Ph.D. in Civil Engineering
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is an advanced research degree for students wishing to become an expert on a specific area of Civil and Environmental Engineering and train for a career involving independent and cutting-edge research.
The Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering is a mentored opportunity to become an expert on a specific research topic. This degree is recommended for those who expect to engage in a professional career in research, teaching, or technical work of an advanced nature in civil or environmental engineering.
The Ph.D. degree program in CEE is offered in five areas of specialization:
- Construction Engineering and Management (CEM)
- Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE)
- Infrastructure Systems Engineering (ISE)
- Structural Engineering (STR)
- Transportation Engineering (TRN)
A Ph.D. degree at UVA requires successful completion of required coursework plus the three following major milestones: Ph.D. Qualifying Exam, Ph.D. Proposal Defense, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense. Additionally, Ph.D. student in CEE must serve as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for at least one semester.
See below for information on the Civil Engineering Ph.D. program, or download the CEE Graduate Handbook.