Doctor of Philosophy Program



The Department offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in civil and environmental engineering. Within this degree program, students can choose among various areas of focus.

Program Overview

As one of the fastest growing fields in the U.S. and developing countries, new methods and technologies are emerging in civil and environmental engineering. Environmental engineering students use one of the world's largest wastewater treatment plants as a real-world laboratory to improve the water quality of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Structural engineering students study earthquake engineering, extreme event design of structures, and bridge design on a state-of-the-art, six-degrees-of-freedom earthquake simulator. And transportation engineering students learn from faculty and experts at GW's National Crash Analysis Center and the Federal Outdoor Impact Laboratory.

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy program is designed for individuals who want to focus on careers in creative scholarship or research. You acquire a broad but balanced background combined with guidance in research. The two-stage program begins with course work in your general area and an original research project that is documented in a dissertation and defended in a final examination. For more information, please see the CEE Doctoral Student Handbook.

Areas of Focus

Select any of the areas of focus below to see their course requirements:


Program Entry

The department offers a Fall, Spring, or Summer semester program entry for its PhD program. To apply for Summer semester entry for the PhD program, the deadline is March 1. (By faculty advisor invitation only)