Environmental Engineering Graduate Programs

Those looking to advance their education in environmental engineering can do so through several master's programs, or even a doctorate program. Continue reading to find out more about available programs and career opportunities. Schools offering Energy Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Graduate Programs in Environmental Engineering

Master of Science in Civil Engineering/Master of Environmental Engineering

A Master of Science in Civil Engineering is a two-year program in which students can focus on an environmental engineering specialty; alternatively, some schools offer an MS in Environmental Engineering. For both, prospective students typically need an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, a qualifying score on the GRE, along with either a bachelor's degree in a related field or qualifying coursework. For those who have no qualifying undergraduate credits, certain prerequisite courses may be available within the school. Common classes include Aquatic Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Water Treatment Systems, Microbiology and a thesis (for thesis-track degree programs). These graduate degrees prepare students for careers in environmental management, monitoring, and consulting.

Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering

A Master of Engineering has similar requirements and outcomes as the MS degree options. An MEng degree is usually more career-focused and may require a portfolio for graduation. Classes that may be covered during the program include those of the MS degrees, such as Aquatic Chemistry and Water Treatment Systems. A Master of Engineering can prepare students for careers in environmental engineering and hydrology.

Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering

A Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering can be completed through many schools with either a master's or a bachelor's degree previously completed. Those who do not hold a master's degree may need to complete additional courses such as aquatic chemistry or microbiology for engineers. A Ph.D. program will typically include courses such as advanced aquatic chemistry, chemical engineering thermodynamics, and advanced environmental engineering. Ph.D. students are required to complete significant research and a dissertation, preparing them for careers as environmental engineers, biochemists, and more.

Degree Program Program Length Program Requirements Related Careers
MS in Civil Engineering 1 to 3 years Bachelor's degree in related field or
Qualifying undergraduate credits with bachelor's degree
Civil Engineer
Landscape Architect
MS in Engineering 1 to 3 years Bachelor's degree in related field or
Qualifying undergraduate credits with bachelor's degree
Environmental Engineer
Environmental Scientist or Specialist
Master of Engineering 2 years Bachelor's degree in related field or
Qualifying undergraduate credits with bachelor's degree
Environmental Engineer
Hydrologist
Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering 2 years Master's degree or
Bachelor's degree with qualifying prerequisite completion
Environmental Engineer
Biochemist

Careers for Graduates of Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineer

Environmental engineers strive to improve waste disposal and recycling, public health, and pollution control. They may address international issues like climate change and the sustainability of the environment. Environmental engineering is a growing field and gives employees both civil and government job opportunities.

Civil Engineer

Civil engineers design, build and supervise construction and maintenance of infrastructures for both private and public organizations. They have to consider financial, environmental and other factors when creating and implementing projects to ensure regulations are met and minimal impact is made on the environment.

Environmental Scientist or Specialist

Environmental scientists and specialists find the best methods for collecting data and completing research and analyses. They collect data from the environment through samples of water, soil, air, and other materials to be used in studies. They use their knowledge to protect the environment and help reduce waste.

Hydrologist

Hydrologists study how water moves both through and across the Earth's crust. They review how precipitation affects rivers and groundwater, as well as how waters evaporating make their way back into the ocean. A hydrologist works to understand how water affects the environment and how environmental changes affect water quality and quantity.

Biochemist

Biochemists study chemical principles of biological organisms and processes. A biochemist may create and conduct research, review and write literature, and present research findings. A degree in environmental engineering enables a biochemist to possess the appropriate research skills and environmental knowledge needed for expected duties.

Job Title Median Salary (2018)* Estimated Job Growth (2018-2028)*
Environmental Engineer $87,620 5%
Civil Engineer $86,640 6%
Environmental Scientist or Specialist $71,130 8%
Hydrologist $79,370 7%
Biochemist and Biophysicist $93,280 6%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Graduate students in environmental engineering can obtain and MS, MEng, or even a Ph.D. in around two years. Holding a master's degree or Ph.D. enables one to work in several fields and positions ranging from environmental engineering, hydrology, biochemistry, civil engineering, and more.

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