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Environmental Engineering Master's Degree Program

UW CEE’s Environmental Engineering Master’s Program has produced many outstanding professionals who have achieved great success in practice and academia. The program provides a solid background in both traditional and emerging areas of environmental engineering. These areas include drinking water and wastewater treatment, air and water quality, remediation of contaminated sites and resource recovery. Graduate students work closely with Environmental Engineering faculty who guide and supervise their research and studies. They also interact with leaders in the local professional community, many of whom are UW graduates, through courses taught by practitioners, field trips, seminars and professional society meetings.


People with advanced degrees in environmental engineering enjoy careers as engineers in consulting companies, managers of drinking water and wastewater treatment plants, educators in institutions of higher learning, researchers in national laboratories, modelers and engineers in governmental agencies concerned with the protection of public health and environmental quality.

Degree requirements

A total of 42 credits is required for all MSCE programs. Master’s students enrolled in on-campus programs may take online courses as electives. Learn more about required coursework to complete the degree.


Research track students study with faculty renowned for their contributions in solving critically important problems in environmental engineering. Students participate in projects concerned with advanced methods and materials for drinking water and wastewater treatment, development of high-performance microbiological and biological systems for water treatment and site remediation, effects of climatic change on local and global environments, limnology and removal of nutrients from surface waters, fate of trace-level pollutants in the environment, air quality and removal of air pollutants, degradation of emerging contaminants and air/water treatment methods for developing countries. These activities frequently involve close interactions and collaboration with partner universities and national laboratories. Environmental engineering research at UW CEE is funded by federal and state agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, Water Environment Federation and many others.