Graduate Degrees

Graduate students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT are central to our educational mission.
The degrees offered are:

  • MEng: Nine month Master’s degree
  • SM/PhD degrees:  Offered in multiple areas covering the diversity of academic fields of interest of CEE
  • Leadership and/or participation in several interdepartmental degree programs:
    • Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) Program (several CEE tracks)
    • Transportation Master of Science in Transportation (MST) and Transportation PhD program
    • Computational Science & Engineering PhD program (CS&E)
    • Microbiology PhD program
    • MIT/WHOI Joint Program

Masters in Engineering (MEng)

The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree program is our professional-oriented graduate program that consists of high level, fast paced coursework and significant engagement with a real world engineering projects, preparing our graduates for a professional career path, or further graduate studies at MIT or elsewhere. This 9 month program, with opportunities for individualized tracks in CEE – prepares our graduates for addressing significant challenges in the domains of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

For current MIT students, the program is a natural extension of the Institute’s 4 year Bachelor of Science degree for students to gain practical experiences and prepare for emerging fields in today’s job market.

Summary of Requirements
The Master of Engineering degree is awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed a structured program of at least 90 units, consisting of 66 units graduate level subjects, and a 24 unit thesis approved by the department. In one academic year, the students are required to take:

  • Four graduate subjects offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, totaling at least 48 units
  • Two elective subjects, possibly offered by other MIT departments, totaling at least 18 units
  • MEng Thesis, equivalent to 24 units

What do students do with their degree?
Graduates of the MEng Program go on to careers in as leaders in engineering firms, consultants and some pursue further graduate education.

Apply now

The application must be completed online. The portal to the electronic application will open on October 15, 2016. The deadline to submit applications is December 15, 2016 at 11:50 pm (EST).

The Masters of Science (SM) & Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Master of Science (SM) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are the research focused graduate degrees in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). Each SM and PhD graduate student in our department is matched with one of our top tier faculty members to work together on the research component of the graduate degree.

Connecting graduate students through research interests with faculty and offering the opportunity for advanced course work is a combination that produces highly successful graduates that emerge as leaders in their fields.

With broad areas of study, we offer students the opportunity to pursue educational goals – through research and course work that is exciting and motivating to you.

The Areas of Study Include :

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Hydrology and Hydroclimatology
  • Networks, Systems and Computation
  • Materials, Structures and Geomechanics
  • Supply Chain and Logistics

Degree Requirements

Master of Science
The Master of Science degree is awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed a program of study of at least 66 units of graduate level subjects, approved by the department in which s/he is enrolled, and a 24 unit thesis approved by the department.

Summary of Requirements

  • 66 units of graduate level subjects, of which 34 units are offered by the Department
    of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • SM Thesis, equivalent to 24 units

SM Guidelines (pdf)

Doctor of Philosophy
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded to students who have satisfactorily completed a doctoral program in CEE consisting of 120 units of graduate level coursework, including a 3-Subject Core and one breadth subject. The 3-Subject Core reflects core knowledge in the student’s chosen field. The remainder of the doctoral program consists of graduate subjects that complement the Core.

Summary of Requirements

  • 120 units of graduate level subjects, including a three Subject Core and one breadth subject
  • Successful completion of the general exam at the end of academic year 2
  • Successful completion of the PhD proposal
  • PhD Thesis, equivalent to 24 units

PhD Guidelines (pdf)

What do students do with their research degree?
Graduates from our SM and PhD degree tracks go on to top jobs as engineers, faculty members at top universities, engineer consultants, leaders for NGOs, and some start their own companies.

Apply now

The application must be completed online. The portal to the electronic application will open on October 15, 2016. The deadline to submit applications is December 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm (EST).

Interdepartmental Program in Transportation (SM and PhD)

Master of Science in Transportation
The interdepartmental Master of Science in Transportation (MST) degree program emphasizes the complexity of transportation and its dependence on the interaction of technology, operations, planning, management and policy-making. For this reason, the Master of Science in Transportation program is interdepartmental. Faculty members and research staff from several centers, departments and divisions within MIT are affiliated with the program and serve as research advisors and mentors to MST students.

Summary of Requirements:

  •  66 units of graduate level subjects consisting of
    • a core of two 12-unit subjects;
    •  an individually designed program area comprised of 3 subjects totaling at least 30 units;
    • one Policy or Technology subject;
    • computer Programming requirement;
  • MST Thesis, equivalent to 24 units

MST Guidelines (pdf)

Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation
The interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation provides a structured and direct follow-on doctoral program for students enrolled in the MST program or other transportation-related masters degree program at MIT or elsewhere. The interdepartmental structure of the program allows students greater flexibility in developing individual programs of study that cross both disciplinary and departmental lines. The program is administered by the transportation faculty through the Transportation Education Committee (TEC), who are responsible for admissions, establishment and oversight of program requirements, and conduct of the general examination and thesis defense.

Summary of Requirements:

  • 120 units of graduate level subjects, including a doctoral core program, consisting of three subject areas as selected by the student
  • Successful completion of the general exam by the end of academic year 2
  • Successful completion of the PhD proposal
  • PhD Thesis, equivalent to 24 units

Interdepartmental Transportation PhD Guidelines (pdf)

Both the interdepartmental Master of Science in Transportation and the interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Transportation are administered through the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Apply now

The deadline to submit applications is December 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm (EST).

Joint and Dual Degrees

The joint and dual degrees listed below stemmed from a formal arrangement between an MIT department and another program affiliated with MIT. CEE participates in four such degree programs.

WHOI: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Through MIT’s agreement with the WHOI the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering we have several outstanding students who participate in this joint program, often times splitting their time between MIT’s and WHOI’s campuses.

Please visit the MIT-WHOI joint program website to learn more about the fields of study.

Apply Now

The application must be completed online. The portal to the electronic application will open on October 15, 2016. The deadline to submit applications is December 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm (EST).

 

CSE: PhD Program in Computational Science and Engineering
The PhD Program in Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) is a collaboration of CEE and the Center for Computational Engineering. The CSE Doctoral Program allows CEE students to specialize in a computation-related field of their choice through focused coursework and a Doctoral Thesis, and to participate in a multi-departmental program by satisfying a set of computation-specific requirements.

Apply now

The application must be completed online. The portal to the electronic application will open on October 1, 2016. The deadline to submit applications is December 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm (EST).

 

LGO: Leaders for Global Operations
Leaders for Global Operations is a collaboration of MIT’s School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management. Students earn both an MBA and SM in two years. Please visit the LGO in Civil and Environmental Engineering website to learn about the different CEE tracks.

Apply to LGO through Sloan or apply through CEE 

The application must be completed online. The portal to the electronic application will open on October 15, 2016. The deadline to submit applications is December 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm (EST).