MSc in Water and Environmental Engineering

Location: Abu Dhabi

The Water and Environmental Engineering Program at Masdar Institute 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. Through their coursework, students acquire technical and analytical skills relevant for analyzing natural systems as well as water-based technologies. Equally important, students will develop specialized expertise in a particular aspect of this field by developing their own individualized research project. Multi-disciplinary research is strongly encouraged and supported at Masdar Institute, enabling students a unique opportunity to collaborate with faculty from across the university.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Water & Environmental Engineering Master of Science program, graduates are expected to attain the following outcomes:

  • 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 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 life-long 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.


Research at Masdar Institute is strongly multi-disciplinary and the Water and Environmental Engineering Program is no exception. Faculty, students and research staff from across Masdar Institute have the opportunity to collaborate on topics such as advanced desalination technology, high-efficiency water distribution and use, integrated water and energy policy and many other topics.

In Abu Dhabi and the surrounding region, strategies for securing sustainable supplies of fresh water and efficient water delivery and use are critical factors for enabling the region’s development. In the UAE, water and energy supply are tightly interlinked due to the predominance of desalination as the primary supply option. Work in this area, with the potential for using alternative energy technologies for supplying fresh water, is a stimulating area of current research.


All students for all programs are required to take four core program courses. In addition, each student must complete the following:

  • Three elective courses from any program with the approval of advisor
  • One university core course – Sustainable Energy
  • 24 credits of thesis work (3 for 1st year Fall; 3 for 1st year Spring; 6 for Summer; 6 for 2nd year Fall; 6 for 2nd year Spring)

Entry requirements

  • A relevant undergraduate degree - undergraduate degrees must be in the fields of science, engineering or information technology
  • CGPA - The minimum required for consideration for admissions is 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  • GRE scores - The minimum score required on the GRE Quantitative is 700 (or 155 on the new scale). There is no cut-off score for the Verbal and Analytical but these scores are also important and evaluated. The GRE exam cannot be waived.
  • TOEFL (or academic IELTS) - The minimum TOEFL score required is 91 (Internet-based) on the international TOEFL. Equivalent paper/computer-based TOEFL is also accepted. The TOEFL can only be waived for native English speakers. The minimum academic IELTS score required is 6.5.
  • High grades and scores are a prerequisite but are no guarantee of admission. Admission standards are in accordance with those of MIT.
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