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Environmental Engineering

Master of Engineering in Civil & Environmental Engineering

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The UW–Madison fully online Master of Engineering named option in Environmental Engineering provides the leadership, communication, and project management skills that employers demand.


Is this program right for you?

With the UW–Madison fully online Master of Engineering named option in Environmental Engineering, you obtain a broad and deep understanding of environmental challenges and environmental engineering solutions for our most pressing problems, and develop the skills to lead teams and build relationships with stakeholders.

Our curriculum was designed based on extensive surveys of engineers and employers, as well as on “body of knowledge” guidelines developed by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UW–Madison as a top online engineering program.

As a leader in engineering and environmental sciences, our degree program is ideal for recent engineering graduates and mid-career engineers who want to take on more advanced roles and responsibilities.

Our delivery method sets us apart from other degree programs. Though the classes are online, the courses are very interactive. You work closely with world-class faculty based at a highly respected institution, recognized by top employers around the world. You also have daily interactions with your cohort of other professional engineers to share knowledge, expertise, and networks.

All applicants who do not have a bachelor of science degree in engineering are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for professional engineering licensure in the state where they live. See the National Society of Professional Engineers website for contact information for state licensing boards.

Is this program right for you?

With the UW–Madison fully online Master of Engineering named option in Environmental Engineering, you obtain a broad and deep understanding of environmental challenges and environmental engineering solutions for our most pressing problems, and develop the skills to lead teams and build relationships with stakeholders.

Our curriculum was designed based on extensive surveys of engineers and employers, as well as on “body of knowledge” guidelines developed by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UW–Madison as a top online engineering program.

As a leader in engineering and environmental sciences, our degree program is ideal for recent engineering graduates and mid-career engineers who want to take on more advanced roles and responsibilities.

Our delivery method sets us apart from other degree programs. Though the classes are online, the courses are very interactive. You work closely with world-class faculty based at a highly respected institution, recognized by top employers around the world. You also have daily interactions with your cohort of other professional engineers to share knowledge, expertise, and networks.

All applicants who do not have a bachelor of science degree in engineering are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for professional engineering licensure in the state where they live. See the National Society of Professional Engineers website for contact information for state licensing boards.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from an accredited institution, however a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, showing a strong foundation in math (calculus), physics and chemistry, will be considered.*
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credits of degree.*
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

*The admissions committee may consider an applicant that does not meet these requirements. Supporting factors include a strong academic record, a successful career track, and references.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

Program highlights

  • Our program is completely online, so you can complete your degree from anywhere in the world.
  • Customize your graduate degree program by choosing the electives that fit your personal and professional objectives.
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How you'll learn

  • Complete the online curriculum on a semester schedule. You choose when you do most of your work each week so that your career, family life, and travel schedules are not interrupted.
  • Use the internet, live web conferencing, and software applications to participate.
  • Interact on a daily basis with other professional engineers and our renowned faculty.

Sample curriculum

Core Courses

  • Hydraulics and Applied Fluid Mechanics for Environmental Engineers
  • Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • Energy Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • Biological Treatment Processes
  • Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes
  • Environmental Engineering and Science Seminar
  • Environmental Engineering Design Project

Elective Courses

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Hydraulic Design
  • Water Treatment Plant Design
  • Design of Wastewater Treatment Plants
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Mentored Independent Study
  • Sustainable Microgrids

Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Environmental Project Managers
  • Environmental Engineers/Scientists
  • Environmental Coordinators
  • Water/Wastewater Engineers
Top Industries
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
  • Government
  • Industry

Market Salary
$92.1K in 2020

Projected Job Growth
5.8% for Environmental Engineers (2020-2030)

Top Employers
  • CDM Smith
  • Target
  • AECOM
  • Environmental Protection Agency

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2020.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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Lauren Lande

 UW–Madison has a reputation as a great engineering school, and I liked that the online classes are taught live, so there is plenty of interaction with professors and students. This program allowed me to get the education I needed to advance in my career while also working full-time. It really improved my confidence in my abilities and knowledge. 

Lauren Lande | engineering consultant | ERM