How to Apply

Graduate Admission Deadlines:

Although applications are reviewed year round, applicants are strongly advised to adhere to the following timelines to assure timely processing. Later submissions will be reviewed, but the department cannot guarantee all paperwork will be processed in a timely manner.

  • March 31- for the following fall semester
  • Sept. 30- for the following spring semester

Documents required by the department (directly submit them through ApplyYourself)

  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose (one page single spaced)
  • Three letters of recommendation directly from the references

Note: We recommend the Statement of Purpose address the following points: (1) background/pertinent work/research experience; (2) your current research interests and;  (3) your near-term objectives/goals (e.g., work in industry after graduation/pursue a Ph.D.)

Documents required by the Graduate School:

  • Official GRE score from ETS
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS score (international students only)
  • Official transcripts for all colleges that you previously attended

Application Procedure:


(1). It is an applicant’s responsibility (i) to request the testing center to send official GRE score, TOEFL/IELTS score (international students only), (ii) request colleges to send all official college transcripts to the Graduate School (106 Hargis Hall, Auburn, AL 36849), (iii) submit department required documents (letter of intent and resume) through the ApplyYourself web site, and (iv) provide names and email addresses for your references to submit the recommendation letters online through the ApplyYourself website.  If you request the information about your application status, you should have already submitted all above applicant materials.

(2). Any transcripts directly uploaded by the student in the AY system are not considered as official transcripts.  Official transcripts should be sent to Auburn University either by the college where you attended or by the student if official transcripts are provided in a sealed envelope by the university.

(3). It takes time for all application materials to arrive at Auburn University and to be ready for the admission review.  When you request information about your application status by email, please provide your name, which semester and year you plan to enter, and in which specialty area you plan to pursue your graduate study (the civil engineering department has the following seven specialty areas: construction engineering and management, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulics/hydrology, pavements and materials, structural engineering and transportation engineering).

Minimum scores:

GRE: Verbal ≥ 140; Quantitative ≥ 150; Writing ≥ 3.0

For International students: Students MUST SCORE at least 550 on the paper TOEFL (pBT), or 213 on the computer TOEFL (cBT), or 79 on the internet TOEFL (iBT) or 6.5 Overall Band Score on the IELTS. On the iBT, students must score a minimum of 16 on the four component parts of the iBT (reading, listening, speaking, and writing).

Auburn University's ETS institution code for GRE and TOEFL is 1005.

GPA requirements:

≥ 2.75 for undergraduate work and ≥3.0 for graduate work (if applicable).

Last Updated: 1/16/19 4:52 PM