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Graduate Studies

In a world of shifting populations, dwindling natural resources, burgeoning manmade contaminants, unstable economies, and complex security issues, the scope of civil and environmental engineering (CEE) is broader than ever before. Northeastern’s strategic focus on urban engineering and global sustainability prepares future engineers for many of the greatest challenges of our time. In particular, the expansion of American cities and the rise of giant, complex urban environments -- known as “Global Cities” – present vast opportunities for civil and environmental engineering education and research. Graduate programs are available on a full-time or part-time basis. As a student in one of our programs you will become part of the exciting developments within Northeastern’s Civil & Environmental Engineering department.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Master of Science (without specification), and Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering.

At the master's level, there are concentrations in

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.

Learning Outcomes

The Ph.D. programs' student learning outcomes are:

  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.
  • Ability to formulate a research plan.
  • Ability to communicate orally a research plan.
  • Ability to conduct independent research.


The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is

  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.

Director 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).

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