Participate in innovative research and be a part of creative solutions with an Environmental Science and Engineering master’s program from UW–Madison.

Is this program right for you?

The Environmental Science and Engineering master’s program from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison teaches you how to apply science to solve complex environmental problems. Our program is multidisciplinary, so you gain a deeper understanding of chemistry, biology, and systems thinking to better approach your work.


In just one year (fall, spring, and summer), learn to comprehensively address practical problems associated with drinking water and wastewater treatment, air quality, environmental chemistry, sustainable design, energy efficiency, and solid and hazardous waste remediation. Additionally, the Environmental Science and Engineering master’s program explores the combination of law and practice, so you discover how to develop and enforce environmental policies and regulations that forge the way for a greener future.


At UW–Madison, our graduate research program is dynamic. Engineering and environmental chemistry professors, visiting professors, academic staff members, and a cadre of research graduate and undergraduate students provide context for your studies. We sustain a broad range of research topics, so you can explore environmental chemistry, wastewater treatment, drinking water treatment, freshwater quality, environmental microbiology, bioenergy production, sustainable engineering design, and many more.


With a Civil & Environmental master’s degree with a named option in Environmental Science and Engineering, you are at the forefront of rapidly developing and world-changing innovations.


What you Learn

  • Apply the latest technologies in drinking water treatment and wastewater treatment
  • Recommend best practices for sustainability and environmental protection of water, soil, and air resources
  • Select the most useful engineering approaches to protect public health from environmentally-derived hazards such as polluted water and air
  • Identify and remediate groundwater and surface water issues to protect natural resources

Where & How you learn


  • Accelerated
  • Face-to-face


  • Complete the program in one academic year (fall, spring, summer)
  • Courses begin in fall semester only
  • Take 15 credits from the approved list of Environmental Engineering Specialization courses
  • 6 credits from a second discipline within the approved list of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) specialization courses, based on your career interests
  • 3 credits from a third discipline within the approved list of CEE specialization courses, based on your career interests
  • 5 credits of independent study
  • 1 credit in a graduate student seminar

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All applicants must:

  • Meet the Graduate School minimum requirements
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from an ABET-accredited engineering program or from a recognized international institution
  • Submit a 1,000 word or fewer statement of purpose; include your technical areas of interest, coursework emphasis, research experience, professional goals, faculty members you are interested in working with, and any other items relevant to your qualifications for graduate school
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 580 (written) or 92 (Internet version)
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

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