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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.


WPI’s EVE program offers flexibility for working professionals. Courses are offered on campus and online so you can balance your career and the pursuit of your education.


Your research and coursework here address real-world problems so you’ll be ready to apply what you’ve learned to urgent global problems facing society today.

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

Faculty Profiles

John Andrew Bergendahl

John A. Bergendahl

Associate Professor

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.

Suzanne  LePage

Suzanne LePage


Having initially graduated from WPI with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 1995, I returned to teach part-time and pursue graduate studies in 2007. While the intervening years as a professional planner provided me with a wide variety of experience assisting towns and regions with long-term planning goals, the teaching and project advising activities at WPI have been infinitely more rewarding. I teach classes in urban and environmental planning and advise undergraduate projects in those topics and others.

Paul P. Mathisen

Paul Mathisen

Associate Professor and Dir. of Sustainability

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.