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Graduate Program

Master of Science in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering


The Master of Science in Environmental and Water Resources Engineeringprogram builds a balanced suite of courses providing tools necessary to integrate knowledge for planning, designing, and managing complex environmental and water resource systems. A total of ten course credits must be taken to fulfill the requirements of the Master of Science degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering.Students have the option of completing a thesis for two credits (thesis-option).

Requirements for non-thesis option: A full-time student can complete this option (MS-non-thesis) in one year.

  1. Core Courses (three credits) - Students may select any three of the following four courses, in consultation with his/her advisor, to satisfy the core requirement.

    • CEE 212 - Chemical Principles in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
    • CEE 213 - Transport Principles in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
    • CEE 214 - Environmental and Water Resources Systems Engineering
    • CEE 215 - Computational Methods in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

  2. Concentration Courses (five credits) - These courses enable students to study areas of particular interest in greater depth. Students may select any five of the following courses, in consultation with his/her advisor, to satisfy the concentration requirement. Students may also use the fourth core course as a Concentration Course. Other courses may be used as electives with advisor consent.

    • CEE 112 - Hydrology and Water Resource Engineering (Fall)
    • CEE 113 - Groundwater Hydrology (Fall)
    • CEE 114 (EOS 133) - Field Methods in Hydrogeology (Spring)
    • CEE 133 - Water and Wastewater Plant Design (Spring)
    • CEE 139 - Bioremediation: Natural and Enhanced (Spring*)
    • CEE 143 - Site Remediation (Spring)
    • CEE 172 - Fate and Transport of Environmental Contaminants (Spring*)
    • CEE 187 - Geographical Information Systems (Fall)
    • CEE 194A/CIS 203 - Water Diplomacy I: Water Science and Systems (Fall)
    • CEE 194B/CIS 204 - Water Diplomacy II: Public Policy Science and Ecological Economics (Fall)
    • CEE 194 - Special Topics: Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering (Fall)
    • CEE 202 - Environmental Statistics (Spring)
    • CEE 241 - Biology of Water and Health (Fall)
    • CEE 287 (EOS-287) - Subsurface Fluid Dynamics (Fall)
    • CEE 294 - Geostatistics and Time Series Modeling (Fall)
    • CEE 294 - Integrated Water Resources Management (Fall)
    • ES 152 - Engineering Systems - Stochastic Systems (Spring*)
    • EOS 132 - Groundwater Chemistry and Quality
    • EOS 288 - Groundwater Modeling (Spring)
    • CHBE 140 - Surface and Colloidal Chemistry (Fall)
    • MATH 161 - Introduction to Probability (Fall)
    • MATH 162 - Introduction to Statistics (Spring)
    • ECON 107 - Introduction to Econometrics
    • ES 101 - Numerical Methods (Fall)
    • UEP 294 - Water: Systems, Science and Society (WSSS) Research Practicum (Spring)
    • UEP 279 - Water Resources Policy and Watershed Management (Fall)
    • UEP 206 - Planning for Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure
    • GIS 101 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
      * course is offered every other year
  3. Professional Practice (one credit)- May be replaced by a technical elective with the consent of advisor. CEE-185 Legal Issues of Engineering Management, or courses offered at Tufts Gordon Institute.

  4. Graduate Environmental Seminar (one credit)- Every student in the Environmental and Water Resources graduate program is required to attend and participate in the weekly seminar series. Every student must enroll in CEE 292 Graduate Seminar during each of the Fall and Spring semesters. Each M.S. student is required to give at least one presentation related to their area of interest in this seminar series during their graduate studies.

    Requirements for thesis option:A full-time student is expected to complete this option (MS-thesis) in two years.

    Requirements are the same as the non-thesis option with the provision that Thesis Research (2 course credits) may replace the equivalent number of course credits in concentration courses.