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, other students go on into Ph.D. and other advanced Programs. 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 Engineering

The Master of Civil and Environmental degree with a specialization in Environmental Engineering is generally completed in two semesters but for those interested in a more immersive Cornell experience, there is a three-semester option as well. Merit-based partial fellowships are available for top students. 

Flexible electives allow students to select courses from across the university with almost limitless possibilities. Students generally select courses that provide depth in one of four focus areas while getting a broad background in environmental engineering.

The Environmental Engineering M.Eng. specialization includes four areas in which M.Eng. students can focus:

  • Sustainable Energy Systems Sustainable energy is a challenging and exciting field in which engineering students can apply their skills. A wide range of energy resources that do not emit greenhouse gases in their end-use are under development in the U.S. and many other countries, including wind, solar, hydro, biomass, and geothermal, among others.  At the same time, these primary energy sources must be adapted and transformed for applications such as electricity generation, heating and cooling of buildings, and transportation of passengers and freight.  Trends in government policy toward reducing emissions, the willingness of investors to commit funding, and local support of or opposition to energy projects play a role as well. 
  • 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 opera

    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
    • remote sensing
    • structural engineering
    • structural mechanics (minor)
    • transportation systems engineering


    2021-2022: $60,286

    Application Requirements and Deadlines

    Application Deadlines:

    Fall: Jan. 5    
    Spring: Oct. 15

    Requirements Summary:

    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
    • Minimum iBT TOEFL scores of 20 in Writing;15 in Listening; 20 in Reading; and 22 in Speaking

    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