The Environmental Engineering Program is one of the top ranked graduate engineering programs at UA, and highly ranked nationally. The program has long-standing strengths in water and wastewater treatment science and technology as well as technology transfer, hazardous waste treatment, development of environmentally-friendly technologies for industry, and atmospheric research. Owing to the multidisciplinary strengths of Environmental Engineering, students participate in research collaborations with numerous other programs such as Chemical Engineering, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, Civil Engineering, Mining and Geological Engineering, and Environmental Science.
This department’s environmental research contributes to the UA being one of the top ranked world programs in environmental science research.
Departmental research takes advantage of state-of-the-art facilities such as the Water & Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center (http://west.arizona.edu/), the BIO5 Institute (http://www.bio5.org/), the Micro/Nano Fabrication Center (https://research.arizona.edu/learn-more-micro-nano-fabrication-center), and various facilities associated with the Institute for Energy Solutions (https://energy.arizona.edu/).
Students in this program have a good track record of receiving financial aid from both university and federal fellowships. Environmental Engineering is a rapidly-growing field with promising job prospects in public and private sectors. Graduates of this program most commonly obtain jobs in industry, government organizations, consulting, and continue on to advanced education to enter academia.
College of Engineering
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
In order to be academically prepared for graduate-level coursework and research in Environmental Engineering, applicants should have successfully completed the following undergraduate courses when they apply:
Applicants lacking one or two undergraduate courses at the time of application may provide a plan to gain competence in these areas in their Statement of Purpose.
When applicants apply, these items must be sent through the Graduate College online application.
GRE: Note that the GRE is optional and your application will still be reviewed if GRE scores are not included. The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 1103 - EEN
English proficiency is required for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants may submit scores from a number of accepted English proficiency tests. A comprehensive list, along with minimum accepted scores, can be found at https://grad.arizona.edu/admissions/requirements/international-applicants#english-proficiency. The Graduate College does not accept Duolingo for University of Arizona graduate applicants. Note that the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering does not offer conditional admission for applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements of an English Proficiency test.
Financial assistance, such as research or teaching assistantships, tuition waivers or hourly grader positions, is available according to merit and awarded on a competitive basis after review of the applicants admitted to our program. Note that such funding for MS students is not guaranteed and available funds are limited.
Master's students may also be supported by a variety of fellowships and scholarships. The following resources can simplify finding, applying for and managing additional fellowships and scholarships:
After the application deadline passes, the faculty will review all of the applications and make recommendations for admissions. If you are recommended for admission, the Graduate College will email you. At this time, the Graduate College may request original transcripts for verification. They will send you your actual admissions paperwork by post, or contact you by email if you are missing any items such as your degree certificate, original transcripts or financial guarantee. Applications for the fall semester are reviewed in February, March and April.
NOTE: The Graduate College recommends a deadline for applicants; our department reserves the right to extend the deadline as listed above.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
All MS Students
We offer a thesis- and a non-thesis MS track. Both degree tracks require 30 units of graduate level coursework. All Environmental Engineering MS students are required to take the following courses (19 units) at the UA or an approved equivalent elsewhere:
Thesis MS Students
The thesis MS track requires 30 units of graduate level coursework. In addition to the required courses listed above (19 units), all students undertaking the Master’s thesis track must complete the following:
The non-thesis MS track requires 30 units of coursework. In addition to the required courses listed above (19 units), all students undertaking the Master’s non-thesis track must complete the following courses:
Six (6) units of electives are required to complete the program. Elective courses are determined at the discretion of the individual student and the student's faculty advisor, usually relevant to the student's research. CHEE courses that may serve as electives include:
All CHEE graduate students are required to register and attend CHEE 696A, the CHEE Graduate Seminar (1 unit), each semester that they are in the program.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||65%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||2.00|
|Enrollment Percent Male||50%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||50%|
|Enrollment Percent International||10%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||30%|