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Graduate Studies

In a world of megacities, unsustainable natural resource usage, and complex security issues, the scope of civil and environmental engineering is more relevant than ever. Northeastern’s strategic focus on urban engineering prepares engineers for these challenges through research and education in sustainable resource engineering, civil infrastructure security and environmental health.

As a graduate student in Northeastern’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), you will work alongside world-class faculty on advanced research and courses in these areas, developing a solid base for your career. You may also participate in Northeastern’s best-in-the-nation co-op program, gaining up to 8 months of professional experience at an engineering firm in your areas of interest. All CEE graduate programs, listed below, are available on a full-time or part-time basis. Options for a masters thesis or report in place of coursework are available.

Upon completion of their graduate degree, Northeastern CEE students have excellent career opportunities. Ours students have gone on to positions in:

  • Academia (University of Massachusetts, University of Vermont)
  • National laboratories (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  • Industry (AIR Worldwide, CDM Smith, CH2M Hill, start-up firms.)

Students can take advantage of Northeastern’s Office of Career Services, routinely ranked #1 in the nation, for career and employment guidance. Interdisciplinary degree options are available as well. The Ph.D. level program is flexible and may be adapted to any subject area in civil and environmental engineering, including interdisciplinary options within the department or across departments or colleges.The Master of Science degree requirements may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. The Ph.D. program must be completed in accordance with the residency requirements for the degree.

Both full-time and part-time students should meet with a faculty adviser at least once during each semester of study to arrange for an appropriate sequence of courses to satisfy all degree requirements.

Funding is available for graduate students focused on research in the form of graduate research assistantships, graduate teaching assistantships, and fellowships.

For more information on the Graduate Program please see the Graduate School of Engineering or contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

Associate Chair of Graduate Studies

Graduate Fellowships

The department offers Graduate Fellowships to Ph.D. and M.S./Ph.D. applicants. These prestigious Graduate Fellowships include integrated research and teaching to foster a comprehensive graduate education. All applicants are considered automatically for the fellowship program. It is strongly recommended that applicants interested in funding within the department via fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).