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Graduate Programs

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers three graduate degree programs: a master of engineering, a master of science, and a doctorate of philosophy.

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. 

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 M.S. M.S. degree students can not receive registration credits for previous study at other graduate schools.

In the Ph.D. 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 M.S. work completed in a relevant program outside of Cornell may be transferred to the Ph.D. program.

Qi Zhou

Engineers solve the world's most pressing problems and make an impact on people's life. It was my dream to contribute to the solution of the environmental problems all over the world, so I opted to become an environmental engineer as I entered college.

— Qi Zhou, Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Hydrology

Choose your direction

Are you interested in a specialized program to enhance your professional goals? Or do you want an an opportunity to develop your research skills in close collaboration with world-renowned experts? Explore our options to find the best fit for you. 

Jumpstart your career with a two-year master of engineering program in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or engineering management.

Justyna Kosianka

My field of research deviates quite a bit from from traditional structural engineering, and it's comforting to be in a program that fosters innovation.

— Justyna Kosianka, Structural Engineering