Civil and Environmental Engineering M.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Program Description

Students in the M.S. or Ph.D. program may select one area of concentration. Each student in the Ph.D. program must take a qualifying examination shortly after receiving the M.S. degree, or, if a student comes to Cornell with an M.S. degree, within nine months after arrival. Additional information on the M.S. and Ph.D. programs is available on request from the graduate field office.

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.

The Environmental Processes faculty focus on advancing fundamental knowledge and developing sustainable technologies that can contribute to the paradigm shifts needed to face the most urgent environmental challenges facing human societies such as energy/resources crises and climate change.  We train our students to develop the skills and ability to apply multi-disciplinary tools and more sustainable approaches for reducing detrimental environmental and health impacts resulting from chemical and biological contaminants. Our faculty are experimentalists and modelers exploring fundamental changes to earth system processes and elemental cycling, the fate and transformation of emerging chemical and microbiological contaminants, the eco-evolutionary dynamics of spatially-structured populations, and the recovery of valuable resources from waste streams. We are also technological innovators, developing monitoring tools and sustainable treatment and recovery technologies to protect public health from exposure to chemical and biological contaminants and new processes for producing clean energy carriers.

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 graphics-oriented decision support systems.

Geotechnical Engineering is concerned with the study of the engineering properties and use of earth materials and the measurement of the behavior of earth and rock structures. It includes soil and rock mechanics and foundation engineering.

Remote Sensing covers the qualitative and quantitative analyses of aircraft and satellite images, as well as other remotely sensed data, as they are used in inventorying, monitoring, and assessing earth resources and the environment.

Structural Engineering includes, in addition to the conventional aspects of structural analysis and design, interests in computational mechanics, artificial intelligence, dynam

Contact Information

Website: https://www.cee.cornell.edu/cee/programs/graduate-programs/doctor-philosophymaster-science
Email: cee_grad@cornell.edu
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

Tuition

$29,500

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall: Jan. 5  Spring: Oct. 15. 

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

Learning Outcomes

Make a contribution to the scholarship of the field

Learn advanced research skills

  • Synthesize existing knowledge, identifying and accessing appropriate resources and other sources of relevant information and critically analyzing and evaluating one’s own findings and those of others
  • Apply existing research methodologies, techniques, and technical skills
  • Communicate in a style appropriate to the discipline

Demonstrate commitment to advancing the values of scholarship

  • Keep abreast of current advances within one’s field and related areas
  • Show commitment to personal professional development through engagement in professional societies and other knowledge transfer modes
  • Show a commitment to creating an environment that supports learning—through teaching, collaborative inquiry, mentoring, or demonstration

Demonstrate professional skills

  • Adhere to ethical standards in the discipline
  • Listen, give, and receive feedback effectively