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The Field of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers three graduate degree programs:

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Master of Engineering (M.Eng)

The Master of Engineering degree is normally completed in two or three semesters of intensive study.  Thirty credit hours that include coursework in major and supporting areas and a project are required. 

The Master of Engineering program in civil and environmental engineering is aimed at engineers who wish to improve the depth and breadth of their technical abilities in the context of the engineering profession.  They do this through additional course work and participation in a project that contains the elements of engineering practice. 

The Master of Engineering program in engineering management is appropriate for engineers who want to stay in a technical environment, but focus on managerial roles.  Students learn to identify problems, formulate and analyze models to understand these problems, and interpret and formulate the results of analyses for managerial action.

Master of Science (M.S.)

In the Master of Science program, each student plans an individualized course of study with the assistance of a special committee made up of faculty members who represent major and minor concentrations of study. The degree requires a thesis and a final oral examination. A minimum of two registration units from Cornell is required for the MS. MS degree students can not receive registration credits for previous study at other graduate schools.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

In the PhD program, each student plans an individualized course of study with the assistance of a special committee made up of faculty members representing major and minor concentrations of study. The degree requires qualifying and comprehensive examinations, as well as a thesis and final oral examination. A minimum of six registration units is required for the Ph.D. Generally one registration unit is awarded for each semester of satisfactory full-time study at Cornell. By petition, up to two registration units for MS work completed in a relevant program outside of Cornell may be transferred to the Ph.D. program.

Student Spotlight

Corey Carpenter

Corey Carpenter is pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Processes. In his research, he investigates the removal and transformation of micropollutants under varying physical and chemical conditions. read more

Amy Pochodylo

Amy Pochodylo, a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Processes, is working to identify micropollutants in our local water system. read more

Qi Zhou

Qi Zhou, a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Hydrology, is investigating turbulent flows in oceans and lakes through the use of state-of-the-art high-accuracy computational tools. read more