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The Clarkson University Civil & Environmental Engineering Department is highly ranked at the graduate level by U.S. News & World Report 2016. Graduate courses and research can lead to a degree of Master of Science, Master of Engineering or Doctor of Philosophy. There are currently 50 full-time graduate students in these programs.

We offer a Master of Science (MS) in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a project-based Master of Engineering (ME). Thirty credits of coursework, seminar and project or research work are required for the MS degree. The ME degree can be completed in one academic year or two years or more when pursued part time and is often coupled with a second year in the MBA program. The MS degree typically takes 18-24 months and requires students to write and defend a thesis on their independent research.

Our Ph.D. program in Civil & Environmental Engineering requires 90 credit hours and is typically completed in four years. 

Graduate education in civil and environmental engineering concentrates in the following specialties:

All graduate students use state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities as they focus their research on engineering problems and applied science topics.

Interdisciplinary research is facilitated through the Institute for a Sustainable Environment, the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science, and the Center for Advanced Materials Processing.

Graduate Student Success
Some examples of recent M.S. and Ph.D titles:

  • Mark Bayer, "Improving Building Energy Modeling by Application of a Holistic Occupancy Schedule", M.S., 2014
  • Elisabeth Deir, "Alkali Activated Fly Ash Systems: Reaction Kinetics, Microstructure, Strength and Stability", M.S., 2014
  • Ashley E. Waldron, "Minimizing DBP Formation Potential of High-TOC Surface Water after Membrane Filtration using Coagulation and other Pretreatment Methods", M.S., 2015
  • Fengbin Huang, "A Numerical Study on River Ice and Sediment Dynamics", Ph.D., 2014
  • Malinda Wimalaratne, "A Model for Ecological Impact Assessment from Deepwater Releases of Hydrocarbons (Methane)", Ph.D., 2014  

Details and Application Process
Admission to graduate study will be granted to qualified applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree in civil engineering or who have equivalent qualifications. Outstanding students who have a baccalaureate degree in other fields of engineering or science will also be considered for admission.

Competitive research or teaching assistantships that include a full stipend and tuition waiver are available for MS and Ph.D. students.  Partial funding is also available through partial tuition waivers and graduate assistantships.

Additional information found in the Coulter School of Engineering Graduate Student handbook, and the CEE Department Graduate handbook,

To apply, click here.

For more information contact the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Clarkson University
PO Box 5710
Potsdam, NY 13699-5710
Phone: 315-268-7701       

Maggie Knuth

Maggie Knuth MS'06
Civil Engineering
Plainfield, Indiana

While an environmental engineering graduate student at Clarkson, Maggie Knuth '05 was able to travel to Antarctica, where she now travels to frequently for her job with the National Science Foundation.

Read more about Maggie's experience.

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