Prospective Graduate Students

Graduate students in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT are central to our research and educational enterprise. They make a lasting impact in the world, as they launch careers in academia and industry, or become entrepreneurs.  Enabled by a stimulating academic environment that promotes collaboration, exploration and interdisciplinary research across MIT, our graduate students seek to understand the world, invent, and lead with creative design. 

The intellectual focus of Civil and Environmental Engineering is discovery and innovation to sustain life and society in changing conditions, tackling some of the most urgent challenges of our time.  We develop and apply pioneering approaches that range from basic scientific principles to complex engineering design, at scales from the nano to the global.  Our department features two centers of gravity: infrastructure (broadly, what is created by human activity) and environment (broadly, what exists as natural systems). We seek a diverse group of applicants from a range of academic disciplines, who work together to contribute to exciting intellectual networks across the department and MIT. 

Our graduate programs include three core graduate degree tracks (each including a thesis research project):

  • 9 month, practice-orientated Master’s program (M.Eng.) in Environmental Water Quality, Geotechnology, High Performance Structures and Transportation
  • Master of Science in Transportation (M.S.T.)
  • S.M. and Ph.D.  programs in the following areas: Environmental Chemistry, Microbiology, Fluid Mechanics, Hydrology, Hydroclimatology, Geotechnical Engineering, Mechanics of Materials, and Structures

In the graduate programs in CEE at MIT we offer opportunities to:

  • Meet and work with the world’s best and brightest, building both your intellectual talent as well as your network of future collaborators and mentors
  • Immediately step into cutting-edge research projects and work in teams to tackle problems that will impact the world
  • Engage in creative engineering and build professional networks beyond your specific research, e.g. Energy Club, Entrepreneurs Club, and Engineers without Borders

Upon completion of their degrees our graduate students launch careers in both academia and industry. Some of our students become entrepreneurs and launch their own companies.  Common positions after graduation include, but are not limited to: assistant professor, lecturer, consultant, scientist, engineer, analyst, transportation planner and supply chain manager.

For information about specific degree programs, visit Overview of Graduate Degrees.

For descriptions of current and exemplary research projects to which incoming graduate students could contribut to, visit Research Projects.