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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate Study Options


Tailored, Multidisciplinary Educational Experiences that Yield Clear Competitive Advantage

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. 

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.

Graduate Degrees:  Civil and Environmental Engineering:





Civil Engineering

Environmental Engineering



C.E., Construction Management



Risk, Reliability, & Resilience Engineering


Applications due December 1 for Environmental Engineering

Applications due January 15 for Civil Engineering*

*M.Eng - Construction Management applications accepted year round.

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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:

  • Civil and Infrastructure Systems Engineering
  • Materials and Structural Engineering

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

  • Environmental Materials & Materials Durability
  • Nuclear Environmental Engineering
  • Resilience & Sustainability
  • Water Resources, Quality, & Treatment

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 multidisciplinary M.Eng. program in Risk, Reliability and Resilience focuses on:

  • Infrastructure
  • Defense Systems
  • Energy and Environment
  • Transportation
  • Medicine