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We are rewriting the way educational programs incorporate sustainable engineering planning, design and construction processes. Our unique blend of civil and environmental, construction engineering and construction management programs—coupled with a focus on sustainable engineering—enables us to train students who can impact the entire lifecycle of the built environment, from planning to design to construction.

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Pursuing an advanced degree with us, you can:

  • analyze complex urban systems that involve quantification of risk and uncertainty in engineering design and construction
  • develop green technologies from novel materials, biotechnological approaches to carbon and nitrogen cycle management and design for disassembly of urban infrastructure
  • apply sustainable practices in all areas of urban infrastructure through partnerships with industry and municipal governments—water resources and treatment, geotechnical management, transportation materials and analysis of transportation systems, novel composite materials, green building techniques, building information modeling and computational approaches to design

Civil, environmental and sustainable engineering

A broad range of theoretical, computational and experimental research programs have been established in civil and environmental engineering to prepare graduate students for careers in professional practice and research. If an admitted student does not have an undergraduate degree in civil/environmental engineering, they may be assigned deficiency courses specific to their specialty area. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in each deficiency course. Students are admitted to one of the following research specialty areas:

Environmental Engineering

The Environmental Engineering program has two general themes: environmental processes occurring in arid regions of the world and multidisciplinary sustainability related projects to address societal issues in developing urban environments. We look at the unique aspects of air and water pollution and sustainable development. Some of our ongoing research that has attracted national funding is in the areas of sustainable engineering of urban systems, environmental biotechnology and environmental nanotechnology.

Additional Requirements
If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil or environmental engineering, the following general description of course deficiencies constitute the common requirement. Additional deficiency courses may be placed based upon the applicant's background. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra, physics and chemistry.
  • CEE 210 and CEE 212 Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics or equivalent.
  • CHM 114 General Chemistry for Engineers or equivalent.
  • CEE 341 Fluid Mechanics for Civil Engineering or equivalent.
  • CEE 361 Introduction to Environmental Engineering or equivalent.

Please see Environmental Engineering program description for more information, a list of courses, and faculty.

Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering at ASU is focused upon unsaturated soil mechanics, waste mechanics and geotechnical earthquake engineering. ASU is a leader in unsaturated soil mechanics applied to the performance of pavement subgrades and the impact of expansive soil upon foundations. Our unsaturated soil mechanics laboratory is one of the finest in the world and our Enamul and Mahmuda Hoque laboratory has unique, large scale equipment for static and dynamic testing of waste materials. Our research strengths include the seismic design of geosynthetic lined landfills, groundbreaking work on microbially-induced carbonate precipitation for remediation of earthquake hazards, mitigation of geologic hazards and environmental protection and remediation.

Additional Requirements
If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, the following deficiencies constitute the minimum requirement. Additional requirements may be placed based upon the applicant's background. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations and linear algebra, physics and chemistry.
  • CEE 210 and 212: Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics.
  • CEE 213 Introduction to Deformable Solids or equivalent.
  • CEE 351 Geotechnical Engineering or equivalent.

Please see Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering program description for more information, a list of courses, and faculty.

Hydrosystems Engineering

Hydrosystems Engineering encompasses the technical areas of hydrology, hydraulics and water resources engineering with sustainable considerations of water policy, management and environmental remediation.

Additional Requirements
If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil or environmental engineering, the following general description of course deficiencies constitute the common requirement. Additional requirements may be placed based upon the applicant's background. Students must obtain a minimum grade of "B" in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra, physics and chemistry.
  • CEE210 and CEE212 Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics or equivalent.
  • CEE 341 Fluid Mechanics for Civil Engineering or equivalent.

Please see Hydrosystems Engineering program description for more information, a list of courses, and faculty.

Structural and Materials Engineering

The Structural and Materials Engineering program encompasses a multitude of areas such as structural analysis and design, steel and concrete structures, timber and masonry structures, matrix and computer methods, buildings, bridges and dams, power plant design, wind analysis and design, finite element method, earthquake analysis and design, stability of structures, nonlinear structural analysis, structural failure, pre-stressed concrete structures, lifeline analysis and design, applied optimal design, probabilistic methods, structural dynamics, composite materials, stress analysis, cement based materials and experimental methods.

Additional Requirements
If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, the following deficiencies constitute the minimum requirement. Additional requirements may be placed based upon the applicant's background. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra, physics and chemistry.
  • CEE 210 Engineering Mechanics: Statics
  • CEE 212 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics
  • CEE 213 Introduction to Deformable Solids or equivalent.
  • CEE 321 Structural Analysis or equivalent.
  • CEE 353 Civil Engineering Materials or equivalent.
  • CEE 420 Steel Structures or equivalent, and/or CEE421 Concrete Structures or equivalent.

Please see Structural and Materials Engineering program description for more information, a list of courses, and faculty.

Sustainability Engineering

The Sustainability Engineering specialty area emphasizes flexibility and individuality. Students from many different engineering and physical science backgrounds may enter this specialty area and design a plan of study that supports their original research and professional development goals. Faculty in the Sustainability Engineering specialty area study topics at the intersection of multiple fields, including alternative energy, transportation, earth systems and the environment.

Additional Requirements
If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, the following deficiencies constitute the minimum requirement. Additional requirements may be placed based upon the applicant's background. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra, physics and chemistry.
  • CEE 210 and CEE 212 Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics or equivalent.
  • CHM 114 General Chemistry for Engineers or equivalent.

Please see Sustainability Engineering program description for more information, a list of courses, and faculty.

Transportation Engineering

The Transportation Engineering program has two general themes: transportation systems, and pavements and materials. Faculty in transportation systems focus on traffic operations and simulation, intelligent transportation technologies, traveler safety and risk, travel behavior, transportation systems simulation and transportation planning applications. The Pavements and Materials program addresses pavement analysis and design, pavement performance and management, material testing and characterization and development of new and more efficient construction materials.

Additional Requirements
If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, the following deficiencies constitute the minimum requirement. Additional requirements may be placed based upon the applicant's background. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra, physics and chemistry.
  • CEE 210 and CEE 212 Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics.
  • CEE 213 Introduction to Deformable Solids or equivalent.
  • CEE 353 Civil Engineering Materials or CEE 372 Transportation Engineering.

Please see Transportation Engineering program description for more information, a list of courses, and faculty.

Construction Engineering

The Construction Engineering graduate program is a multidisciplinary program encompassing the areas of geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and construction engineering and management-related topics. The degree focuses on a combination of design and management topics preparing the student for a career working at the interface of design and construction; it is especially desirable to those students who are interested in a career emphasizing construction of infrastructure.

The program is designed for students who are interested in continuing their education in engineering with a focus on construction. The MSE Construction Engineering degree will also help graduates meet new licensure and professional practice requirements such as those recommended by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the professional society for all civil engineers, which is strongly pushing for a master's degree as the minimum degree required for all practicing civil engineers.

Additional Requirements
If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in civil or construction engineering, the following deficiencies constitute the minimum requirement. Additional requirements may be placed based upon the applicant's background. Students must earn a grade of B or better in each deficiency course.

  • Sufficient courses in mathematics including but not limited to calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, physics and chemistry.
  • CEE 210 Engineering Mechanics: Statics or equivalent
  • CEE 212 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics or equivalent
  • CEE 213 Introduction to Deformable Solids or equivalent
  • CEE 321 Structural Analysis & Design or equivalent
  • CEE 351 Geotechnical Engineering or equivalent
  • CEE 353 Civil Engineering Materials or equivalent

Please see Construction Engineering program description for more information.

Construction Management programs

The graduate degree programs in Construction Management, Del E. Webb School of Construction (DEWSC) offer opportunities for study beyond the bachelor's degree while focusing on one of two areas: construction management or facility management. Studies may lead to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). If an admitted student does not have an undergraduate degree in construction management, they may be assigned deficiency courses specific to their specialty area. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better in each deficiency course.

Graduate study, particularly that leading to the PhD, has as a goal of ensuring independent scholarship, originality, and competence in research. Research opportunities are available in a broad spectrum of subjects encompassing traditional as well as new specialties. The DEWSC faculty is engaged in significant research in the following areas:

  • Alternative project delivery methods
  • Front end planning
  • Asset management
  • Cleanroom construction
  • Computer applications in construction
  • Concrete construction
  • Leadership and management
  • Trenchless construction methods
  • Performance information procurement systems
  • Productivity
  • Residential construction
  • Safety and risk
  • Sustainable development

Additional Requirements

The program curriculum expects that Applicants will have a proficiency in the following subjects:  PreCalc Math, Physics, Strength of Materials, Estimating, Scheduling, Contracts, and Computer Applications in Construction.

If an Applicant does not have adequate proficiency in one or more of the aforementioned subjects, the department and university offers courses in which the student can enroll to gain proficiency while concurrently enrolled in and pursuing courses for the graduate degree program.  If necessary, the program chair will determine which proficiencies are required for each Applicant with consideration of their prior degree(s) and relevant work experience.

For initial proficiency evaluation, please complete this form for department review of previous coursework and experience:Construction Management Additional Requirements Evaluations.

Please see Construction Management program description for more information.

student profile

Kirk Vance

Concrete is the most widely used material in building infrastructure and its use is expected to increase. Production of cement—the binding component in concrete—is one of the largest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions, contributing nearly eight percent of global CO2 emissions each year.

Kirk Vance, a doctoral student pursuing a degree in civil engineering with a focus on structural engineering, is researching cement replacement materials that are more sustainable and economical.

His work focuses on limestone, an abundant, naturally occurring material, along with fly ash and metakaolin.
Vance spent 10 years in industry before returning to pursue his Ph.D. at ASU.

He was attracted to the project, an NSF CAREER award led by Associate Professor Narayanan Neithalath, because, "it is valuable research and can have an impact in the near term."

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undergraduate applications

ASU prefers online applications for all new students. Get started at ASU’s student website or go directly to the online application.

graduate applications

Priority applications dates for our programs are July 1 for spring semester admission and January 1 for fall semester.

Online applications are made through ASU’s Graduate College and not directly to the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

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