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Environmental Engineering, M.S.

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Environmental Engineering is a diverse field that focuses on the sustainable use and preservation of natural resources anthropogenic interactions in an increasingly urbanized world. It is a career field in high demand and it was recently ranked as the fifth most valuable college major (Forbes, May 2012). At the School of Engineering, our program has an urban environmental systems emphasis and it is unique in concentrating on many challenges that New York City and major cities of the world face.

The MS in Environmental Engineering prepares graduates to plan, functionally design, control, operate and manage municipal and industrial pollution-prevention systems. Students are exposed to a learning atmosphere that provides a mix of theory and practical problem-solving approaches. The flexible course options and student research projects offer a variety of opportunities. Areas of research and scholarly activities supported by some of the best faculty in NYC include environmental systems management, monitoring, sensing, and visualization, water security, flood risk management, conflict resolution, river water quality modeling, groundwater modeling, solid and hazardous waste management, contamination remediation, climate change studies, and development of decision support systems and GIS based applications.


To earn an MS in Environmental Engineering, you must complete 30 credits as described below, with a 3.0 GPA or better in all graduate courses and in all guided studies (readings, projects, theses, dissertations). Averages are computed separately for courses and guided studies. Transfer credits from other institutions are not included in this average.

Admission Requirements

To be granted admission to the MS. in Environmental Engineering degree program at Tandon School of Engineering, an applicant should holds a B.S. degree in a related engineering discipline (e.g., environmental, civil, chemical, mechanical, etc.) from an accredited college in the United States or a recognized institution of higher learning abroad and has attained an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0/4.0. Students holding B.S. degrees in another engineering discipline, or a physical, chemical or biological science, may be admitted if they have achieved the technical background necessary to pursue advanced work in Environmental Engineering.

  • Three semesters of calculus, ordinary differential equations
  • A semester of college statistics
  • A semester of calculus-based physics
  • A semester of college chemistry
  • A semester of fluid mechanics
  • A semester of water resources engineering or hydrology
  • Problem-solving work using computers
  • Background in environmental process engineering

Students should have completed these requirements prior to applying. However, the requirements of fluid mechanics, water resources engineering or hydrology and exposure to environmental process engineering can be completed by taking the courses below in the first offering of the course after enrollment for the MS. degree.

  • CE-UY 2213, Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
  • CE-UY 3223, Environmental Engineering
  • CE-UY 3243, Water Resources Engineering

It is necessary to obtain a grade of “B” or better in each of these courses. None of the courses listed above may be used for graduate credit.

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