Graduate Pathway in Civil Engineering—Water Resources

Do you want to study for a degree in the United States but need to improve English language skills or test scores? A Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed at a US university. Students are guaranteed progression to a graduate degree program. We provide full integration with domestic and international students on campus from highly trained university instructors and tutors while giving you academic support throughout your program.

This Pathway program leads to the master of engineering program at Colorado State University.

  • 30 credit hour degree program
  • 12 credit hours may apply from Pathway
  • 18 credit hours remaining toward degree
Semester 1
  • English for International Students I
  • Water Resources Planning and Management
  • Physical Hydrology

Semester 2

  • English for International Graduate Students
  • GIS in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Pipe Systems Engineering and Hydraulics


Career Paths

As a graduate of a civil engineering degree program at CSU, you might find work as a:

  • Civil engineer
  • Contractor
  • Design engineer
  • Instructor
  • Research assistant
  • Structural engineer

Graduate Pathway in Civil Engineering—Water Resources

How do I qualify?

Entry Requirements Direct Admission* 2-Semester Pathway
Academic Requirements
  • 4-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university with a 3.0 GPA**
  • Undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering or closely related engineering discipline with a 2.75 GPA
 English Language Requirements
  • TOEFL 80 or
  • IELTS 6.5 or
  • PTEA 58 or
  • Some programs have higher minimum requirements
  • TOEFL 70 or
  • IELTS 6.0 or
  • PTEA 48 or
  • Password 6.5 or
  • Completion of Academic English Level 3 with 75% in all graded courses
Standardized Test Requirements
  • Some programs require GRE test results
  • No GRE required

*If you meet the above direct admission criteria, you may apply directly to CSU. If you do not meet these criteria, we encourage you to apply to our Pathway and English language programs.

**The department may have additional entry requirements. Please visit CSU's Civil Engineering website for more information.


Graduate Pathway in Civil Engineering—Water Resources

When can I start?

2017-18 Dates and Prices

Program Start dates Tuition
2-Semester Pathway January 8, 2018 $29,100

2018-19 Dates and Prices

Program Start dates Tuition
2-Semester Pathway August 13, 2018 
January 14, 2019


Graduate Pathway in Civil Engineering—Water Resources

What are the progression requirements?

After successfully completing the Pathway program, you are guaranteed to enter a CSU graduate program (subject to successful completion of Pathway program and any additional requirements). This transition to university from an INTO CSU program is called progression.

You must meet the following Colorado State University Pathway progression criteria in order to progress:

Progression Requirements ME in Civil Engineering—Water Resources
Academic requirements:
  • Minimum 3.0 CSU GPA & CIVE GPA
  • No grade lower than B in all EAP classes and B- in all CIVE classes
  • No I or U grades; no unresolved W grade in a required Pathway course; no S grades, except in cases of credit earned by exam
Additional requirements:
  • Current résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • 3 professional recommendation letters


What are my degree options after completing the INTO CSU Pathway?

The INTO CSU Graduate Pathway program in Civil Engineering - Water Resources leads to Colorado State University's Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with a specialization in  water resources programs.

The master of engineering (ME) degree is a coursework-only master's degree without the research requirement. The emphasis is on learning specific job-related knowledge and skills presented in graduate level courses.

ME students may elect to take courses with research content, but they will do so primarily as future research consumers and not necessarily as future researchers. 

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