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Environmental Engineering (MS) 
Program Description

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 Soil, Water 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 (, the BIO5 Institute (, the Micro/Nan Fabrication Center (, and various facilities associated with the Institute for Energy Solutions (

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. 

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Chemical and Environmental Engineering -

College of Engineering  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Michelle Wik
Graduate Program Coordinator
Michelle Wik
Director of Graduate Studies
James Farrell
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Cindy T Nguyen
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

GRE required for Domestic and International Applicants
3 letters of recommendation
Statement of Purpose

Standardized Tests

Required test(s):  GRE
Minimum GRE Verbal: -- no minimum
Minimum GRE Quantitative:  -- no minimum
Minumum GRE Written:  --- no minimum
Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum  iBT: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7

The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 1001 - CHE


Financial Aid

Research and Teaching Assistantships

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: September 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: June 30
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

All M.S. 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 at the UA or an approved equivalent elsewhere:

CHEE 500R, Water Chemistry for Engineers, CHEE 500L Environmental Engineering Laboratory, CHEE 574, Environmental Transport Processes, CHEE 576A, Water Treatment System Design, CHEE 576B, Wastewater Treatment System Design, CHEE 577R, Microbiology for Engineers, CHEE 676, Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment.

Thesis MS Students

The thesis MS track requires 30 units of graduate level coursework. In addition to the required courses listed above, all students undertaking the Master’s thesis track must complete the following:

CHEE 910, Thesis (4 units), CHEE 696A, Seminar (1 unit), Approved Electives (6 units)

Non-Thesis Students

The non-thesis MS track requires 30 units of coursework. In addition to the required courses listed above, all students undertaking the Master’s non-thesis track must complete the following courses:

CHEE 909, Masters Report (4 units), CHEE 696A, Seminar (1 unit), Approved Electives (6 units)

Minor Requirements


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Last revised 20 Jul 2017