Degrees Offered

Professional Practices Master’s Degree Ph.D. Degree

Professional Practices

Following the Association of Environmental Engineering Science Professors’ resolution that the Master’s Degree is the first professional degree level for environmental engineers, this 9-month degree has been designed for recent B.S. Engineering graduates, enabling them to rapidly enter the profession with the appropriate credentials. The Professional Practice M.S. is a broad-based program offering a terminal graduate degree.

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Must hold an accredited undergraduate engineering degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  2. Minimum GRE: Verbal – 150 Quantitative – 155 Analytical – 4.5
  3. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty with whom the candidate has worked

Degree Requirements:

Students are required to complete 30 credits of coursework, including a 3-credit practice-oriented project. Coursework consists of the following (exceptions to this schedule must be approved by the Director of the Program):

Fall semester

ENVE 5210 – Environmental Engineering Chemistry I
ENVE 5310 – Environmental Transport Phenomena -OR- CHEG 5315 – Transfer Operations I
MCB 2610 – Fundamentals of Microbiology
STAT 5005 – Introduction to Applied Statistics -OR- STAT 5505 – Applied Statistics
GEOL 4735C – Introduction to Groundwater Hydrology

Spring semester

ENVE 5251 – Environmental Physiochemcial Processes -OR- ENVE 5211 – Environmental Engineering Chemistry II
ENVE 5311 – Environmental Biological Processes -OR- CHEG 5373 – Biochemical Engineering
CHEG 5385 – Introduction to Air Pollution
ENVE 5340 – Environmental Systems Analysis -OR- ENVE 5830 – Groundwater Flow Modeling
CE 5020 – Independent Design Project


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Master’s Degree

The two-year M.S. in Environmental Engineering has as its primary objective the development of students’ understanding of the subject matter through an emphasis on either research (Plan A) or a comprehensive understanding of a more general nature (Plan B). The M.S. can lead to a professional career in environmental engineering and can be considered a prerequisite for application to Ph. D. programs.

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Minimum entering GPA of 3.0 and a B.S. degree from an accredited institution. Provisional admission is possible for Master’s degree applicants with a GPA of 2.6 if evidence of strong academic and professional ability is presented.
  2. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty with whom the candidate has worked.
  3. Minimum GRE: Verbal – 150 Quantitative – 155 Analytical – 550 or Analytical Writing 4.5

International Students must present documentary evidence of ability to meet all expenses for the first year of study and an acceptable plan for financing the remainder of the program. A minimum TOEFL score of either 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer based) or 79 (internet based) is required.

Students with non-engineering degrees (biology, earth sciences, etc.) may be admitted into the program, but will be required to take undergraduate engineering courses, which cannot be counted towards graduate degree requirements. The student’s advisory committee will determine appropriate undergraduate courses required (see list below) to ensure proficiency in engineering fundamentals and design. The student must meet grade point requirements set forth by the Graduate School and must also complete remedial coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0:

Required Remedial Courses:

For further details on remedial coursework, please see section 3.2 of our graduate handbook. Click here.

Elective Remedial Courses:

For further details on remedial coursework, please see section 3.2 of our graduate handbook. Click here.

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering

Plan A (Thesis Option) 

Plan B (Non-Thesis Option)


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Ph.D. Program

Doctoral study provides the highest level of formal preparation before entering the engineering profession. It is both competitive and challenging and offers special opportunities for learning, research and offers special opportunities for learning, research and application. Together with their professors and mentors, doctoral students comprise a true community of scholars. The student’s advisory committee, which is responsible for overseeing the student’s final achievement, is an integral part of such a community.

Doctoral study in Environmental Engineering is normally completed in three to five years, depending on individual circumstances. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School as outlined in the Graduate School Catalog, each student must meet the minimum requirements of the program as well as complete and successfully defend a dissertation.

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Minimum entering GPA of 3.5
  2. Evidence of the ability to undertake and complete independent work of distinction
  3. Minimum GRE: Verbal – 153 Quantitative – 159 Analytical – 5.0
  4. International students must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 79

Ph.D. Degree Requirements:

  1. Candidates will have completed 45 credit hours in post-baccalaureate coursework including curriculum requirements in the graduate handbook section 3.4.
  2. By the end of the first year of study, candidates must pass a doctoral general examination aimed to test student mastery of core environmental engineering concepts and student ability to integrate concepts across disciplinary areas.The examination process consists of a written response to a research question followed by an oral exam.
  3. Not fewer than six months before the expected date of degree completion, candidates will submit to the Program for official review a prospectus outlining the proposed research as approved by an advisory committee of their choosing. Proposals are reviewed for their written and organizational competence, scope, familiarity with the subject and related research, and potential for making a relevant and original contribution to existing knowledge. The successful prospectus is filed with the Graduate School.
  4. Candidates will write a dissertation demonstrating their ability to formulate a hypothesis, design a protocol to test the hypothesis, and organize, analyze and present an original research project in publishable form. It is commonly expected that two to three articles publishable in major refereed journals will derive from the dissertation.

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