The Graduate Programs

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The department is pleased to take this opportunity to introduce its graduate program to you.

Michigan State University offers MS and PhD degrees in both civil engineering and environmental engineering.  The MS program covers the essential advanced elements of the professions and prepares graduates for professional practice or continued study. It typically requires 2 years of study, with options for all coursework, a project, or a thesis. The PhD program focuses on research, and typically involves at least 3 years of study beyond the MS.  Applications are due December 31 for enrollment the following Fall (late August).

Civil Engineering Profession

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Civil engineering involves the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of public works such as roads, bridges, water and energy systems, ports, railways and airports. In addition to public works, civil engineers are also involved in land development projects for private developers and corporations.

Civil engineers perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures, and facilities such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems. The Bureau of labor statistics Includes architectural, structural, traffic, ocean, and geotechnical engineers within its definition of civil engineers. (Bureau of Labor Statistics,

Environmental Engineering Profession



Environmental engineering is the application of scientific and engineering principles to assess, manage and design sustainable environmental systems for the protection of human and ecological health. (Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors,

Environmental engineers research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology. (Bureau of Labor Statistics,