Program Description


The program is designed with flexibility in mind for both full-time students and working professionals. The program can be completed in one year if students take four classes in both the fall and spring semesters, and two classes in the summer. Working professionals typically take two or more years to complete the program by taking two classes per semester and one per summer. 

Degree Requirements

  • Must complete 30 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00
  • At least 16 semester hours must be at the 600 level
  • Successful completion of the comprehensive examination (CIVL 600)
  • Must not get below a grade of "B" in any 500 level course
  • Must complete the core and elective requirements for the Water Resources Engineering or Environmental Engineering emphasis.
  • Must possess an undergraduate Engineering degree OR have passed the Engineer-in-Training/Fundamentals of Engineering (EIT/FE) examination administered by National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) prior to applying for graduation. Students who do not qualify under this condition will receive the Master of Science degree in Environmental Science upon completion of the program.

Thesis (Optional)

Preparation of a Master's Thesis is optional in either the M.S. in Engineering or the M.S. in Environmental Science program and can fulfill up to a maximum of 6 semester hours of elective course requirements. The student may enroll up to a maximum of 3 semester hours of Master's Thesis in any given semester. The student electing the thesis option must obtain a thesis advisor before Departmental consent will be considered. Formal requirements may be obtained from the Department. The Thesis must conform to the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering requirements.

Change of Emphasis

The student has the option of emphasis in two areas: Water Resources Engineering or Environmental Engineering. A student may change from Water Resources Engineering emphasis to Environmental Engineering emphasis and vice versa at any time before graduation. This change should be discussed with and approved by the Program Director. However, the student must complete the core and elective course requirements for the selected emphasis before taking the Comprehensive Exam (CIVL 600).