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Environmental Engineering Master's Degree Requirements

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The requirements listed here apply both to the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and the Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in EWRE. In addition to the general Graduate School requirements for the M.S. degree, a minimum of 31 graduate credits must be earned by all degree candidates.

The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering is offered by the EWRE Program.

Students with Engineering Baccalaureate
Two options are available for students entering with an ABET accredited engineering baccalaureate: the Research option and the Professional Practice option. Students receiving financial aid must pursue the Research option. The Professional Practice option is designed to allow students to complete their degree in nine months, following a September admission. Core course requirements differ for the two options.

Core Courses
The core courses are intended to provide students with a basic technical foundation for selection of electives. For the Research option, the required C&E-ENG courses are: 670, 671, 672, 770, and 691 or 692. For the Professional Practice option, the required C&E-ENG courses are: 670, 671, 672, 679, 680, 692, and 770.

Engineering Design Credits
As a minimum, 10 graduate credits in engineering design must be earned. Design credits are obtained from the core courses and from selecting elective courses containing additional design credits.

Electives can be taken according to the student’s professional objectives. At least one of the following C&E-ENG courses must be taken: 525, 560, 577, 579, 660, 661, 680, or 776. Students may take electives from other departments; however, no more than nine graduate credits taken outside the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department can be counted towards the 31-credit requirement.

For the Research option students must complete a Thesis (C&E-ENG 699, 6 credits) or a Master’s Project (C&E-ENG 689, 6 credits).

Students with Non-Engineering Baccalaureate in a relevant science
The master’s degree graduate credit requirements are the same as those spelled out above for students with Engineering Baccalaureate. In addition, to be awarded the degree of Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, the student must satisfy, through previous or present undergraduate and graduate work, the following requirements:

Humanities and Social Science (at least 16 credits)

Mathematics (at least 16 credits beyond trigonometry)
The student must have taken courses equivalent to University courses: MATH 131 Calculus I; MATH 132 Calculus II; MATH 233 Multivariable Calculus; MATH 331 Differential Equations, and a statistics course.

Basic Sciences (at least 16 credits)
Basic sciences are considered to include physics, chemistry, and selected subjects from the life sciences and earth sciences.

Engineering Science (at least 32 credits)

Engineering Design (at least 16 credits)
The engineering science and engineering design requirements are usually satisfied by taking courses in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

A Civil and Environmental Engineering Capstone Design course (C&E-ENG 469) is required as part of this 16 design credit requirement.

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering/Master of Business Administration

For those students interested in an interdisciplinary education that will provide them with a strong foundation in business, a solid background in environmental engineering, and an in-depth research or project experience, the College of Engineering and the Isenberg School of Management offer an M.S.Envr.E./M.B.A. dual master’s degree. In this 73-credit program (42 in Management and 31 in Engineering), students typically complete the two degrees in three years of study, and most of the required M.B.A. coursework (33 credits) in the first year. During the second and third years, students take a total of 31 credits in Engineering (13-17 core credits, 11-12 elective credits, and a 3-6 credit thesis or project) as well as an M.B.A. practicum. Students applying to the M.S.Envr.E./M.B.A. dual degree program must meet the respective admission standards for each program. The GMAT is required for the M.B.A. and the GRE is required for the M.S.Envr.E. degree. Students submit only one application, which is reviewed by both programs. Applicants must be accepted to both programs to enter the M.S.Envr.E./M.B.A. dual degree program.