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 often the choice for individuals or persons who plan to go on into practice engineering. However, some students go on to a Ph.D. and other advanced Programs. Admission preference is given to applicants with an accredited 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.

Transportation Systems Engineering
Transportation systems around the globe today face a wide range of challenges, from congestion and adequacy of infrastructure maintenance, to burgeoning growth in demand for the movement of people and goods both locally and long distance, to the need for an adequate energy supply, and to reduce negative effects on the environment. These challenges provide an opportunity for professionals interested in transportation systems to pursue a highly stimulating and rewarding career in the field. 

The M.Eng. program in Transportation Systems at Cornell prepares students for professional careers with both private companies and public agencies. The Cornell program is interdisciplinary because the effective development and operation of transportation systems requires integration of concepts from a variety of disciplines, including civil engineering, computer science, city and regional planning, economics, public policy and management. The program is also systems-oriented, because the systems perspective is critical to the effective design and operation of transportation services. 

Structural Engineering 
The Master of Engineering Program in Structural Mechanics and Materials at Cornell University is a forward-looking educational curriculum that affords its students with an opportunity to gain a firm foundation in solid mechanics, structural behavior, applied mathematics, and scientific computing.  Developing resilient, sustainable, and advanced structures require a deep understanding of structural materials, how they can be used in extreme conditions, and how they fail.  The program is aimed at educating highly qualified and well-prepared engineers, with a firm grasp of the state-of-the-art and emerging techniques in structural engineering and structural mechanics, to support advanced practice within leading firms, national laboratories, and government agencies. 

Environmental Engineering
The faculty in Environmental Engineering are passionate about water, the environment, energy, and the creation of new solutions for evolving environmental challenges and want to share that excitement and knowledge with you. Courses and seminars span the water-energy nexus that include sustainable water supply and sustainable energy. More traditional topics include hydrology, wastewater treatment, environmental remediation, organic micro-pollutants and emerging contaminants. One also needs to understand how pollutants move through the environment so the program includes environmental fluid mechanics, environmental transport processes, experimental methods and monitoring, and numerical methods and modeling. After studying problems and understanding the issues, engineers need to develop solutions to manage our water and land resources, and to protect the environment.

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
  • structural engineering
  • transportation systems engineering


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Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: Feb. 1   
Spring: Oct. 15

Requirements Summary:

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