Environmental Engineering MSEnvE

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College : Engineering and Computer Science Degree :MSVE
Department : Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites : http://www.cece.ucf.edu


The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering program was created for students who have an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering or any other closely related degree in engineering. Applicants are expected to be knowledgeable in topics including chemistry, process design, water resources, and air pollution. The program focuses on pollution control, pollution prevention, and the correction of pollution effects on natural and man-made environments.


The Environmental Engineering MSEnvE program offers both thesis and nonthesis options with each requiring 30 credit hours of courses beyond the bachelor’s degree. Prerequisites are required depending upon the discipline of a student’s bachelor’s degree. The thesis option is primarily for those who can devote a full-time effort to their research project and is required for all students supported on contracts and grants, as well as any student receiving department financial support. The nonthesis option is recommended strongly for part-time students and requires submission of an end-of-program portfolio as a requirement for graduation.
Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Students choosing the thesis option must take 15 credit hours of required courses, 9 credit hours of electives, and 6 thesis credit hours. Students choosing the nonthesis option must take 15 credit hours of required courses, 15 credit hours of electives, and submit a portfolio pass a comprehensive final examination before graduating.  

Students develop an individualized program of study with a faculty adviser. At least 24 credit hours in the program of study must be earned exclusive of thesis and research courses and Directed Research (XXX 6918) is not permitted in MSEnvE program of study.

Research studies or projects are required in one or more courses. The research study or project will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research or engineering issues in a student’s particular specialization within the profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to best practices in that specialization area.

Prerequisites (Articulation)

The completion of prerequisite courses may be required before students can begin program course work. Please contact the program director to review your background and determine the prerequisites that you may need to take.

The following mathematics prerequisite requirement is for all students.

  • Calculus through Differential Equations

The following prerequisites may be required for students with undergraduate degrees in Civil, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering. Equivalent courses may be acceptable.

  • ENV 3001 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CWR 4632 Water Resources I (4 credit hours)
  • ENV 4120 Air Pollution Control (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 4531 Environmental Engineering Operations and Processes I (3 credit hours)

The following prerequisites may be required for students with undergraduate degrees in other Engineering disciplines.

  • ENV 3001 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • CWR 4632 Water Resources I (4 credit hours)
  • CWR 4633 Water Resources II (3 credit hours)
  • EES 4111C Biological Process Control (3 credit hours)
  • EES 4202C Chemical Process Control (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 4120 Air Pollution Control (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 4531 Environmental Engineering and Processes I (3 credit hours)

Required Courses—15 Credit Hours

All students are required to take the following two courses and then choose one course from each of the three groupings below.

  • ENV 6015 Physical/Chemical Treatment Systems in Environmental Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6016 Biological Treatment Systems in Environmental Engineering* (3 credit hours)
Waste Treatment/ Water Treatment/ Industrial Waste Treatment
  • ENV 6347 Hazardous Waste Incineration (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6558 Industrial Waste Treatment (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 5410 Water Treatment (3 credit hours)
  • EES 5318 Industrial Ecology (3 credit hours)
Air Quality
  • ENV 6106 Theory and Practice of Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling (3 credit hours)
  • ENV 6126 Design of Air Pollution Controls* (3 credit hours)
Water Resources
  • Any CWR course at the 5000 or 6000 level (3 credit hours)

Note: Courses with an asterisk (*) provide an independent learning experience for students, consisting of a research or design project. Nonthesis students are required to take at least one of the courses with an asterisk.

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

All students, both thesis and nonthesis, are required to take 9 credit hours of elective courses.  Courses that comprise the elective part of the program are selected in accordance with the general requirements of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and often include courses taken from the following two sub-discipline areas:

  • Environmental Specialization—Any of the appropriate ENV graduate-level courses (5000 or 6000) with the consent of the student’s adviser
  • Water Resources Specialization—Any of the appropriate CWR graduate-level courses (5000 or 6000) with the consent of the student’s adviser

Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Thesis students are expected to complete an independent research project and then write and successfully defend their thesis.

  • XXX 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours) 

The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements be approved by the student's adviser and posted on the college's website and on the Events Calendar and on the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date.

Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours

Nonthesis students must take 6 more credit hours of electives in addition to the 9 credit hours of electives described above. 

  • Electives (6 credit hours)

Portfolio Requirement

Students are required to complete a culminating experience. The culminating experience for nonthesis MS students is submission of an end-of-program portfolio. The portfolio requirements are listed on the CECE website.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Environmental Engineering MSEnvE program pay a $16 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $8 per semester.

Independent Learning

A research or design project serves as the independent learning experience for thesis students. Nonthesis students are required to take at least one of the courses marked with an asterisk (*), denoting an independent learning experience, and submit an end-of-program portfolio.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science strongly encourages prospective applicants to request a free pre-screening (www.cecs.ucf.edu/prescreen) of their qualifications prior to submitting an online application for graduate admission. However, a pre-screening is not required; rather, it is offered as a courtesy to all prospective applicants before they commit to submitting a complete online application and paying an application processing fee.

Admissions decisions are made on the basis of a complete online application only, and not on the basis of any pre-screening. Prospective applicants who are encouraged to apply to their intended graduate program based on the information provided for their pre-screening are not assured of admission or financial assistance when they submit a complete online application. Although it is possible, it is not likely, that prospective applicants who are discouraged from formally applying to a graduate program at the pre-screening stage will be admitted if they elect to submit a complete online application anyway.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Résumé.
  • Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting applicants into their research programs.

The GRE is not required, however, taking the GRE is highly recommended for students wishing to pursue a thesis. In order to be considered for any fellowships, a GRE score is required.

Those applying to the programs without a directly related undergraduate degree should closely check the prerequisites. Students with nontechnical undergraduate degrees are recommended to complete a second undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering before applying to graduate school.

Final articulation requirements will be determined by the department after students have been admitted and after discussions with their advisers.

Application Deadlines

Environmental Engineering MSEnvE *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1


International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1


*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.