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Graduate Program

The department offers programs of study leading to an M.S. degree in civil engineering or a Ph.D. degree. Financial assistance is available in the form of teaching and research assistantships and fellowships. Graduate students work closely with faculty on research projects at the forefront of technology.

Graduate students choose to specialize in one of the seven technical areas:

  • Construction Engineering and Project Management (CEPM)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Material Engineering
  • Structure Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

The department is internationally known for water resources research and computer software developed by faculty members. The department has a close partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Center, enabling students to study alongside practicing engineers. The CEPM program is supported through a number of dedicated endowments and extramural funding and is renowned for its research excellence.


Download the program flyer for current research topics.

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Department Chair
Dr. L. Sebastian Bryson
(859) 257-3247

Director of Graduate Studies
Dr. Mei Chen
(859) 257-9262

Refer to the Graduate Handbook for additional program information and admission criteria.


The Department of Civil Engineering offers a variety of graduate fellowships including CSX, Durr, Garver, Nichols, Raymond-Terrell, Vaughn-Melton, Walker, Dean Fellowships, Lauderdale, and Raymond Fellowships. To be considered for one of these fellowships, the student must be nominated by his/her faculty advisor. For further information, applicants may discuss with their faculty advisor or the director of graduate studies.

College of Engineering Fellowships

Varying types of graduate student aid are available. Contact Monica Mehanna regarding college-wide funding for engineering graduate students.

Graduate School Fellowships

Various types of fellowships are also available from the Graduate School of the University of Kentucky.  Information can be found here.