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Graduate Study Options

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At the graduate level, the department educates leaders in infrastructure and environmental engineering research and practice, with emphasis on the use of reliability and risk management. Reliability and risk management include engineering design, uncertainty analysis, construction and repair, life-cycle and costbenefit analysis, information management and fundamental phenomena intrinsic to the understanding of advanced infrastructure and environmental systems. 

Graduate Degrees:  Civil and Environmental Engineering:

 

M.Eng.

M.S.

Ph.D.

Civil Engineering

C.E., Construction Management

 

 

Environmental Engineering

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Applications due December 15

Within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. programs, graduate students may concentrate their studies in various areas of expertise:

Civil Engineering areas of study emphasize:

  • Multi-Scale & Multi-Physics Modeling of Materials & Structures
  • Chemo-mechanical Behavior of Cementitious Materials
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Damage Prognosis
  • Risk and Reliability Engineering & Management
  • Geospatial Information Systems and Multimodal Transportation

Within the Environmental Engineering  program there are specific areas of concentration that include:

  • Nuclear Environmental Engineering
  • Water Quality & Resources
  • Energy Choices & Environmental Consequences
  • Environmental Risks, Assessments, Waste Management & Remediation
  • Earth Sciences & Geological Processes*
  • Environmental Engineering, Management and Policy**

*The Earth Sciences & Geological Processes focus is in collaboration with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in Vanderbilt's College of Arts and Science.

**Environmental Engineering Ph.D. studies focused in Environmental Engineering, Management & Policy  are facilitated by the Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies (VCEMS) to enable interdisciplinary campus collaboration  and studies with law, business, social sciences, medicine and human and organizational development.

The M.Eng. program in Civil Engineering with a focus in Construction Management  emphasizes three primary areas:

  • Healthcare Construction
  • Commercial Construction 
  • Project Delivery Systems

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is an international leader in many areas, including Risk and Reliability Engineering and Nuclear Waste Management.  Graduate students seeking M.S., M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees are engaged in thesis or dissertation research corresponding to one of the ongoing research areas of the department, and have the opportunities to work with our world-renowned faculty.