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Civil & Environmental Engineering MS

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

UMassD's Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering provides professionals with the skills needed to handle today's challenges, with opportunities to specialize in:

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

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 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

The program offers:

  • small classes
  • close contact with faculty who have a diverse set of research interests and industry experiences
  • access to well-supported research facilities
  • state-of-the-art computational and experimental research facilities
  • opportunities for full-time or part-time study
  • convenient class schedule for students who are employed
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Meshkat Botshekan '19

Meshkat, a Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD student at MIT, talks about collaborating with UMassD professors to develop an app designed to help fight the effects of climate change.

Starting salary range:
$64,010 - $72,803

National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2021 Salary Survey

Program objectives include:

  • enhancing the knowledge of professional practicing civil and environmental engineers so that they are equipped to handle the complex problems of today
  • providing graduates with the skills, experience, and confidence to solve problems not yet encountered

Graduates will have the ability to:

  • apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • function as a team member
  • identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • communicate effectively
  • act as a leader and direct civil engineering projects

Graduates will also possess:

  • knowledge of contemporary issues and professional culture in their areas of specialization
  • understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

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

Interested applicants are considered for teaching and research assistantships based on the applicant's academic record. Learn more about assistantships

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

Research facilities: The department maintains geotechnical, environmental, fluid mechanics, mechanics of materials, and transportation laboratories for research and educational purposes.

The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, in nearby Fall River, MA, offers transportation materials and environmental laboratories assigned to departmental faculty members.

Changes to Graduate Studies admission requirements

In response to the COVID‐19 pandemic, admission requirements for graduate degree and certificate programs may have changed.
Learn more about changes to requirements

Admission to the MS program is competitive. Students possessing a bachelor's or master's degree from a recognized institution and a strong academic background in civil or environmental engineering or a similar discipline are encouraged to apply for admission. Typically, we consider MS applicants with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale for all engineering, math, and physics courses.

Apply and submit all required application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Required materials

  • Statement of purpose: 300 - 600 words. Indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist in assistantship decisions.
  • Official transcripts: from all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless if a credential is earned or not). Transcripts should show class rank if available.
  • Official GRE score: sent directly from ETS; copies/scans not accepted. GRE scores for the general test are required except by those who are or are about to be graduates of UMass Dartmouth in civil engineering or who are or are about to receive a UMassD civil engineering graduate certificate.
  • 3 letters of recommendation: from persons in the field of your academic major at the institution most recently attended or from supervisors familiar with your recent job performance.
  • Resume.

International students: official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly from ETS or testing agency; copies/scans not accepted. Required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country. Scores on the TOEFL should be 80 IBT minimum for admission and 100 IBT minimum to be eligible for a teaching assistantship. Scores on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) should be 6.5 minimum for admission and 7.0 minimum to be eligible for a teaching assistantship.

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