Jun 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Environmental Engineering, M.S.E.V.

College of Engineering  
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering 


  • Engineering for International Development

Also offered as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways  


The M.S.E.V. degree provides a student with the opportunity to earn the advanced degree with either coursework only or research thesis options.  Students must have an accredited first degree in engineering or complete a list of prerequisite engineering coursework.  An optional concentration in Engineering for International Development allows students to combine their graduate education and research with international engineering service.  

The M.S.E.V. with thesis is a research-oriented degree in which the student writes, as a major part of the degree requirements, a thesis that defines, examines, and reports in depth on a subject area relevant to Environmental Engineering. Both the thesis and non-thesis options prepare graduates for careers with governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), or private industry and firms involved in Environmental Engineering planning, design, or policy.  

The environmental engineering laboratories provide state-of-the-art analytical and experimental equipment for chemical and biological research.  Equipment includes an ion chromatograph, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, several gas chromatographs (including with mass spectrometry), HPLC, TOC machine, and environmental chambers.  Field research sites are available locally and in several international settings that include developing world communities.  

Graduates of the major are prepared for careers in academia, governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), or private industry and firms involved in planning, design, research and development, or policy.


The Florida Board of Professional Engineers allows for successful completion of a graduate studies leading to Master’s degree in engineering to provide credit toward one year of engineering experience.

Major Research Areas:

Water quality engineering; air quality engineering; fate and transport of contaminants in the environment; environmental biotechnology and nanotechnology; waste management; sustainability and ecological engineering; surface water hydrology and hydraulics; groundwater hydrology; water reuse; green engineering; renewable energy; fate of emerging contaminants; and humanitarian engineering with a focus on the developing world.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE with preferred minimum scores of V (25th percentile), Q (60th percentile), AW (15th percentile); or valid Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) certificate. Verification of FE certification should be obtained from the professional engineering (PE) board where the FE certification was obtained.
  • Two (2) Letters of Reference provided at the time of application. EFD students must submit 3 Letters of Reference.
  • Statement of Purpose provided at the time of application.
  • Resume provided at the time of application.
  • Exceptions made on a case-by-case basis where warranted.
  • Intake form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeN_MdTzEBtvJAUMLwOz8WRF1be-bUMg-pzot1FPJRS_b9PlA/viewform 

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 30 Credit hours

  • Core courses – 9 Credit hours
  • Other required courses – 3 Credit hours
  • Concentration or Electives - 12 Credit hours
  • Thesis or Non-thesis Option – 6 Credit hours

Other required courses (3 Credit Hours Minimum)

At least one of the following:

Concentration Requirements (12 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students select either the concentration or electives.

Engineering for International Development Concentration

Students must engage in full-time global training and service as part of the concentration (e.g., in the U.S. Peace Corps, with a nongovernmental organization, UNESCO-IHE, or equivalent).  This work must be incorporated into the student’s thesis.  Students may register for CST 6990 for 0 credit hours while in their country of service.  Note that this concentration is not open for non-thesis option students.

Elective Courses

Beyond the core coursework, 12 additional credit hours are required, based on approval of the student’s graduate committee. Students in the Engineering for International Development Concentration complete the concentration requirements and then one elective course.

Thesis/Non-Thesis (6 Credit Hours Minimum)

  • Credit Hours: 2-19
  • Students pursuing the M.S.E.V. are required to complete at least six (6) credits of Thesis.  Students must conduct a suitable research project under the guidance of their thesis advisor, write an original thesis based upon the results of the research project, and defend the thesis to a committee that must subsequently approve the completed thesis.  For students in the Engineering for International Development Concentration, the thesis must be associated with research in a developing-world context.


  • Non-Thesis Portfolio Option – 6 hours minimum

    At least two courses (6 credits) must be from this list:


  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Credit Hours: 3

    The purpose of the portfolio presentation and interview is for students to demonstrate that they have achieved a minimum level of proficiency in stipulated competencies.  Specifically, by the time, they graduate, students will demonstrate:

    • an ability to plan, compose, and integrate verbal, written, virtual, and graphical communication of a project to technical and non-technical audiences, and
    • an ability to formulate and solve complex problems in Environmental Engineering using relevant data and techniques.

    Additional details regarding portfolio requirements will be provided to students by the Department.

Comprehensive Exam

The thesis and defense are used in lieu of a comprehensive exam. For non-thesis students, the portfolio, oral presentation and interview are used in lieu of a comprehensive exam.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway

Also available as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway