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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.

Graduate courses and research can lead to a Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Civil and Environmental Engineering.


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Civil & Environmental Engineering Curriculum

MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Clarkson offers an MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering. This 30-credit program typically takes 18-24 months and includes thesis and non-thesis completion options.

MS Curriculum

PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Clarkson's PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering requires 90 credit-hours beyond the bachelor's degree. Thirty-nine credit-hours are spent doing coursework, while six credit-hours are spent in seminar. The rest is a combination of thesis and other doctoral work.

PhD Curriculum

Areas of Study

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

  1. Environmental Engineering
  2. Geotechnical Engineering
  3. Structural and Materials Engineering
  4. Water Resources Engineering
  5. Construction Engineering Management

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.

Civil & Environmental Engineering faculty and students pouring concrete

Civil and Environmental Engineering Research

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:

  • 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.
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

Admission to Civil and Environmental Engineering Programs

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • GRE Test Scores.
    • Waived: The GRE requirement will be waived for Fall 2021 applicants.
  • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (80), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).

MS Prerequisites: 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. Applicants should demonstrate a history of high academic achievement.

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


A limited number of one-year and/or partial year tuition scholarships are available for qualified full-time students. A limited number of stipends are also available. Most scholarships and/or stipends are associated with department assistantships or completion of a master’s thesis as part of the qualified applicant’s plan of study to complete his/her degree program.

Learn more about all of our scholarships and how to apply by contacting the Engineering Department via email

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