College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences2021-2022
Department of Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering, Master of Science
This program prepares students who want to further their engineering education by acquiring new knowledge and skills to tackle important engineering challenges, including resilience and sustainability. The plan of study features real-world relevancy and considers how sustainable and resilient systems impact economics, design, usability, and society.
What Can I Do with a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering?
The knowledge gained during this program, in the emphasis area of choice, will prepare you for tackling real world engineering challenges, providing solutions to complex engineering problems, and creating products that will benefit the society. The Environmental Engineering Master of Science will help you enter a satisfying, productive and exciting profession, or continue on to a doctoral degree.
The program will help you understand the application of your profession to sustainability and/or advanced engineering design. Faculty are engaged in research and its creative application to relevant problems, and you will have the opportunity to join them. The methods of design and innovation are necessary to the successful development of sustainable and resilient systems. Likewise, the principles of sustainability and resilience can foster innovation and economic development. By combining both themes, you will have the opportunity to engineer a brighter future for yourself and for the world.
Students wanting to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously may qualify for our Accelerated Program which allows students to count six units toward both degrees, shortening the time to graduation.
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Sustainability or Design Engineer
- Engineering Consultant or Entrepreneur
- Teaching and Research Faculty
- Research and Development Engineer
- Governmental Agency Engineer
- Project Manager
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
|Minimum Units for Completion||30|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.|
|Thesis||Thesis may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
|Research||Individualized research is required.
|Progression Plan Link||View Program of Study|
|Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan||Optional|
The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering aims to educate environmental engineers to conduct analytical and experimental studies in water quality analysis, water and wastewater design, solid and hazardous waste management, and air quality engineering. Examples of content areas include ecosystem restoration, analysis of the movement of toxic metals in the landscape and aquatic systems, advanced wastewater treatment using algae and microbial unit operations, energy and resource recovery from wastewater, and water and sanitation in developing countries. The learning experiences provided by the program prepare students to enter the workforce with advanced skills or to pursue further studies in a doctoral program. The program also aims at increasing competitiveness in the local, regional, and global markets, advancing existing careers, or serving as a gateway to the PhD degree.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate the ability to apply graduate level critical thinking skills to formulate and solve advanced environmental engineering problems including those at the water-energy nexus, those with multi-stakeholder decision-making needs, and those with significant impact on public health and ecosystems.
- Demonstrate the ability to independently identify sources and distill relevant information from the literature on advanced environmental engineering topics including emerging trends in air, water, and soil quality, sampling and data capture techniques, analytical tools, and management of remediation processes.
- Demonstrate the ability to document and explain advanced environmental engineering solutions to a variety of audiences, including peers, the general public, interested stakeholders, and non-technically-trained decision makers.
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- BS degree in Engineering or completion of prerequisite courses (see the Civil and Environmental Engineering website for details)
- GRE® revised General Test
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Personal statement or essay
This Master’s degree requires 30 units distributed as follows:
- Graduate-level mathematics or statistics: 3 units
- Environmental Engineering Coursework: 12 units
- Additional Electives selected in consultation with your advisor: 9 units
- Thesis or Non-Thesis Option: 6 units
Take the following 30 units:
- Graduate-level mathematics or statistics (3 units)
- Select from (12 units):
- Additional electives in consultation with your advisor (9 units):
- A maximum of two courses, up to 6 units, may be at the 400-level.
- You must complete at least 18 hours of formal coursework, other than such individualized studies as independent study, directed readings, thesis, project and research.
- Select one (6 units):
- You are responsible for choosing the chair and members of your advisory committee before completing 9 units of coursework.
- You must submit a plan of study that lists all coursework intended to satisfy the MS degree requirements by the first month of the semester in which you take your 10th credit. The elective and math/statistics courses are selected in consultation with and acceptable to the student's graduate committee and its chair.
- Note that if you pursue the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering degree at NAU, you will not be able to pursue the Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree. Only one of the two degrees will be awarded.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program
This program is available as an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan. Accelerated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree. Departments may allow students to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by approving up to 12 units applicable toward both degrees. Students must apply to the accelerated program and the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs to be considered for admission. Admission to programs is competitive and qualified applicants may be denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year. Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Accelerated Programs.
- PROGRAM FEE INFORMATION
Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $450 per semester has been approved for this program.
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