Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering is expected to grow 15% in the next decade, faster than the average for all occupations. The UW-Madison online Master of Engineering named option in Environmental Engineering provides answers, while building the leadership, communication, and project management skills that employers demand.

Is this program right for you?

The UW-Madison online Master of Engineering named option in Environmental Engineering is the newest addition to the our top-ranking online graduate engineering program. Our curriculum was designed based on extensive surveys of engineers and employers, as well as on “body of knowledge” guidelines developed by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

As a leader in engineering and environmental sciences, our degree program is ideal for recent engineering graduates and mid-career engineers who want to take on more advanced roles and responsibilities. UW-Madison’s online engineering programs are consistently ranked in the 10 top by U.S. News & World Report.

You obtain a broad and deep understanding of environmental challenges and environmental engineering solutions for our most pressing problems, and develop the skills to lead teams and build relationships with stakeholders.

Our delivery method sets us apart from other degree programs. Though the classes are online, the courses are very interactive. Our weekly live web sessions are scheduled to meet the needs of working professionals and help to build a collaborative learning environment between students and instructors. You work closely with world-class faculty based at a highly-respected institution, recognized by top employers around the world. You also have weekly interactions with your cohort of other professional engineers to share knowledge, expertise, and networks.

What you learn

  • Apply concepts of key environmental engineering design principles
  • Use advanced engineering tools, risk assessments, conceptual analysis, and systems and creative design to assess problems and provide solutions
  • Work effectively across technical and organizational boundaries
  • Synthesize technical knowledge and demonstrate competencies in leadership, communication, and project management

Where & how you learn


  • Online; includes a series of required courses, approved electives, and a capstone design project


  • Use the internet, live web conferencing, and software applications to participate
  • Interact regularly with other professional engineers and our renowned faculty
  • Complete a fixed curriculum on a semester schedule, but choose when to do most of your work each week—so that your career, family life, and travel schedule are not interrupted

Typical Curriculum


  • Hydraulics and Applied Fluid Mechanics for Environmental Engineers
  • Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • Energy Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • Biological Treatment Processes
  • Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes
  • Environmental Engineering and Science Seminar
  • Master’s Level Capstone Design Project


  • Environmental Engineering
  • Hydraulic Design of Urban Stormwater Systems
  • Water Treatment Plant Design
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Design
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Mentored Independent Study
  • Sustainable Microgrids

At A Glance

Credits30 graduate credits
Time Frame3 years
Tuition (Resident and Non-Resident)$1,300 per credit
Degree ConferredMaster of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Offered ByThe UW-Madison College of Engineering, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Option
Spring Application DeadlineNovember 15
Summer Session DeadlineMarch 15
Fall Application Deadline July 15

How to Apply

All applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science degree from an engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology or the equivalent, or from an environmental science program and coursework in math (calculus), physics and chemistry is included. International applications must have a degree equivalent to an approved U.S. bachelor’s degree or show strong academic performance at an international institution comparable to a 3.00 GPA for an undergraduate or master’s degree; we do not require applicants to submit standardized test scores such as those from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Have a minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent for at least your last 60 semester hours or have a master’s degree with a minimum 3.00 GPA; applicants with less than 3.00 GPA may be admitted at the department’s discretion
  • Non-native English speakers must have a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 580 (written), 243 (computer-based test), or 92 (Internet version)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the National Society of Professional Engineers website for contact information for state licensing boards.

To begin the application process, click here.

For program or curriculum questions, contact Program Director, Jane Carlson

Highly Ranked Program

The Online Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering was recently ranked highly by The Best Masters Degrees.

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