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Environmental Engineering

The Master of Engineering (M.E.) program builds practical skills in both engineering and business management. Professionals in the field maintain and improve environmental quality and public health.

Why Choose Environmental Engineering?

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If caring for the environment and improving people’s lives are values you want to live in the workplace, then now is the time to pursue your M.E. in Environmental Engineering.   

Our program emphasizes current applications and the underlying theoretical basis for sound engineering practice, in keeping with the societal need for maintaining and improving environmental quality and public health.

Potential job titles include:

  • Water Resources Engineer
  • Water/Wastewater Engineer
  • Remediation Engineer
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*Salary estimate provided by the The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Faculty in the environmental engineering program help students make connections in the industry and assist with creating job opportunities. The environmental engineering program also prepares students by making sure they are equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace.

Emily Nealon ’20 ’21 (M.E.) , Wastewater Engineer at Woodard & Curran

Conduct Research with Experts

In this program you’ll work to provide the public with safe and reliable drinking water, clean air and waterways. You may also ensure the proper disposal of solid and hazardous waste, and manage effective environmental site restoration.

Recently, students in this program have done research with faculty that was funded by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), the Water Research Foundation (WRF), ExxonMobil and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

  • Find Learning That Matches Your Lifestyle

    Pursue your master’s degree in environmental engineering on a timeline that syncs with your lifestyle. You may earn your degree  in either a blended online and in-person format or entirely in-person. Note: There is at least one in-person course required for this degree.
  • Join an Enthusiastic Community

    Manhattan College’s values—faith, respect, and community—continuously foster the supportive, enthusiastic community that makes this college special. 

    Friendships with peers and faculty enrich your social life and deepen your education, pushing you to look at problems differently and re-energizing you to tackle them anew. 

  • Build Valuable Skills

    The environmental engineering master’s degree program will  help you develop skills in data analysis and interpretation, treatment process design, water quality modeling and technical writing.

    Debating an M.S. vs. M.E.? Generally, an M.E. builds practical skills that apply to both engineering and business management, whereas an M.S. will focus more on research and development, scientific analysis, and theoretical studies, preparing you for roles in research and development.

    Learn more about our M.S. in Environmental Engineering.

  • Discover Professional Opportunities

    We offer a graduate internship program in which you work for one of the environmental engineering companies in New York City for three days a week and take classes at Manhattan College for two days a week. 

    These internships are paid for by the engineering firm and include either a tuition scholarship or a tuition discount. The internships typically last 16-18 months, corresponding to three academic semesters or the length of time required for most students to earn their master’s degree.

    Manhattan College graduates, within and without the internship program, have landed positions at public agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP). In the private sector, graduates are now employed at AECOM, Con Edison, Hazen & Sawyer, CDM Smith, and Langan. 

    Students are also encouraged to explore fellowships, research assistantships and consulting projects, and join degree-related clubs like the New York Water Environmental Association
  • Admission Requirements

    Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited college or institution acceptable to Manhattan College or from a recognized foreign institution and should hold a bachelor's degree from an engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. 

    The undergraduate degree should be in the same discipline in which the applicant is seeking a master's degree. Applicants who possess a bachelor's degree in another engineering discipline may be required to take prerequisite courses for admission.

    Normally, an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required, although other factors are considered.

  • Program Requirements

    To earn your Master of Engineering (M.E.) at the College you are required to complete:

    • 30 minimum credit hours
    • Required courses: ENVG505 (Surface Water Quality Modeling), ENVG 506 (Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes), ENVG508 (Environmental Chemistry), ENVG738 (Experimental Analysis in Environmental Engineering), ENVG718 (Biological Treatment of Wastewaters), and ENVG736 (Environmental Advanced Unit Operations)
    • Optional 3-credit independent study or a 6-credit thesis
    • Duration is generally 18-24 months.

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  • Meet Our Faculty

    faculty member teaching graduate level Environmental Engineering class

    The Civil & Environmental Engineering department faculty are committed to serving you, and the greater good, through science.

    Work side-by-side in small classes with fewer than 15 students, which allow for thoughtful interaction with peers and professors alike. 

  • What Other Students are Asking
    Frequently asked questions from students:
    • What courses are required for the program?
      ENVG505 (Surface Water Quality Modeling), ENVG 506 (Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes), ENVG508 (Environmental Chemistry), ENVG738 (Experimental Analysis in Environmental Engineering), ENVG718 (Biological Treatment of Wastewaters), and ENVG736 (Environmental Advanced Unit Operations).
    • Can I take courses outside of the Environmental Engineering department?
      Up to two courses outside of the ENVG offerings (e.g., ENGG, CHMG, COMG) may be taken with approval of the Program Director.
    • Do I have to do a thesis?
      No, but you do have the option of completing a 3-credit independent study or a 6-credit thesis as part of your degree.  These Special Topics courses are an independent research project advised by a faculty member and must be approved by the program director. 
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