MS, Environmental Engineering


Environmental engineers in the department are actively researching the fate and impact of pharmaceuticals in wastewater, analysis and remediation of toxic pollutants in soils and other environments, the processes governing atmospheric chemistry and aerosol pollution, and advanced real-time modeling and monitoring of groundwater-surface water conditions.

Students can choose from three degree pathways for a MS degree in Environmental Engineering (ENEN):

  • thesis pathway 
  • project pathway
  • course-only pathway

For the Thesis pathway, students must also complete a qualifying examination, write a research thesis and pass an oral defense of the thesis. All students must satisfy the GPA and course requirements for their field of specialty within five years of admission.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours with thesis pathway, project pathway or course-only  The student must satisfy the GPA and course requirements for their field of specialty.

ENEN Core Curriculum

Four core courses are required for all students in the environmental engineering area.

  • ENEN 610 Environmental Chemistry
  • ENEN 612 Environmental Physicochemical Processes
  • ENEN 614 Environmental Biological Processes
  • ENEN 660 Air Pollution
Transfer Credits

No more than six credits may be transferred from another university. Credit transfer and/or exceptions to the 6-credit transfer limit must be approved by the Graduate Program Director and the Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

Program Prerequisites

Students looking to pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering may or may not have a undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline. All applicants, no matter what undergraduate degree one has completed, must have earned a B or better in key prerequisite courses.
The key prerequisites for the Environmental Engineering graduate programs are:



Admission requirements and procedures correspond to the requirements set forth by the UMBC Graduate School. Information on our Fee Free Application available here.