The MS in Environmental Engineering program at WPI is designed with your unique needs in mind. Our flexible curriculum lets you focus on your interests and goals in areas like physicochemical treatment processes, treatment of industrial wastes, and storm water quality control.

In addition, your thesis or non-thesis degree can be pursued part- or full-time through evening courses online, on-campus, or both, so this degree fits seamlessly into your already busy life.



WPI’s MS in Environmental Engineering puts you in the driver’s seat when it comes to choosing the direction of your environmental engineering graduate studies. Available online and on-campus, part-time or full-time, your degree will include a range of theoretical and practical courses that suit your interests, such as Geohydrology, Biosystems in Environmental Engineering, and Contaminant Fate and Transport.

Engaging in cutting-edge research and in-course projects at WPI you’ll gain a more advanced understanding of the technical and professional aspects of protecting public health and preserving our environment.

This degree is also offered online.


MS students in Environmental Engineering at WPI engage in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research both locally and globally that aims to protect our world with effective solutions that address issues of water quality, human health, sustainability, and resource preservation.

By working side-by-side with our pioneering faculty, you’ll help lead advances in novel physical and chemical treatment processes, bacterial-natural organic matter interactions, water quality modeling, environmental hydraulics, protection of water resources, contaminant fate and transport, and more.

As a graduate student in WPI’s Civil & Environmental Engineering department, you’ll work in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in the CEE department, as well as in other specialized facilities on campus. You’ll explore different aspects of ecosystems—their functions, their composition, and the actions and policies that influence them—in labs designed for environmental, soil and water quality, and biochemical analyses.

Faculty Profiles

Derren Rosbach

Derren Rosbach

Associate Teaching Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering

The overarching goal of my teaching and research is to contribute to an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental governance and policy. More specifically, I focus on the building of individual, organizational and institutional capacities to participate in collaborative efforts to address complex social and environmental sustainability problems through the application of science and technology.

John Andrew Bergendahl

John A. Bergendahl

Associate Professor
Environmental Engineering

John Bergendahl is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Environmental Engineering at WPI. John has six years’ experience as a practicing engineer in industry, and holds a BS in mechanical engineering, an MS in environmental engineering, and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He conducted postdoctoral research in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program at the University of Texas in Austin.

Paul P. Mathisen

Paul Mathisen

Associate Professor
Environmental Engineering

Professor Mathisen's teaching and research concentrate in the areas of water resources and environmental engineering. He enjoys challenging himself to learn new ideas and concepts, which he can then apply to solve problems that can make a difference for other people. WPI's curriculum and projects program provide the perfect environment for fostering these opportunities. Professor Mathisen especially enjoys advising projects and working with students, since these activities always provide excellent opportunities to learn, solve problems, and make a difference.


Getting Involved

Getting Involved

The collaborative character of the Environmental Engineering program makes it an ideal way to become an integral part of the campus community. Specific to their major, many of our students participate in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES).

Students walking around the fountain in the springtime

After Graduation

Found in industries ranging from pharmaceutical manufacturing to sustainable energy and facilities planning, environmental engineering jobs are set to increase in the coming years, and candidates with master's degrees are among those to have the strongest prospects, says the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.