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Master of Science in Environmental Engineering

The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering is based on the department’s teaching and research focus in fate and transport, and treatment of relevant environmental pollutants in both natural and engineered systems. The program offers coursework and research opportunities that cover the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of environmental engineering and science, while also incorporating modern professional topics that intersect diverse engineering disciplines including energy, resource recovery, urban systems, industrial ecology, and product life cycles.

Students learn environmental engineering principles and applications, providing core skills necessary to practice environmental engineering as a professional, to explore research methods and new discoveries, and to build knowledge in the field of environmental engineering and environmental health that may be used for a variety of careers at academic, industrial, and government careers providing sustainable solutions to ensure safe environment for public health protection.

The MS in Environmental Engineering can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of this unique program.


The minimum semester hours required by students to complete this degree are listed below. Typically full-time students are able to complete these requirements in about two years, however it might take longer if the student completes a thesis or participates in co-op.

Degree RequirementsCourse-Only
Option
Project
Option
Thesis
Option
Engineering
Leadership
Required core courses12 SH12 SH12 SH12 SH
Restricted Elective courses12 SH8 SH8 SH8 SH
Other Elective courses8 SH8 SH4 SHN/A
Project/thesisN/A4 SH8 SHN/A
Leadership coursesN/AN/AN/A16 SH
Minimum semester hours required32 SH32 SH32 SH36 SH

Educational Objectives

A student completing the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering will display a high level of engineering knowledge in a broad range of environmental engineering topics with the paradigm shifts and reforms visions in environmental monitoring, regulation and treatment technology development, with a primary focus on the study of environmental pollution and treatment, resources and energy recovery, and environmental and human health. Upon completion of the degree, students will possess the skills to assess the quality of water, soil, and air resources with respect to environmental pollution regulations; to understand the physical, chemical, and biological processes that influence pollution behavior in the environment; and to engineer treatment processes that maintain or improve environmental quality.

Graduate coursework is designed to instruct students on environmental science fundamentals and engineering design principles, to improve problem-solving skills, to utilize state-of-the-art data analysis and computational analysis, and to enhance oral and written communication skills. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in Northeastern’s world-renowned co-op program by undertaking a professional experience at local engineering firms or professional organizations. Research opportunities may be available within and outside the department and college, with involvement and access to both CEE and interdisciplinary research centers, facilities and state-of-the-art research laboratories such as George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, Northeastern University Innovation Campus in Burlington, Center for High-rate Nanofacturing, The Barnett Institute of Chemical, and Biological Analysis, Environmental Chemistry, Analytical and Biotechnology/Genomics Laboratories, among others.

Learning Outcomes: 

The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is

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

Associate Chair of Graduate Studies