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.
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.
Research and Teaching Assistantships
Most full-time ChE doctoral students in good academic standing are supported financially during their graduate studies. This includes an annual stipend, in-state tuition, out-of-state tuition (if applicable), and health insurance. Support is typically provided by the faculty adviser, using funds from the adviser's research grant or the department wide training grants (see following section), contingent upon the student's satisfactory academic progress and good standing in the ChE program. First-year support may be provided by the college in the form of a fellowship. Students can also apply for teaching assistantships which are offered each semester.
Detailed information about teaching and research assistantships is available in the UA Graduate College GA Manual.
Scholarships and Fellowships
The ChE graduate program encourages all students to seek fellowship and/or scholarship funding. The following resources simplify finding, applying for and managing 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.
Note to applicants: In order to receive priority consideration for fall admission and full consideration for department funding, fall applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their completed applications by December 15. The final deadline for fall applications is January 15. Late applications will be considered if the applicant has the support of a CHEE faculty member. Final deadline for spring applications is June 30. Most of our PhD students start in the fall; spring admission is rare and less likely to secure funding.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
NRC Taxon(a) for this program:
Please find detailed information and updates are located in our Student Handbook:
CHEMICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING GRADUATE STUDENT HANDBOOK: https://chee.engineering.arizona.edu/sites/chee.engineering.arizona.edu/files/2021-22-CHEE-Grad-Student-Handbook-rev2.pdf
Minumum credits: 63-66 units (depending on requirements of the student's minor department)
Core coursework: 19 units of required courses:
Additionally, Environmental Engineering PhD students must complete:
Twelve (12) 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.
Students with less than a 3.75 GPA in CHEE 500R, CHEE 500A, CHEE 575, CHEE 576B and CHEE 574 must take a written Qualifying Exam the first time it is offered after they complete these core courses. Passage of the Qualifying Exam is required for continuance in the PhD program.
All PhD students must fulfill the requirements for a minor in a program approved by the candidate and their dissertation advisor. Minor requirements are administered and approved by the minor department. They typically consist of 9 to 12 units of course work.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||17.39%|
|Med. Time-to-degree (years)||4.50|
|Enrollment Percent Male||54.17%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||45.83%|
|Enrollment Percent International||50%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||16.67%|