The degree of Master of Science in Water and Environmental Engineering (M.Sc. in WEE) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which include taught courses as well as a research thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of water and environmental engineering. The M.Sc. in WEE program aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges behind one of the foundations of sustainable development – ensuring sufficient and equitable access to clean water.
Furthermore, the program gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in one of two specialization tracks of WEE, namely Water and Environmental Technologies or Water and Environmental Resources, and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research. Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.
The educational goals (objectives) of the M.Sc. in Water and Environmental Engineering program are to produce graduates who will have:
An ability to identify and address current and future societal problems related to water, waste, and the environment within a broader framework of sustainable development.
An ability to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to conceive, plan, design, and implement solutions to problems in the field of water and environmental engineering.
An understanding of the impact of solutions to water and environmental engineering problems in a global, economic, environmental, and societal systems context.
An understanding of the value of technical and scientific scholarship, service to society, leadership and lifelong learning required to further their career aspirations.
Student learning outcomes
Students graduating with the M.Sc. in Water and Environmental Engineering will be able to:
Successfully apply advanced concepts of fundamental sciences and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve complex water and environmental engineering problems, and understand the impact of such solutions on sustainable development.
Successfully apply advanced concepts of water and environmental engineering and fundamental sciences to design, analyze, and develop technologies, processes or systems to meet the desired needs of society, both, professionally and ethically.
Use an advanced and rigorous approach to the design and execution of experiments, and to the analysis and interpretation of experimental data.
Be knowledgeable of contemporary issues and research challenges/opportunities related to water and environmental engineering, and engage in lifelong learning to keep abreast of such issues.
Use advanced techniques, skills, and modern scientific and engineering tools for problems related to professional practice in the field of water and environmental engineering.
Communicate effectively and professionally in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
Overall structure and requirements
The M.Sc. in Water and Environmental Engineering (WEE) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 6 credits of Program Core courses, 6 credits of Track Core courses, 12 credits of elective courses, and 12 credits of WEE Master’s Thesis work. A student may organize the selection of the track, as well as the elective courses relevant to the master’s thesis topic, with the consent of the research supervisor. The table below presents a summary of the MSc in degree program structure and requirements. All the M.Sc. in WEE program courses, with the exception of the Seminar in Research Methods and the Master’s Thesis, individually carry a credit of three credits each.
Summary of M.Sc. in WEE Degree Program Structure and Requirements
Seminar in Research Methods
WEE Master’s Thesis
Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0, or equivalent (e.g. upper second-class honors in a UK-style degree, from a reputable accredited institution).
A minimum level of English proficiency in the form of either:
iBT TOEFL (internet-based test) score of 91 or equivalent, or
Overall academic IELTS score of 6.5, or
1550 EmSAT English score.
A minimum quantitative score of 150 in the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to all programs, with the exception of Master of Engineering in Health, Safety and Environment Engineering and the Master of Arts in International and Civil Security, where a minimum threshold is not set. Applicants for all programs should attempt all three sections of the GRE.
A minimum of two referee recommendations (provided via online form).
Statement of purpose (500-1,000 words).