UMassD's master of science in Civil & Environmental Engineering offers opportunities to specialize in:

  • structural and geotechnical engineering
  • environmental and water resources engineering
  • transportation engineering

The program offers small classes, close contact with a diverse faculty, access to well-supported research facilities, and state-of-the-art learning and research experiences.

Courses are scheduled to permit either full time or part-time study, and are offered at convenient times for students employed in industry and government.

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The need for advanced degrees in civil and environmental engineering is both regional and global.

Through faculty consulting and student projects, the civil and environmental engineering program has forged strong bonds in southeastern Massachusetts, one of the state's fastest-growing regions. The program:

  • contributes to the growth of regional industries, businesses, and governmental agencies
  • addresses problems related to development and infrastructure
  • provides an accessible source of graduate education for the region's engineering employees

Faculty also address the environmental problems that impact economic development, including:

  • water quality and quantity issues
  • lake eutrophication
  • hazardous waste handling
  • preservation of the ecological health of the bays
  • industrial wastewater treatment
  • solid waste handling
  • leachate collection and treatment

Our master's degree program helps provide civil and environmental professionals with the skills needed to handle such challenges—both regionally and globally.

Program objectives


The educational goals of the program include enhancing the knowledge of professional practicing civil and environmental engineers so that they are equipped to handle the complex problems of today, and providing them with the skills, experience, and confidence to solve problems not yet encountered. Specifically, the program has the following goals for its graduates:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs
  • An ability to function as a team member
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • An ability to act as a leader and direct civil engineering projects
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues and professional culture in the specialty area

Degree requirements

The MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering is 30-credit program, including:

  • Master's Thesis: 6 credits—or Master's Project: 3 credits
  • 12 or 15 credits selected from courses in the student's area of specialization

Students who choose the Thesis Option select 12 credits. The thesis option requires the completion of a 6 credit research thesis usually involving a theoretical or experimental investigation of a fundamental nature.

Students who choose the Project Option select 15 credits. The project option requires the successful completion of a 3-credit project, usually involving a theoretical or experimental investigation of an applied nature, often in conjunction with a company's or government agency's interests.

A maximum of 6 credits of CEN 595 (Independent Study) may be allowed upon approval by the faculty advisor. 

In general, required courses must be designated as CEN courses, although courses taken from other departments may be accepted with approval of the Civil & Environmental Department. The following additional courses are currently accepted towards the MS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering:

  • MNE 503 - Continuum Mechanics
  • MNE 511 - Theory of Elasticity (MNE 503 is a prerequisite)
  • MNE 513 - Theory of Plates and Shells
  • MNE 501 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • CHM 531 - Chemical Kinetics

Faculty research

Civil & Environmental Engineering Department faculty are active in funded research activities, providing opportunities to support graduate students in conducting world-class research in areas such as:

  • hydrology
  • water resources engineerin
  • transportation materials and systems
  • water and wastewater treatment
  • hazardous waste decontamination
  • geotechnical design & geoenvironmental engineering
  • structural materials & mechanics


Mazdak Tootkaboni

Associate Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering
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