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Emphasizing contemporary topics and emerging research, the Online MS in Environmental Engineering program covers advanced water-quality topics, including water flow, analysis, chemistry, treatment, hydraulics, and resource management. Students learn about contemporary environmental engineering issues and put them into immediate practice. Students who choose a thesis option can explore research topics including contaminant transport, impact and sustainability, pollution prevention, and source water protection.

All courses are taught by expert WPI faculty members who are pioneering new ways of managing water and wastewater treatment and developing improved waste and water remediation systems.

This degree is also offered on campus.
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Between viewing the streaming videos of a campus class and the course site on the Internet, I still feel like I'm part of the class. Online courses have given me the flexibility to schedule my course work when it's convenient.
Armando Ricci
Civil Engineer
Pare Engineering Corporation


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The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering completion requirements:

  • 33 credit hours consisting of 11 courses, 3 credits each

You will work with a faculty advisor to develop a customized and relevant plan of study.  With your advisor’s permission, you may take up to 3 elective courses (9 elective credits) from other WPI graduate departments, either on campus or online.

Thesis option: Currently, WPI’s online graduate programs do not offer a thesis option, as theses cannot be completed online. If you wish to pursue a thesis on campus, it is the student’s responsibility to find an advisor. Please note that depending on the project’s subject and timeframe, there might not be a faculty member willing or able to advise.


FALL TERM - 2019/20
  • CE 563. Industrial Waste Treatment
  • CE 565. Surface Water Quality Modeling
  • CE 590. Emerging Trends in Corporate Sustainability 
SPRING TERM - 2019/20
  • CE 561. Advanced Principles of Wastewater Treatment
  • CE 570. Multiphase Contaminant Transport
  • CE 562. Biosystems in Environmental Engineering
FALL TERM - 2020/21
  • CE 560. Advanced Principles of Water Treatment
  • CE 573. Treatment Systems Hydraulics
  • CE 590. Sustainable Infrastructure
SPRING TERM - 2020/21
  • CE 542. Geohydrology
  • CE 590. Environmental Nanotechnology
  • CE 590. Environmental Organic Chemistry
FALL TERM - 2021/22
  • CE 571. Water Chemistry
  • CE 572. Physical and Chemical Treatment Processes
  • CE 590. Green Energy
SPRING TERM - 2021/22
  • CE 574. Water Resources Management
  • CE 590. Solid Waste Management

We additionally have these math and management courses but do not offer these programs.

Software used in this program: Microsoft Excel, PRIMAVERA Project Planner, Microsoft Project , Modeling Software, Energy Simulation Software, AutoCAD, Civil3D, Autodesk, Revit, Navisworks, Simulation Software

Course offerings are subject to change. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact us for the most up-to-date information.

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The MS program in environmental engineering requires a BS degree in civil, chemical, or mechanical engineering. Students with a BS in other engineering disciplines, or physical and life sciences, are eligible, provided they meet the following requirements:

  1. Mathematics and Science (minimum 12, three-credit courses).
    1. Mathematics must include differential and integral calculus, differential equations, and statistics (normally three courses in calculus and one course in differential equations).
    2. Science must include two chemistry  courses and a minimum of one physics course.
  2. Fluid Mechanics.

After Graduation

Graduates of WPI's MS in Environmental Engineering program work for companies including CDM, Greeley-Hansen, HDR, Fuss & O’Neill Environmental Science, Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, AECOM, and GEI Consultants.

Webinar: Open House

View our on-demand webinar to be introduced to our Environmental Engineering online graduate program. Get an overview of program logistics, what online learning looks like, the application process, and more!