Accelerated Master of Science Programs in Civil & Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering offers six accelerated master of science programs- Construction Engineering and Management, Environmental Science and Engineering, Geological Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering- which can be completed in one year.

Is this program right for you?

The accelerated masters programs are intended for people looking to enhance their knowledge and jump-start their careers. These programs build on your civil and environmental engineering foundation and teach you how to apply technical knowledge and engineering principles to solve complex problems.  These one-year, course-focused masters programs will help you gain a deeper understanding and provide the tools needed to better approach your work.

What you learn

Your coursework will provide you with expertise in theoretical and practical methods, teach you how to apply science to solve problems, expand your research methods, and help you learn to disseminate your knowledge. You will also learn how to:

  • Apply the latest technologies, evaluate options, and recommend solutions to civil and environmental engineering problems.
  • Demonstrate creative, independent problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Exhibit best practices of safety, sustainability, environmental protection, ethical, and professional conduct.

Each program has it’s own unique set of features and outcomes, which you can learn more about below.

Program Options

Students in this program will learn methods of planning, design, and construction. Specifically, you will gain an enriched understanding of construction scheduling, cost estimating, construction law, business management, ethics, risk management, safety and quality management, project control, teamwork, leadership, written and oral communications, and continuous improvement. Graduates emerge fully prepared to provide outstanding service and expertise to the construction industry.

 

Typical Curriculum in this Program

(Student and advisory will select specific courses)

Fall Semester- 12 credits

  • CEE 491 (3 credits) Legal Aspects of Engineering
  • CEE 497 (3 credits) Mechanical Systems for Construction
  • CEE 498 (3 credit) Construction Project Management
  • CEE 592 (3 credits) Construction Labor productivity Management
  • CEE 669 (1 credit) Field Engineering Workshop (Civil)
  • CEE 669 (1 credit) Field Engineering Workshop (Electrical)
  • CEE 669 (1 credit) Field Engineering Workshop (Mechanical)
  • CEE 669 (3 credits) Architecture Design for Construction

Spring Semester- 12 credits

  • CEE 492 (3 credits) Integrated Project Estimating and Scheduling
  • CEE 496 (3 credits) Electrical Systems for Construction
  • CEE 498 (3 credit) Construction Project Management
  • CEE 669 (3 credits) Lean Project Delivery
  • CEE 669 (3 credits) Leadership Development for Project Managers
  • CEE 699 (1 credit) Graduate Student Seminar

Summer Session- 6 credits

  • CEE 498 (3 credit) Construction Project Management
  • CEE 669 (1-3 Credits) Independent Study
  • CEE 669 (1-3 credits) Advanced Independent Study

 

More information about our construction engineering and management program.

 

Students in this multidisciplinary program will learn how to apply science to solve complex environmental problems by gaining a deeper understanding of chemistry, biology, and systems thinking . In just one year, learn to comprehensively address practical problems associated with drinking water and wastewater treatment, air quality, environmental chemistry, sustainable design, energy efficiency, and solid and hazardous waste remediation. Additionally, this program explores the combination of law and practice, so you discover how to develop and enforce environmental policies and regulations that forge the way for a greener future. We sustain a broad range of research topics, so you can explore environmental chemistry, wastewater treatment, drinking water treatment, freshwater quality, environmental microbiology, bioenergy production, sustainable engineering design, and many more.

 

Typical Curriculum in this Program

(fall semester-12 credits, spring semester-12 credits, summer semester-6 credits)

Course Options

  • CEE 426 – Design of Wastewater Treatment Plants (3 credits)
  • CEE 427 – Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering (3 credits)
  • CEE 500 – Water Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CEE 501 – Water Analysis – Intermediate (3 credits)
  • CEE 421 – Environmental Sustainability Engineering (3 credits)
  • CEE 700 – Chemistry of Natural Waters (3 credits)
  • CEE 701 – The Chemistry of Air Pollution (2 credits)
  • CEE 721 – Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
  • CEE 723 – Energy Principles of Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
  • CEE 821 – Environmental Engineering: Biological Treatment Processes (4 credits)
  • CEE 423 – Air Pollution Effects, Measurement and Control (3 credits)
  • CEE 425 – Environmental Microbiology (3 credits)
  • CEE 428 – Water Treatment Plant Design (3 credits)
  • CEE 429 – Environmental Systems Optimization (3 credits)
  • CEE 502 – Environmental Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CEE 522 – Hazardous Waste Management (3 credits)
  • CEE 623 – Microbiology of Waterborne Pathogens and Indicator Organisms (3 cr)
  • CEE 703 – Environmental Geochemistry (3 credits)
  • CEE 704 – Environmental Chemical Kinetics (3 credits)
  • CEE 722 – Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
  • CEE 822 – Environmental Engineering: Physical/Chemical Treatment Processes (4 cr)

More information about our environmental science and engineering program.

This interdisciplinary program is taught by faculty from the College of Engineering and the College of Letters and Sciences. Our program integrates expertise from geology and engineering, so you acquire deep understanding of the interrelation between nature and the built environment.

You will learn to solve a variety of practical problems associated with rock and soils using principles of sustainable engineering. Combine your knowledge of geology with your engineering expertise to build structures, manage groundwater and surface water resources, construct subsurface repositories for waste disposal, and design systems to help extract mineral resources.Choose your electives based on your specific career or research needs. Research topics include geoenvironmental engineering, water resources, hydrology, hydrogeology, soil dynamics, and many more.

In this program you will develop strong skills in geoenvironmental engineering, groundwater technology, hydrogeology, rock and soil mechanics, geophysics, and geology. Graduate ready to excel in your field, whether it be consulting, petroleum and gas industries, mining, federal and state laboratories, or research.

Typical Curriculum in this Program

(fall semester-12 credits, spring semester-12 credits, summer semester-6 credits)

Course Options

  • GLE/CEE 401 (3 credits) Wind Energy Design and Construction
  • GLE 401 (3 credits) Introduction to Geological and Geotechnical Engineering Design
  • GLE/Geoscie 474 (3 credits) Rock Mechanics
  • GLE/CEE 530 (3 credits) Foundation Engineering
  • GLE/CEE 530 (3 credits) Seepage and Slopes
  • GLE/Geosci 594 (3 credits) Applied Geophysics
  • GLE/Geosic 595 (1 credits) Field Methods in Applied and Engineering Geophysics
  • GLE/CEE 635 (3 credits) Remediation Geotechnics
  • GLE/CEE 699 (1-9 credits) Independent Study
  • GLE/CEE 701 (3 credits) Advanced Geomechanics
  • GLE/CEE 730 (3 credits) Advanced Soil Properties and Behavior
  • GLE/CEE 732 (3 credits) Unsaturated Soil Engineering
  • GLE/CEE 733 (3 credits) Physicochemical Basis for Soil Behavior
  • GLE/CEE 735 (3 credits) Soil Dynamics
  • GLE/CEE 900 (3 credits) Graduate Student Seminar

 

More information about the geological engineering program.

 

In just one year, you build a thorough understanding of the basic principles of structural engineering and gain exposure to the latest techniques and trends in civil engineering and architecture.

 

You have the flexibility to choose courses that focus on structural analysis and design, as well as on geotechnical engineering and construction engineering management. You may also add related coursework from other departments, such as Engineering Mechanics, to craft precisely the expertise you seek.

 

Typical Curriculum in this Program

(fall semester-12 credits, spring semester-12 credits, summer semester-6 credits)

Course Options

  • Structural Analysis II
  • Wood Structures
  • Concrete Structures
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • Introduction to Finite Elements
  • Foundations
  • Steel Structures
  • Prestressed Concrete
  • Composite and Hybrid Structures
  • Concrete III
  • Practicum in Finite Elements
  • Construction Project Management
  • Independent Study

 

More information about the structural engineering program.

The transportation engineering program teaches you to conduct research and disseminate knowledge for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.Because of energy constraints, population growth, capacity constraints, and environmental awareness, there is an industry need for engineers who understand traditional engineering principles and can also adapt and embrace innovative opportunities in the field.

This program focuses on technology-based learning and utilizes UW-Madison’s prominence in cutting-edge scholarly research. Learn how to drive the discovery, planning, design, development, operation, maintenance, and safety of intelligent transportation systems and play the important role in connected and autonomous transportation.You also gain the tools to develop efficient and reliable multi-modal freight systems that lead to economic growth and provide the foundation for the success of most industries.

Because the rapid growth in digital communication and automotive design requires new thinking, our program takes advantage of emerging opportunities in remote controls and the use of interactive signals in vehicles, satellites, mobile phones, and stationary traffic operations devices. Plus, you learn within UW-Madison’s full-scale driving simulator and our national CV/AV proving grounds.

 

Typical Curriculum in this Program

(fall semester-12 credits, spring semester-12 credits, summer semester-6 credits)

Course Options

  • CEE 570 (3 credits) Environmental Impacts in Transportation
  • CEE 571 (3 credits) Transportation Planning
  • CEE 573 (3 credits) Geometric Design of Transportation Systems
  • CEE 574 (3 credits) Traffic Engineering
  • CEE 579 (1 credit) Transportation Seminar
  • CEE 679 (3 credits) Advanced Topics in Transportation Safety
  • CEE 679 (3 credits) Site Planning and Traffic Impact Analysis
  • CEE 679 (3 credits) Advanced Topics in Transport Demand Modeling
  • CEE 679 (3 credits) Advanced Topics in Transportation Operations
  • CEE 679 (3 credits) Advanced Topics in Traffic Model and Simulation
  • CEE 679 (3 credits) Advanced Topics in Traffic Flow Theory
  • CEE 679 (3 credits) Advanced Topics in Human Factors and Driving Simulation
  • CEE 679 (3 credits) Emerging Topics in Transportation
  • CEE 694 (3 credits) Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems
  • CEE 699 (1-9 credits) Independent Study

 

More information about the transportation engineering program.

 

Students in the Water Resource Engineering and Science group solve a variety of practical problems associated with hydrology, fluid mechanics, environmental flows in rivers, lake, and coastal environments and water resource management. They perform analyses and design of systems to control the quantity, quality, timing, and distribution of water to meet the needs of humans and the environment. Water resource research themes are centered on a systems-based approach to managing water resources for societal benefit.  Field methods, laboratory experiments, remote-sensing techniques, numerical modeling, statistical modeling, and analytic approaches are combined to address scientific and engineering questions leading to better water resource management, a better interface between the built and natural environments, and more sustainable use of water resources.

 

Students in our water resource engineering program develop strong, quantitative skills in modeling, systems-thinking, and sustainability science. Graduates can expect employment with consulting firms, federal and state laboratories and agencies, municipal and county governments, and elsewhere.

 

 

Typical Curriculum in this Program

(fall semester-12 credits, spring semester-12 credits, summer semester-6 credits)

Course Options

  • CEE 315/415 – Hydrology (3 credits)*
  • CEE 410 – Hydraulic Engineering (3 credits)*
  • CEE 411 – Open Channel Hydraulics (3 credits)*
  • CEE 412 – Groundwater Hydraulics (3 credits)*
  • CEE 414 – Hydrologic Design – (3 credits)*
  • CEE 416 – Water Resources Systems Analysis (3 credits)*
  • CEE 421 – Environmental Sustainability Engineering (3 credits)
  • CEE 423 – Air Pollution Effects, Measurement and Control (3 credits)
  • CEE 425 – Environmental Microbiology (3 credits)
  • CEE 426 – Design of Wastewater Treatment Plants (3 credits)
  • CEE 427 – Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering (3 credits)
  • CEE 428 – Water Treatment Plant Design (3 credits)
  • CEE 429 – Environmental Systems Optimization (3 credits)
  • CEE 500 – Water Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CEE 501 – Water Analysis – Intermediate (3 credits)
  • CEE 502 – Environmental Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CEE 514 – Coastal Engineering (3 credits)*
  • CEE 511 – Integrated Waterfront Planning and Engineering (3 credits)*
  • CEE 515 – Hydroclimatology for Water Resources (3 credits)*
  • CEE 522 – Hazardous Waste Management (3 credits)
  • CEE 618 – Environmental Fluid Mechanics (3 credits) *
  • CEE 619 – Advanced Topics in Hydrology: CUAHSI Specialized Online Hydrology Courses (3 credits)*
  • CEE 619b – Advanced Topics in Hydrology: Hydroecology (3 credits)*
  • CEE 623 – Microbiology of Waterborne Pathogens and Indicator Organisms (3 cr)
  • CEE 700 – Chemistry of Natural Waters (3 credits)
  • CEE 701 – The Chemistry of Air Pollution (2 credits)
  • CEE 703 – Environmental Geochemistry (3 credits)
  • CEE 704 – Environmental Chemical Kinetics (3 credits)
  • CEE 716 – Statistical Modelling of Hydrologic Systems (3 credits)*
  • CEE 721 – Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
  • CEE 722 – Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
  • CEE 723 – Energy Principles of Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
  • CEE 732 – Unsaturated Soil Geoengineering (3 credits)
  • CEE 821 – Environmental Engineering: Biological Treatment Processes (4 credits)
  • CEE 822 – Environmental Engineering: Physical/Chemical Treatment Processes (4 cr)
  • GLE 594 – Introduction to Applied Geophysics
  • GLE 627 – Hydrogeology
  • GLE 629 – Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • GLE 724 – Groundwater Flow Modeling

More information about the water resources engineering program.

At A Glance

DeliveryIn class instruction
Credits30 graduate credits
UW-Madison Civil and Environmental Engineering students may count up to 7 credits, numbered 300 or above, of required or elective courses from the undergraduate work completed at UW–Madison towards fulfillment of minimum degree credit requirements.
Time Frame1 year- Completion of program to be done within one calendar year starting in fall semester only.
TuitionResident: $5,994/semester + $2,986 for 6 summer credits (Spring 2017 information)
Nonresident: $12,657/semester + $6317 for 6 summer credits (Spring 2017 information)
Degree ConferredMaster of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Offered ByThe UW-Madison College of Engineering
Application DeadlineJanuary 1

How to Apply

Applicants must first meet all of the requirements of the Graduate School.
Please visit https://grad.wisc.edu for details.

Applicants must also meet department specific requirements as outlined below:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from an ABET-accredited engineering program or from a recognized international institution
  • Submit a 1,000 word or fewer statement of purpose; include your technical areas of interest, coursework emphasis, research experience, professional goals, faculty members you are interested in working with, and any other items relevant to your qualifications for graduate school
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 580 (written) or 92 (Internet version)
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission

Please do not mail paper copies of application materials. Upload the required application materials to the electronic Graduate School application, including a PDF copy of the most current transcripts. Applicants who are recommended for admission by the CEE Admissions Committee, will receive an e-mail with further instructions from the CEE Graduate Admissions Office, requesting official transcripts or other required application material.

Applicants should monitor the application status by visiting the “Graduate Application Status” window within your MyUW portal (information on this is received after submitting an application). You may need to activate a NetID to gain access to the MyUW portal.

Graduate Application Status will remain “pending” until recommendations are determined.  All applicants will receive an e-mail from the CEE Graduate Admissions Team with more details once the admission committees have made decisions.

Further questions related to the CEE admissions process may be directed to

ceeadmissions@engr.wisc.edu.