Environmental Engineering (MS)

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Environmental Engineering (MS)

Do you want to learn how environmental engineers create solutions for the most pressing challenges facing society? This is your opportunity to take environmental engineering courses and participate in research with faculty experts in water quality, water treatment and reuse, biotechnology, nanotechnology and emerging topics.

Program Description

Degree Awarded: MS Environmental Engineering

The MS program in environmental engineering is designed for students who have a background in agricultural, biological, chemical, civil or environmental engineering or related fields.

The program provides students with advanced knowledge that can be applied when addressing grand challenges facing society, such as how to supply clean water and safe food, design a future without pollution, recover valuable resources from waste, and create healthy and smart cities.

Environmental engineers study nanotechnology, biotechnology, water resources engineering, and sustainable engineering.

At a Glance

Degree Requirements

30 credit hours and a thesis, or
30 credit hours and a written comprehensive exam, or
30 credit hours and an applied project (EVE 593)

Required Core (12 credit hours)

CEE 561 Physical-Chemical Treatment of Water and Waste (3)
CEE 562 Environmental Biochemistry and Waste Treatment (3)
CEE 563 Environmental Engineering Chemistry (3)
CEE 567 Environmental Microbiology (3)

Electives or Research (6 – 12 credit hours)

Other Requirements (6 credit hours)

CEE 560 Soil and Groundwater Remediation (3)
CEE 564 Contaminant Fate and Transport (3)
EVE 568 Environmental Risk Assessment (3)
EVE 571 Water Quality Modeling (3)

Culminating Experience (0, 3 or 6 credit hours)

EVE 593 Applied Project (3) or
EVE 599 Thesis (6)
written comprehensive exam (0)

Additional Curriculum Information

Students complete a thesis, applied project or take a written comprehensive exam as the culminating experience. Regardless of the culminating experience chosen, all students in the program complete six credit hours from the other requirements course list. Other requirement coursework may be substituted with approval of the academic unit.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in environmental engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, agricultural engineering, biological engineering or a related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor’s degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in an applicable master’s degree program.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Proof of English proficiency


Additional Application Information

An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

Those seeking a teaching assistantship must demonstrate proficiency in spoken English with a score of 55 or better on the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit or a score of 26 on the speaking portion of the TOEFL.

The student’s credentials for admission are evaluated by the graduate program chair. A student whose undergraduate degree is not in environmental engineering or a related field is required to take appropriate undergraduate courses as deficiency courses to establish a base of knowledge in the discipline. Deficiencies for admission to the graduate degree program are specified at the time of admission.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a professional resume and personal statement.


Career Opportunities

Graduates with a master’s degree in environmental engineering are employed in engineering consulting, private industry, local and federal government, and nongovernmental organizations.


Contact Information

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment | CAVC 437
[email protected] | 480-965-0595