Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Program Description

Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Welcome From The Graduate Program Coordinator

At UVM, our graduate students work closely with outstanding faculty who are research active in many areas of the broad discipline of Civil and Environmental Engineering, including:

  • Airborne Particle Characterization & Processes (Holmén)
  • Chemical fate and transport (Holmén)
  • Civil infrastructure materials and modeling (Dewoolkar, Hernandez)
  • Contaminant Hydrology (Pinder, Rizzo)
  • Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental engineering (Dewoolkar, Ghazanfari)
  • Groundwater modeling (Pinder, Rizzo)
  • Hydrology (Bomblies, Pinder, Rizzo)
  • Natural and Engineering Systems Modeling (Rizzo)
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (Dewoolkar and Hernandez)
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Diagnostics (Hernandez)
  • Wireless sensor networks for health monitoring of subsurface geo-systems (Ghazanfari)
  • Sustainable transportation systems (Aultman-Hall, Holmén, Lee)
  • Sustainable energy infrastructure (Tan, Ghazanfari)
  • Geo-energy systems (Ghazanfari)
  • Heritage structure conservation (Dewoolkar, Tan)

All of us are very approachable, so do not hesitate to contact us via email to inquire about our research activities and openings for new students in our research groups.

Nearly all of our ~ 30 graduate students are full-time students and fully supported by either faculty research grants or teaching assistantships. Students may also pursue the non-thesis option without financial support. CEE is a broad field and a number of our graduate students work collaboratively with other UVM faculty in, to name a few, the School of Natural Resources, College of Medicine, Geology, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE). I encourage you to build your own plan for your graduate student career using as many of UVM's research and academic resources as possible.

Certificates of Graduate Study are available for graduate students wishing to pursue interdisciplinary research areas in some depth. Interested students should contact the coordinators of these programs which involve taking a set of courses focused on one particular theme. Graduate students must formally apply to the individual Certificate Program prior to the start of the semester in which the courses will count toward the Certificate.

  • Sustainable Transportation Systems and Planning
  • Complex Systems
  • Ecological Design

In addition to our M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, we also have an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) for undergraduate UVM students majoring in either Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering - with just one additional year of coursework and research, students can jump start their engineering careers by obtaining their M.S. degree. Interested undergraduate students should explore information on the AMP in the Fall of their Junior year at UVM by contacting the Graduate Program Coordinator and our AMP webpage located at the School of Engineering website.

I encourage you to review our webpages on faculty research projects as well as our Graduate Student Handbook to learn more about our outstanding programs and faculty. Furthermore, once you have identified faculty with whom you would like to work or topic are of your interest for your graduate study, please fill out our Pre-Application Form (see below) to initiate the application process.

Pre-Application Procedures

To apply for graduate study, see the UVM Graduate College website ( where you will find general information for prospective students on the formal application process (on-line submission of the Application Form, 3 letters of recommendation, GRE and TOEFL (or IELTS) scores). More specific information about the CEE Graduate Program application process is found in our Graduate Student Handbook.

Research Faculty Expertise

Please see the list below of our primary areas of research. For more information about our work in each area, click on the faculty members with that research expertise.


  • Faculty: Mandar Dewoolkar, Britt Holmén, Donna Rizzo


  • Faculty: Lisa Aultman-Hall, Britt Holmén, Brian Lee


  • Faculty: Arne Bomblies, George Pinder, Donna Rizzo


  • Faculty: Mandar Dewoolkar, Ehsan Ghazanfari


  • Faculty: Eric Hernandez,Ting Tan

Admissions Requirements

The Civil & Environmental Engineering graduate program offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Each student must meet the general requirements for admission as outlined under the regulations of the University of Vermont Graduate College.

Typically, students entering the program have received a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or a related field. Applicants with other backgrounds will be evaluated individually and must complete prescribed undergraduate technical course work.

Part-time study leading to the Master of Science degree is possible for engineers who are employed in the vicinity. An Accelerated Master's Program is available for qualified undergraduates.

Teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis.


If English is not the applicant’s first language, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score is required. UVM requires a minimum band IELTS score of 6.5. and 7.0 for funding. For information about test dates and sites for TOEFL, contact TOEFL; and for IELTS, contact IELTS . If an international student has attended a U.S. institution for three or more years, the Office of Admissions may waive the requirement for TOEFL or IELTS scores on a case-by-case basis.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 2, 2016
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