PhD Program

The degree is offered under the authority of the Grove School of Engineering of the City College of the City University of New York. The Department of Civil Engineering offers doctoral programs of study in the following areas:

  • Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Transportation

For admission forms and further information, please write to the Executive Officer, Ph.D. Program in Engineering, Graduate Office, Grove School of Engineering, The City College, New York, NY 10031, or to the department's doctoral advisor.


To be eligible for admission, an applicant must possess a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or in a closely related area appropriate to the intended field of study from an accredited institution. The applicant's academic record must demonstrate promise of superior performance in advanced study and research. The general Graduate Record Examination is recommended.

General College Admission Requirements

General Application Due Dates:
For Fall:     May 1st
For Spring: November 15th
For Financial Aid Priority Consideration: February 1st



  1. Obtain, by completion of 30 credits of graduate work, the consent of a faculty member to act as his/her research mentor.
  2. Satisfactorily complete 60 credits of approved graduate work (30 credits beyond the masters degree), of which at least 30 must be taken at the City University; (up to 12 of these credits may be in research).
  3. Pass a qualifying examination in Civil Engineering, consisting of tests in three general subjects from first year graduate civil engineering curriculum, with a grade of excellent or high pass (First Examination).
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in those research tools considered appropriate by the faculty in the field of specialization.
  5. Present orally and in writing and defend a plan of proposed research (Second Examination).
  6. Satisfactorily complete not later than 8 years after matriculation a dissertation which embodies original research and is a publishable contribution to engineering and/or science; for a student who is matriculated after the completion of at least 30 credits of acceptable work, this time will be reduced to 7 years.
  7. Present and orally defend the dissertation (Third Examination).




The Graduate Studies Bulletin

( This document contains descriptions of the program requirements and many of the courses. )

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