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Application Deadline

  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: March 15
  • Fall: July 15

Class begins

  • Spring: January 8, 2024
  • Summer: May 6, 2024
  • Fall: August 19, 2024

Degree Awarded

Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering
with Specialization in Environmental Engineering

WSU College

Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Enhance Your Skills. Energize Your Career.

WSU’s Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Environmental Engineering is offered 100% online, combining advanced technical courses with professional management training to help students advance in their careers.

What You’ll Learn

Environmental engineers work to protect human and environmental health by keeping air, water, and soil clean. Graduates of this master’s degree program will gain in-depth knowledge of civil and environmental engineering and learn to apply their knowledge and skills to solve emerging environmental problems. Graduates will also gain the leadership and managerial skills needed to advance people and organizations.

The knowledge and skills gained will help some individuals advance in their current workplaces, while others will leverage it to acquire new positions in government, industry, or consulting, or to seek acceptance into a PhD program. Graduates will be uniquely qualified to meet the increasing demand for civil and environmental engineering leadership needed in the industry.

Program Strengths

The WSU Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Environmental Engineering…

  • Opens doors to scientists and engineers with different educational backgrounds to transition into careers in environmental engineering.
  • Allows students from anywhere in the world to enroll in classes and successfully complete the degree without coming to campus.
  • Offers courses during the evening hours online so that individuals with jobs can attend lectures without compromising their effort in their jobs.
  • Is highly respected and valued by employers looking for skilled engineers who can also function as leaders and managers in their organizations.

Get Started

To apply for the program, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with bachelor’s degrees in other engineering or science disciplines may also be accepted into the program if the student takes additional courses to overcome academic deficiencies. (These additional courses may not be used to satisfy degree requirements.) Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may also be considered for provisional admission on a case-by-case basis at the recommendation of the program lead. GRE is not required for admission.

If you have questions about the program, please contact:

  • Dr. Yonas Demissie, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at or (509) 372-7344.
  • Kelly Caraher, Graduate Academic Coordinator at or (509) 335 4547.

Program of Study—30 semester credits

All courses are available online
This non-thesis program requires the completion of 30 credits of coursework, including 9 credits in environmental engineering, 6 credits in engineering and technology management, 12 elective credits, and a 3-credit capstone project

3 courses required from the following list. The 4th course can be taken as an elective.

  • CE 518: Hazardous Contaminant Pathway Analysis (3)
  • CE 541: Physicochemical Water and Wastewater Treatment (3)
  • CE 542: Biochemical Wastewater Treatment (3)
  • CE 583: Aquatic Chemistry (3)

2 courses from the following list. 

  • EM 522: Leading People and Organizations
  • EM 564: Project Management
  • EM 575: Managing Innovation: Strategy and Performance
  • EM 590: Leading Design and Innovation

4 courses from the following list. Students can also take any other graduate level civil engineering courses with approval from the program lead.

  • CE 505: Decision-Making for Sustainable and Resilient Civil Infrastructure (3)
  • CE 518: Hazardous Contaminant Pathway Analysis (3) 
  • CE 519: Hazardous Waste Treatment (3)
  • CE 543: Advanced Topics in Environmental Engineering (3)
    • Applied Groundwater Modelling
  • CE 544: Water Quality (3)
  • CE 545: Stochastic Analysis and Modelling (3)
  • CE 562: Environmental Flow and Transport Processes (3)
  • CE 564: Numerical Methods (3)

CE 701: Master’s Independent Capstone Project and /or Examination (3) [Must be taken at the last semester.]

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