Environmental Engineering (MS)

Program Description

Environmental Engineering is a diverse field that focuses on the sustainable use and preservation of natural resources anthropogenic interactions in an increasingly urbanized world. It is a career field in high demand and it was recently ranked as the fifth most valuable college major (Forbes, May 2012). At the School of Engineering, our program has an urban environmental systems emphasis and it is unique in concentrating on many challenges that New York City and major cities of the world face.

The MS in Environmental Engineering prepares graduates to plan, functionally design, control, operate and manage municipal and industrial pollution-prevention systems. Students are exposed to a learning atmosphere that provides a mix of theory and practical problem-solving approaches. The flexible course options and student research projects offer a variety of opportunities. Areas of research and scholarly activities supported by some of the best faculty in NYC include environmental systems management, monitoring, sensing, and visualization, water security, flood risk management, conflict resolution, river water quality modeling, groundwater modeling, solid and hazardous waste management, contamination remediation, climate change studies, and development of decision support systems and GIS based applications.


Admission to graduate programs in the Tandon School of Engineering requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

The NYU Tandon Graduate Admissions website has additional information on school-wide admission.

Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See the program's How to Apply for department-specific admission requirements and instructions.


To be granted admission to the MS. in Environmental Engineering degree program at Tandon School of Engineering, an applicant should holds a B.S. degree in a related engineering discipline (e.g., environmental, civil, chemical, mechanical, etc.) from an accredited college in the United States or a recognized institution of higher learning abroad and has attained an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0/4.0. Students holding B.S. degrees in another engineering discipline, or a physical, chemical or biological science, may be admitted if they have achieved the technical background necessary to pursue advanced work in Environmental Engineering.

Recommended Educational Background

  • Three semesters of calculus, ordinary differential equations
  • A semester of college statistics
  • A semester of calculus-based physics
  • A semester of college chemistry
  • A semester of fluid mechanics
  • A semester of water resources engineering or hydrology
  • Problem-solving work using computers
  • Background in environmental process engineering

Students should have completed these requirements prior to applying. However, the requirements of fluid mechanics, water resources engineering or hydrology and exposure to environmental process engineering can be completed by taking the courses below in the first offering of the course after enrollment for the MS. degree.

It is necessary to obtain a grade of “B” or better in each of these courses. None of the courses listed above may be used for graduate credit. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted for consideration.