The Clarkson University Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is ranked among the top in the nation at the graduate level by U.S. News & World Report 2019.

Graduate courses and research can lead to master of science (MS) or doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees, and many students take advantage of these courses.


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Blossom Nwedo
"I chose to attend Clarkson because it will help me to achieve my goals. Clarkson is known to be an outstanding university for research, and it's recognized as one of the best engineering schools in the nation, especially the environmental engineering program. I'm right where I want to be."  

Blossom Nwedo '20, PhD, Civil & Environmental Engineering


MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Clarkson offers an MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering. This program typically takes 18 - 24 months and includes thesis and non-thesis completion options.

Civil & Environmental Engineering MS Curriculum

PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering

The PhD program is 90 credit hours beyond the a Bachelors degree. Thirty nine credit hours are spent doing coursework while 6 credit hours are spent in seminar. The rest is a combination of thesis and other doctoral work.

Civil & Environmental Engineering PhD Curriculum

Areas of Study

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

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    Bridge monitoring and infrastructure health.
  • Geopolymer/Portland cement free concrete.
  • Strength of materials ranging from Antarctic ice to novel composite building materials.
  • Indoor air quality.
  • Bioenergy production and the associated life cycle environmental impacts.
  • Fate of contaminants in air, water and soil systems.
  • Air quality monitoring and modeling.
  • Oil spill modeling and environmental impacts.
  • River and ocean ice dynamics.
  • Hydrologic, river and coastal processes.
  • Structural dynamics and control.
  • Uncertainty qualification and validation of infrastructure computational models.
  • Transportation infrastructure: characterization of materials and smart sensing systems.
  • Geotechnical reliability-based design and risk assessment.

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


MS Admission Requirements

A BS, BE or equivalent degree from an accredited program in civil and environmental engineering or other engineering discipline is required for admission. Applicants with degrees in disciplines other than engineering may be required to demonstrate proficiency through additional undergraduate coursework as determined by the departmental graduate committee. This may comprise an additional semester of study for which graduate credit cannot be granted.

No minimum grade point average is required for admission. However, a superior record of academic achievement is expected of all applicants.

PhD Admissions Requirements

An MS degree from a program in Civil and Environmental Engineering or other engineering discipline is required for admission.

A complete application file consists of the following:
  • Application form.
  • Resume and statement of purpose.
  • Letters of recommendation — three letters required.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Test scores — GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable).

*GRE maybe waived for some applicants.

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired; this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.

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If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply, contact

Graduate Admissions Team

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