The Accelerated Master’s Program in Environmental Engineering (AMP EnE) is a program designed to enable advanced UA undergraduate students to complete both the Bachelor of Science degree and the Master of Science degree in EnE in a total of 5 years. This program is available only for undergraduate students in 1) Chemical Engineering, 2) Civil Engineering, 3) Environmental Science, and 4) Environmental Engineering at the U of A.
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
How to apply
Students who have completed a minimum of 75 units are eligible to apply, usually early in the second semester of the student’s junior year (September or January). The student must create an account in GradApp (https://apply.grad.arizona.edu) and submit an online application to the Environmental Engineering AMP. (See https://grad.arizona.edu/catalog/programinfo/CHEMSCHEAMP) for more details. Once students have completed 90 units (usually at the end of their junior year’s second semester) and have a 3.30 or higher GPA, they may be accepted into the AMP. After acceptance to the AMP program, students register during their senior (fourth) year to take a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses and are classified as undergraduate students. The graduate courses can double-count, serving both as electives for the BS degree and as core or elective courses for the MS.
In order to be fully admitted into the MS Graduate Program, early in the second semester of their senior year (usually January), the AMP student must submit a new application for the MS in Chemical Engineering in order to be fully accepted into the CHEE MS program. The student will not be charged an application fee for this simplified application. An automatic application fee waiver will be granted. After completing the BS, students are then eligible to be fully accepted as MS degree students and matriculate into the graduate program. In the fifth and final year, students focus on graduate course work and their thesis or project. After completing the BS, students are then eligible to be fully accepted as MS degree students. In the fifth and final year, students focus on graduate course work and their thesis or project.
To be considered eligible to apply for the AMP EnvE, students must:
- Be a continuing University of Arizona undergraduate.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30.
- At the time of application, have completed a minimum of 75 units of undergraduate course work; a minimum of 12 undergraduate units must have been completed in the students major at University of Arizona’s main campus.
Research experience as an undergraduate is not a requirement, but it is desirable.
Required GRE Subject tests: not required but applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and be a University of Arizona continuing student (Junior status)
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
After admission into the AMP EnE program, students must select an advisor who will guide the student’s research or development work towards the completion of a thesis or master’s report. Writing a thesis or a report project is required.
CHEE 400 level courses that are convened with 500 level courses can be taken as electives for both the BS and the AMP programs—the 500 version of the course must be taken in this case.
However, Chemical Engineering BS students must take the 400 version of CHEE 420/520 and 477R/577R. These two courses are required for the Chemical Engineering BS program and, therefore, the 500 level course will not count toward the AMP. In order to meet the 30 units of graduate work required for the AMP, these students will need to take other graduate electives for the MS.
The AMP EnE can be either thesis or non-thesis and will follow the same requirements of the regular MS program, which can be found in the Chemical & Environmental Engineering (ChEE) graduate students handbook: https://chee.engineering.arizona.edu/sites/chee.engineering.arizona.edu/files/2022-23-CHEE-Grad-Student-Handbook.pdf
Core coursework: 19 units of required courses:
A minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 is required for all core and elective courses in the program, including those taken as an undergraduate student.
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. Elective courses that may be taken from the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering may 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. AMP students will register for CHEE 696A during each semester of their graduate year.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
This is an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP).
The Graduate College offers exceptional undergraduate students in selected majors the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as 5 years. The Accelerated Master's Program is for the top undergraduates in participating majors who plan to continue in a graduate program in the same, or closely related, UA discipline.
Programs will select from among a qualified pool, based on the following criteria. Individual programs may have more stringent or additional requirements: