2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    May 07, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Environmental Engineering MSEnvE►

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College: Engineering and Computer Science Degree: MSEE
Department: Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Option: Thesis, Nonthesis
Program Websites: http://www.cece.ucf.edu/graduate/
Graduate Program Handbook

Program Description

The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering program was created for students who have an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering or any other closely related degree in engineering. Applicants are expected to be knowledgeable in topics including chemistry, process design, water resources, and air pollution. The program focuses on pollution control, pollution prevention, and the correction of pollution effects on natural and man-made environments.

The program is noted for its strong faculty research interests, and areas of study include drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste management, atmospheric pollution control and modeling, environmental water resources, and stormwater management. The program’s overall mission is to prepare students for careers in environmental engineering with consulting firms; with industry; within federal, state, and local governments; and/or in higher education.

The program’s overall mission is to prepare students for Environmental Engineering careers in federal, state, and local governments; higher education; consulting; and industry. Other key objectives include:

  • Producing graduates who have technical knowledge in critical areas of environmental engineering
  • Providing a professional engineering education that challenges our graduates to think critically
  • Forming and maintaining partnerships with industry, government agencies, and professional organizations
  • Developing awareness of the changing environmental needs of society and the global environment.

This program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CECS-Environmental-Engineering-MSVE-June2020.pdf.

Please Note: Environmental Engineering MSEnvE may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.


The Environmental Engineering MSEnvE program offers both thesis and nonthesis options with each requiring 30 credit hours of courses beyond the bachelor’s degree. Prerequisites are required depending upon the discipline of a student’s bachelor’s degree. The thesis option is primarily for those who can devote a full-time effort to their research project and is required for all students supported by contracts and grants, as well as any student receiving department financial support. The nonthesis option is recommended strongly for part-time students and requires submission of an end-of-program portfolio as a requirement for graduation.

Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Students choosing the thesis option must take 12 credit hours of required credit hours of electives, and 6 thesis credit hours. Students choosing the nonthesis option must take 12 credit hours of required courses, 18 credit hours of electives, and submit a portfolio (which includes a comprehensive final examination) before graduating.

Students develop an individualized program of study with a faculty adviser. At least 24 credit hours in the program of study must be earned exclusive of thesis and research courses and Directed Research (XXX 6918) is not permitted in the MSEnvE program of study.

Research studies or projects are required in one or more courses. The research study or project will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research or engineering issues in a student’s particular specialization within the profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to best practices in that specialization area.

Prerequisites (Articulation)

The completion of prerequisite courses may be required before students can begin program course work. Please contact the program director to review your background and determine the prerequisites that you may need to take.

The following mathematics prerequisite requirement is for all students.

  • Calculus through Differential Equations

The following prerequisites may be required for students with undergraduate degrees in Civil, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering. Equivalent courses may be acceptable.

  • ENV 3001 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3 Credit Hours
  • STA 3032  Probability and Statistics for Engineers 4 Credit Hours
  • CWR 4202 Hydraulics 3 Credit Hours
  • ENV 4120  Air Pollution Control 3 Credit Hours
  • ENV 4531 Environmental Engineering Operations and Processes I 3 Credit Hours

The following prerequisites may be required for students with undergraduate degrees in other Engineering disciplines.

  • ENV 3001 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3 Credit Hours
  • STA 3032  Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3 Credit Hours
  • CWR 4202  Hydraulics 3 Credit Hours
  • CWR 4120  Hydrology 3 Credit Hours
  • EES 4111C  Biological Process Control 3 Credit Hours
  • EES 4202C Chemical Process Control 3 Credit Hours
  • ENV 4120  Air Pollution Control 3 Credit Hours
  • ENV 4531 Environmental Engineering and Processes I 3 Credit Hours

Required Courses: 12 Credit Hours

All students are required to take the following two courses and then choose one course from each of the two groupings below.

Waste Treatment/ Water Treatment/ Industrial Waste Treatment

Water Resources

  • Any CWR course at the 5000 or 6000 level 3 Credit Hours


Courses with an asterisk (*) provide an independent learning experience for students, consisting of a research or design project. Nonthesis students are required to take at least one of the courses with an asterisk. This requirement is fulfilled in the required course ENV 6016   above and is also fulfilled by the elective course ENV 6126  Design of Air Pollution Controls* (3 credit hours) and the elective course ENV 6106  Theory and Practice of Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling (3 credit hours).

Elective Courses: 12 Credit Hours

All students, both thesis and nonthesis, are required to take 12 credit hours of elective courses.  Courses that comprise the elective part of the program are selected in accordance with the general requirements of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and often include courses taken from the following two sub-discipline areas:

  • Environmental Specialization—Any of the appropriate ENV graduate-level courses (5000 or 6000) with the consent of the student’s adviser
  • Water Resources Specialization—Any of the appropriate CWR graduate-level courses (5000 or 6000) with the consent of the student’s adviser

Thesis Option: 6 Credit Hours

Thesis students are expected to complete an independent research project and then write and successfully defend their thesis.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science requires that all thesis defense announcements be approved by the student’s adviser and posted on the college’s website and on the Events Calendar and on the College of Graduate Studies website at least two weeks before the defense date.

  • XXX 6971 - Thesis 6 Credit Hours

Nonthesis Option: 6 Credit Hours

Nonthesis students must take 6 more credit hours of electives in addition to the 12 credit hours of electives described above. 

  • Electives 6 Credit Hours

Portfolio Requirement

Students are required to complete a culminating experience. The culminating experience for nonthesis MS students is submission of an end-of-program portfolio. The portfolio requirements are listed on the CECE website.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Environmental Engineering MSEnvE program pay a $16 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $8 per semester.

Independent Learning

A research or design project serves as the independent learning experience for thesis students. Nonthesis students are required to take at least one of the courses marked with an asterisk (*), denoting an independent learning experience, and submit an end-of-program portfolio.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Admissions decisions are made on the basis of a complete online application only, and not on the basis of any pre-screening. Prospective applicants who are encouraged to apply to their intended graduate program based on the information provided for their pre-screening are not assured of admission or financial assistance when they submit a complete online application. Although it is possible, it is not likely, that prospective applicants who are discouraged from formally applying to a graduate program at the pre-screening stage will be admitted if they elect to submit a complete online application anyway.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Résumé.
  • Statement of educational, research, and professional career objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Faculty members may choose to conduct face-to-face or telephone interviews before accepting applicants into their research programs.

The GRE is not required, however, taking the GRE is highly recommended for students wishing to pursue a thesis. In order to be considered for any fellowships, a GRE score is required.

Those applying to the programs without a directly related undergraduate degree should closely check the prerequisites. Students with nontechnical undergraduate degrees are recommended to complete a second undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering before applying to graduate school.

Final articulation requirements will be determined by the department after students have been admitted and after discussions with their advisers.

Application Deadlines

Environmental Engineering MSEnvE *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1  
International Applicants Jan 15 Jan 15 Jul 1  
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Andrew Randall PhD PE
Telephone: 407-823-6429
Engineering II, 211-L

Graduate Admissions

Ashley Rivera Mercado
Telephone: 407-823-5692
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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