Environmental Science and Engineering

Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering

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Participate in innovative research and creative solutions in the 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, 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 more.

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

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, 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 more.

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

Admissions Requirements

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.
  • 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).

To apply:

  • Online application.
  • Statement of purpose including 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.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

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Program Highlights

  • The Environmental Science & Engineering master’s degree is accelerated, so you graduate in just 1 year.
  • With more than $12.8 million in annual research expenditures, nearly 100 patents, and 13 startups, our faculty and students are at the forefront of scientific discovery and real-world translation.
  • Our flexible curriculum allows you to customize your degree program to fit your personal objectives.

University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs (#11) and Best Engineering Grad Schools (#22) by U.S. News & World Report.

How You'll Learn

  • Twelve months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.
  • Courses begin in fall semester only.
  • Take 15 credits from the approved list of Environmental Engineering Specialization courses.
  • Take six credits from a second discipline within the approved list of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) specialization courses, based on your career interests.
  • Take three credits from a third discipline within the approved list of CEE specialization courses, based on your career interests.
  • Take five credits of independent study.
  • Take one credit in a graduate student seminar.

Sample Curriculum

  • Design of Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering
  • Water Chemistry
  • Water Analysis–Intermediate
  • Environmental Sustainability Engineering
  • Chemistry of Natural Waters
  • Chemistry of Air Pollution
  • Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • Energy Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering: Biological Treatment Processes
  • Air Pollution Effects, Measurement, and Control
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Water Treatment Plant Design
  • Environmental Systems Optimization
  • Environmental Organic Chemistry
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Microbiology of Waterborne Pathogens and Indicator Organisms
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Environmental Chemical Kinetics
  • Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering: Physical/Chemical Treatment Processes

Job Outlook

Market Salary
$75K in 2018

Projected Job Growth
8.4% for Environmental Engineers (2016-2026)

Job Postings
6,477 in 2018

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2019.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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