interest within the field and why. 5) You should also indicate if you need funding or if you have secured your own funding for your entire program of study through personal funds or an outside agency and provide the name of the outside agency.
- Letters of Recommendation: Three must be submitted electronically through this system and the instructions are within the application. Again, we no longer accept paper copies as this slows the review process of your application.
- Transcripts: In the Education Information section, please list every institution you have attended. You will be required to submit official transcripts from each institution that you indicate on your application to the University of Florida, Office of Admissions, 201 Criser Hall, P.O. Box 114000, Gainesville, FL 32611. For some US applicants, transcripts may be forwarded electronically by an institution if there is an agreement with the University of Florida.
International Applicants: If you are an international student, you must submit transcripts in the original language with a certified English translation and a copy of the degree/diploma in the original language with a certified English translation.
- Test Scores: While you are asked to submit all of your test scores within your application, ESSIE requires official scores to be sent directly to the UF Office of Admissions (ETS Institution code: 5812), 201 Criser Hall, P.O. Box 114400, Gainesville,FL 32611. 3. Test Scores: (GRE/TOEFL Test School Code for UF is 5812 the department code is not needed) submitted directly to: University of Florida, Office of Admissions, 201 Criser Hall, P.O. Box 114000, Gainesville, FL 32611.
For CCE, GRE scores are required with the exception of one particular situation while EES has two exceptions. CCE & EES 1) If the applicant holds a Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) certificate or is licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) and he/she will be obtaining a non-thesis Masters degree, the applicant can request a verification from the PE Board of the state where the FE certificate was obtained to use for admissions purposes. This verification should be sent directly to the UF Office of Admissions (not the department.) EES only 2) the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences applicants are also exempt from the GRE requirement if he/she holds a previous Masters degree from a regionally accredited US institution.
Applicants must meet minimum UF/College of Engineering GRE requirements. In addition, applicants to EES are required to meet a higher threshold: a minimum combined score of 297 (1000 using old score scale) on the verbal and quantitative sections (minimum score of 153 verbal and 144 quantitative is preferred).
Typically the average GRE score is 1100 or higher for a master's degree and a 1200 or higher for the PhD based on the equivalencies on the new exam.
International Applicants Only
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) or successful completion of the University of Florida’s English Language Institute program are required of all International students, unless the student’s native language is English or the student has spent at least 1 academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited college or university in a country where English is the official language, if their attendance was in the year immediately prior to UF admission.
The required scores are: TOEFL – paper=550, computer=213, (IBT) web=80, IELTS – 6, MELAB – 77
- Additional Requirements Information:
- Undergraduate upper-division GPA of 3.0/4.0
- At least one year (two semesters or three quarters) of calculus.
- At least one year (two semesters or three quarters) of chemistry.
- One semester of physics and one semester of biology; or at least one year (two semesters or three
quarters) of physics; or at least one year (two semesters or three quarters) of biology.
- All entering students are expected to be competent with using computers to solve problems (e.g. use of
spreadsheets) and present results (e.g. use of word processing and presentation software).
- Each applicant must be accepted by a Faculty Advisor prior to the Department making an acceptance
- *Please note that admission to the Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Engineering online Masters
degree program has the following additional prerequisites: One additional semester of calculus (ie:
Calculus 1, 2, 3); An introductory course in differential equations; One course in the area of Fluid
Mechanics or Hydrodynamics.
- Resume (optional) You may submit your resume as a supporting document. It should be sent directly to the department and can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or it can be uploaded into your admission application if space permits.
NOTE: The Graduate Program Office maintains an applicant's file for only one year. For applicants who re-apply, an entire application package must be submitted with original documentation.