Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE)

Note: Any degree requirement stated below is applicable for 2018-2019 catalog year. Refer to catalog.gmu.edu for previous catalog year requirements.

The environmental and water resources concentration integrates the fundamentals and the design of environmental and water resources engineering systems.  Students begin from a common set of graduate courses that address infrastructure modeling and systems analysis.  They explore the theoretical principles and design associated with environmental and water resources engineering as they relate to water, soil, and air, complemented by courses in risk reduction and communication.  Additional courses are selected from graduate electives that draw from the expertise of Mason faculty and accomplished practitioners who lead national engineering practice.

The environmental and water resources engineering concentration builds on undergraduate civil engineering education. Students with related undergraduate degrees, for example, in other branches of engineering or in the related physical sciences, may be admitted with a requirement to complete civil engineering undergraduate articulation courses before beginning coursework creditable toward the M.S. degree.

Application for graduate studies begins by reviewing the graduate admissions requirements. Information on tuition and funding is provided here.

Plan of Study

Students must complete a faculty-approved plan of study with a minimum of 30 credits of graduate work, including two core courses (CEIE601 and CEIE605); at least three concentration core courses in environmental and water resource engineering; electives selected by the student with the approval of a faculty advisor, which may include a six credit research thesis; and a seminar requirement (CEIE795).

Students are responsible for developing and receiving faculty approval on a plan of study no later than the end of their second semester of study. Courses taken without prior approval by the faculty advisor may not be accepted for credit toward the degree. No more than three courses used for credit toward the M.S. may be cross-listed as undergraduate courses. None may repeat material completed as part of the student’s previous studies. Most M.S. courses are offered on a three semester rotation.

Students are required to take at least three of the following five concentration core courses in environmental and water resources engineering.

  • CEIE 641 – Water Resources Engineering I: Principles and Practice Credits: 3
  • CEIE 657 – Environmental Engineering Microbiology Credits: 3
  • CEIE 658 – Water Quality Credits: 3
  • CEIE 742 – Water Resources Engineering II: Water Resource Systems Credits: 3
  • COMM 637 – Risk Communication Credits: 3

The remaining elective credits depend on whether the student is pursuing research credits or not.  Students choose one of the following options:

  • Thesis: 6 credits of CEIE 799 and at least 9 credits of electives
  • Project: 3 credits of CEIE 798 and at least 12 credits of electives
  • All coursework: at least 15 credits of electives

A list of approved electives for the environmental and water resources engineering concentration is provided below. Note that the remaining environmental and water resources engineering core courses can also be selected as electives.

  • CEIE 540 – Water Supply and Distribution Credits: 3 *
  • CEIE 542 – Open Channel Flow Credits: 3 *
  • CEIE 550 – Environmental Engineering Systems Credits: 3 *
  • CEIE 553 – Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes Credits: 3 *
  • CEIE 607 – Public Infrastructure Management and Finance Credits: 3
  • or GBUS 510 – Engineering Marketing and Financial Analysis Credits: 3
  • CEIE 634 – Groundwater and Geoenvironmental Design Credits: 3
  • CEIE 642 – Flood Hazards Engineering Credits: 3
  • CEIE 643 – Coastal Flood Hazards Credits: 3
  • CEIE 649 – Special Topics in Water Resources Engineering Credits: 0-3
  • CEIE 659 – Hazardous Waste Credits: 3
  • CEIE 664 – Transportation Engineering and the Environment Credits: 3
  • CEIE 683 – Water and Wastewater Systems Security Credits: 3
  • CHEM 627 – Aquatic Environmental Chemistry Credits: 3
  • CHEM 651 – Environmental Chemistry of Organic Substances Credits: 3
  • CLIM 714 – Land-Climate Interactions Credits: 3
  • CSI 501 – Introduction to Scientific Programming Credits: 3
  • CSI 690 – Numerical Methods Credits: 3
  • CSI 720 – Fluid Mechanics Credits: 3
  • CSI 721 – Computational Fluid Dynamics I Credits: 3
  • EVPP 524 – Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics Credits: 3
  • EVPP 670 – Environmental Law Credits: 3
  • GGS 553 – Geographic Information System Credits: 3
  • GGS 656 – The Hydrosphere Credits: 3
  • GGS 671 – Algorithms and Modeling in GIS Credits: 3
  • GGS 787 – Scientific Data Mining for Geoinformatics Credits: 3
  • STAT 554 – Applied Statistics I Credits: 3

Electives outside of the chosen concentration can only be taken or substituted with the approval of the faculty advisor.

(Courses marked with * are cross-listed as undergraduate courses. No more than three electives used for credit towards the M.S. may be cross-listed as undergraduate courses)