Master of Science in the Field of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The master of science program in civil and environmental engineering is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge and training in various areas of specializations within civil and environmental engineering.  Environmental engineering students use one of the world's largest wastewater treatment plants as a real-world laboratory to improve the water quality of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay watershed using advanced treatment technologies with reduced energy footprint, production of renewable energy, and resource recovery from the waste. Geotechnical and Structural engineering students study earthquake engineering and extreme event design of civil infrastructure systems on a state-of-the-art, six-degrees-of-freedom earthquake simulator. Transportation engineering students learn about vehicular and pedestrian traffic dynamics at GW's Traffic and Networks Research Laboratory. Water resources engineering students learn about modeling of land surface and land-atmosphere interaction and exchange processes by utilizing innovative remote sensing, optimization and numerical modeling techniques.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

More information can be found on the departmental website.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: Non-thesis option—33 credits; thesis option—30 credits, including 6 credits of thesis. In either option, the student must select one focus area from below and complete the required 9 credits of courses in that area. The remaining credits are selected by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor.  

All courses in one concentration
Engineering Mechanics:
APSC 6213Analytical Methods in Engineering III
CE 6206Continuum Mechanics
CE 6210Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
Environmental engineering:
CE 6501Environmental Chemistry
CE 6503Principles of Environmental Engineering
CE 6609Numerical Methods in Environmental and Water Resources
Geotechnical engineering:
CE 6210Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
CE 6402Theoretical Soil Mechanics
CE 6605Ground Water and Seepage
Structural engineering:
CE 6201Advanced Strength of Materials
CE 6202Methods of Structural Analysis
CE 6210Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
Transportation safety engineering:
CE 6102Application of Probability Methods in Civil Engineering
CE 6721Traffic Engineering and Highway Safety
CE 6722Intelligent Transportation Systems
Water resources engineering:
CE 6601Open Channel Flow
CE 6604Advanced Hydrology
CE 6609Numerical Methods in Environmental and Water Resources
Required of students who have selected the thesis option
CE 6998Thesis Research
CE 6999Thesis Research

Students should consult with the advisor concerning their program of study.