Current Students

(1). Find and download necessary forms for graduate studies from the Graduate School. If a student wants to change from M.S. to M.C.E. or M.C.E. to M.S. or is finishing the master degree and wants to continue Ph.D. degree, the student can use the form “Request for Curriculum Change.”  The form requires the approve from advisor(s) and the department chair.

(2). All graduate students should get an approval from student’s advisor about what courses you can take each semester.  All graduate courses that you take from Auburn University will be eventually evaluated by student’s advisory committee when graduate courses are included in the official Plan of Study for the degree.  If you register/take courses without your advisor’s approval, those courses may not be approved by the advisory committee for the plan of study, therefore, those courses may not be counted towards the degree.

(3). Create the plan of study using DegreeWorks (see more information from  See instructions for developing your plan of study.

(4). In the last semester that you will plan to graduate, you need to register at least one credit hour of graduate course (e.g., thesis or dissertation), then you need to submit a graduation check request to the Graduate School prior to the semester of expected graduation: Graduation Application and Approval Form  available from the Graduate School web site in addition to defending your thesis or dissertation.

(5). International graduate teaching assistants: All international GTA's are required to submit evidence of satisfactory speaking skills. This can be demonstrated with a score of 23 or higher on the speaking section of the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT), or a score of 7 on the speaking section of the IELTS, or a score of at least 50 on the SPEAK test, which is administered at Auburn University prior to the start of classes. A student may be asked to enroll in a course (INTL 1820) designed to improve the oral communication skills of international teaching assistants. The civil engineering department is responsible for making sure that international GTA's meet the minimum requirements for employment, including but not limited to a satisfactory background check and proficiency in English. For each international GTA, hiring units are required to submit the International Graduate Teaching Assistant Certification of Eligibility for Employment form and supporting documentation. If a student gets a score of the SPEAK test less than 50, the student needs to finish and pass the course (50 on the SPEAK test) before he/she can be hired as GTA. The rule does not apply to graduate assistants who do not involve direct instruction, e.g., grading, preparing labs, etc.

(6). Find more information and policies of graduate study from AU Bulletin (, then select “Graduate School”)

(7). Summary information of civil engineering graduate program (presentation file of 2016 graduate student orientation)

(8). Graduate tuition fellowships for GRA, GTA, and GA:

(9). Graduate Engineering Research Showcase:

(10). Research week/graduate research forum:

(11). The Graduate School offers travel grants to support research presentations at conference and seminars:

(12). Useful information from the Office of International Programs: International Students & Scholars.  If an international student needs to take fewer credit hours (<9 hrs) of graduate courses, he/she needs to file the Full Course of Study Authorization form.

(13). Graduate Student Council at Auburn University (two senator representatives from civil engineering department)

(14). If you have a difficulty to register a particular course, you can contact Debbie Tidwell by email ( for help.

(15). Auburn University Academic Honesty Overview (from Robert W. Barnes)

(16). Who deserves to be an author of a scientific article? (Original paper from Prabhakar Clement).

(17). The following Civil Engineering Special Topics courses (CIVL 6970/7970/7976) have maximum limits for repeating up to 6 or 9 credit hours. Graduate students should follow these guidelines when you plan courses for your graduate study, otherwise, your plan of study may not be approved by the Graduate School since the course repeated more than 6 or 9 credit hours cannot be counted towards your degree.

CIVL 6970 CIVIL ENGINEERING SPECIAL TOPICS (3) LEC. 3. Departmental approval. Special topics of an advanced undergraduate nature pertinent to civil engineering. Specific prerequisites will be announced for each course offering. Credit will not be given for both CIVL 5970 and CIVL 6970. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

 CIVL 7970/7976 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING (1-3) LEC. Individual student or group endeavor under direct faculty supervision involving special topics of an advanced nature in civil engineering. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.


Last Updated: 2/23/18 12:19 PM