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Prospective Graduate Students

Housed in an outstanding university, UW CEE offers one of the world’s premier graduate programs in the field. UW CEE’s graduate programs are ranked #16 for civil engineering and #27 for environmental engineering for 2020, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Why UW CEE graduate studies?

UW CEE offers cutting-edge curriculum for graduate students pursuing a master’s or Ph.D. degree. Graduates enjoy rewarding careers in industry or academia, where they make a difference in the world.


The majority of graduate students are admitted annually, in autumn quarter, although a few online programs welcome new students on a quarterly basis. Learn about the various graduate programs and specialty areas:

Master's degree program
A master’s degree can increase competitiveness in the job market, advance an existing career, or serve as a gateway to a Ph.D. degree. UW CEE offers master's degree programs in six specialty areas with thesis and Professional Master's Program options. Depending on the focus area, students can select from in-person or online courses or a combination.

Online master's programs
Pursue a master’s degree on a schedule that works for you with online courses taught by UW faculty. Four online master’s degree programs are offered: Ph.D. program
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is intended for candidates with a high level of scholarship who are interested in conducting independent and original research in their chosen field of interest.

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