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This archived information is dated to the 2008-09 academic year only and may no longer be current.

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Graduate Programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), in collaboration with other departments, offers eight graduate degrees structured in three degree programs described below. The Atmosphere/Energy Program offers degrees with that designation. The Built Environment Program offers degrees with five designations: Construction Engineering and Management, Design/Construction Integration, Geomechanics, and Structural Engineering and Sustainable Design Construction. The Environmental and Water Studies Program offers degrees with two designations: Environmental Engineering and Science, and Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology. The final portion of this section describes University and departmental requirements for graduate degrees.

Research work and instruction under the three programs are carried out in these facilities: Building Energy Laboratory; Environmental Engineering and Science Laboratory; Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (EFML); Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory; Structural Engineering Laboratory; and water quality control research and teaching laboratories. The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center conducts research on earthquake engineering including advanced sensing and control, innovative materials, and risk hazard assessment. Research and advanced global teamwork education is conducted in the Project Based Learning (PBL) Laboratory. In collaboration with the Department of Computer Science, the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) employs advanced CAD, artificial intelligence, communications concepts, and information management to integrate participants in the facility development process and to support design and construction automation. The Collaboratory for Research on Global Projects (CRGP) is a multi-school, multi-university research program aimed at improving the performance of global engineering and construction projects, with a special focus on sustainable infrastructure in developing countries.

University Requirements—The University requirements governing the M.S., Engineer, and Ph.D. degrees are described in the "Graduate Degrees" section of this bulletin.

Admission—Applications require online submission of the application form and statement of purpose, followed by three letters of recommendation, results of the General Section of the Graduate Record Examination, and transcripts of courses taken at colleges and universities. See Policies for each of the department's programs are available by referring to

Successful applicants are advised as to the degree and program for which they are admitted. If students wish to shift from one CEE program to another after being accepted, an application for the intradepartmental change must be filed within the department; they will then be advised whether the change is possible. If, after enrollment at Stanford, students wish to continue toward a degree beyond the one for which they were originally admitted, a written application must be made to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Financial Assistance—The department maintains a continuing program of financial aid for graduate students. Applications for financial aid and assistantships should be filed by December 16, 2008; it is important that Graduate Record Examination scores be available at that time. Applicants not requesting financial assistance have until March 17, 2009 for the online submission.

Teaching assistantships carry a salary for as much as one-half time work to assist with course offerings during the academic year. Up to half-time research assistantships also are available. Engineer and Ph.D. candidates may be able to use research results as a basis for the thesis or dissertation. Assistantships and other basic support may be supplemented by fellowship and scholarship awards or loans. Continued support is generally provided for further study toward the Engineer or Ph.D. degree based on the student's performance, the availability of research funds, and requisite staffing of current projects.


Some of the department's graduate students participate in the Honors Cooperative Program (HCP), which makes it possible for academically qualified engineers and scientists in industry to be part-time graduate students in Civil and Environmental Engineering while continuing professional employment. Prospective HCP students follow the same admissions process and must meet the same admissions requirements as full-time graduate students. For more information regarding the Honors Cooperative Program, see the "School of Engineering" section of this bulletin.

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