Civil and Environmental Engineering M.Eng. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Program Description

The professional degree of Master of Engineering (Civil & Environmental) is intended primarily for persons who plan to practice engineering directly. Admission preference is given to applicants with an accredited United States civil engineering degree or a substantial equivalent. The professional degree requires a minimum of thirty credits of graduate-level work in the principles and practices of the field. Specific requirements include a broad-based technical background in the field, courses in design, and professional practice. Additional information may be obtained from the Graduate Program Coordinator, 219 Hollister Hall.

Civil Infrastructure Systems aims to augment the traditional education in infrastructure engineering with additional perspectives and systems methods to address  new challenges. These new  challenges are: understanding how structures behave as a system of components and how individual structures behave together as an infrastructure system and understanding the technical aspects of infrastructure engineering within the social, economic, political and cultural context in which they exist. Further, consideration must be given to long-term maintenance, operation and destruction and uncertainties that affect infrastructure system design and analysis.

Environmental Processes is concerned with the protection and management of the quality of the environment for the benefit of society. Degree programs emphasize biological, chemical, and physical phenomena and engineering principles; laboratory and computational skills; and their application to the analysis of relevant problems.

Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology involves the study of fluid mechanics of the environment and the associated application to hydraulics, hydrology, coastal oceanography, and meteorology as related to the wet earth and atmosphere.

Environmental and Water Resources Systems Engineering. Research and instruction in this area address the development and application of scientific principles, economic theory, and mathematical techniques to the management and planning of public infrastructure and environmental and water resource systems. Research projects include evaluation of engineering projects, groundwater contaminant modeling and remediation optimization, statistical analysis of hydrologic processes, hydropower systems optimization, water supply systems management, water quality planning, risk analysis, river basin and groundwater systems planning and operation, ecological systems management, sustainable development and computer graph

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-7560

219 Hollister Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • environmental and water resources systems engineering
  • environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology
  • environmental processes
  • geotechnical engineering
  • remote sensing
  • structural engineering
  • structural mechanics (minor)
  • transportation systems engineering


2019-2020: $56,550

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Jan. 5     Spring, Oct. 15.  There is no spring admission to the Structural Engineering concentration. M.Eng. applicants interested in Structural Engineering should apply for fall admission or consider selecting a different concentration

Requirements Summary:

Applicants must submit scores for the GRE general test. Applicants must have minimum iBT Tips TOEFL scores of 20 in Writing;15 in Listening; 20 in Reading; and 22 in Speaking. Additional information is available on request from the graduate field office.

  • all Graduate School Requirements
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test required*
  • Minimum iBT TOEFL scores of 20 in Writing;15 in Listening; 20 in Reading; and 22 in Speaking

*In recognition of the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, GRE scores are preferred but optional for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle.

Learning Outcomes

  • Mastery and Application of Core Disciplinary Knowledge
  • Problem Formulation and Organization
  • Collaborative Problem Solving and Issue Resolution
  • Communication of Knowledge, Ideas and Decision Justification
  • Preparation for Self-directed Learning and Professional Development