Build a Stronger, Safer, More Sustainable Society

Across the U.S., there is unprecedented demand for qualified engineers who design and create the infrastructure we depend on. At the same time, the need to reduce our impact on the environment has reached a critical point. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering prepares future leaders who pioneer solutions for a stronger, safer, and more sustainable built environment. If you’re ready to advance your career and become an engineering expert, a graduate degree in civil & environmental engineering is your next step. Students can specialize in one of five emphasis areas, including environmental, geotechnical, structural, transportation, or water resources engineering.

Students and faculty in CEE

Degrees Offered

Master of Science (MS) in Civil & Environmental Engineering

  • Plan A: Coursework plus thesis. Designed for students considering a PhD or career path that requires research experience.
  • Plan B: Coursework plus research report. Prepares students to become engineering experts with a strong foundation in evidence-based design.

Master of Engineering (ME) in Civil & Environmental Engineering

No thesis required. Designed to improve your technical knowledge with an emphasis on professional practice. Can be completed in two semesters of intensive study.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Civil & Environmental Engineering

The PhD is a research-intensive program for students pursuing advanced leadership roles or who plan to teach engineering at 4-year colleges and universities. A master’s degree is required for admission to the doctoral program.

Student Stories

Jenny Bernadette Gomes
Karem Meza Capcha
Adam Pack

Research Areas

  • –Environmental Engineering
  • –Geotechnical Engineering
  • –Structural Engineering
  • –Transportation Engineering
  • –Water Resources Engineering
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Meet Your Future Mentor

At USU we pride ourselves in quality teaching and mentorship. Our faculty create rich learning experiences in the lab and field, providing students the real-world preparation necessary for a successful career. Beyond the classroom, students can take advantage of the many partnerships our professors have with industry and government organizations that recruit USU engineering graduates.


Environmental Quality Lab

Environmental Quality Lab

A world-class facility supporting research in air quality, bioremediation, drinking water, surface water, and groundwater quality. Learn more about the Environmental Quality Lab.
Hydraulics Modeling Lab

Hydraulics Modeling Lab

USU is a global leader in developing large, physical models of dams, weirs, levees, and other hydraulic structures. Learn more about the Hydraulics Modeling Lab.


Our main structural testing facility is equipped with a strong floor, strong wall, and 40-channel data acquisition system. Learn more about the SMASH Lab
Time Lab

Time Lab

Equipped with a large traffic visualization display, this space is a powerful resource for transportation engineering research. Learn more about the Time Lab
Utah Transportation Center

Utah Transportation Center

A multi-disciplinary center for advancing new research at the intersections of transportation infrastructure and natural hazards. Learn more about the Utah Transportation Center
Utah Water Research Lab

Utah Water Research Lab

One of the nation’s first and largest university-based water research laboratories. Learn more about the Utah Water Research Lab

Ready to Apply?

Minimum Requirements

  • –Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • –Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • –TOEFL or IELTS score
  • –Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Required

Application Materials

  • –Official Transcripts
  • –Three Letters of Recommendation

Contact Us

Before applying to the USU School of Graduate Studies, contact Marlo Bailey to explore current funding and enrollment opportunities.

Marlo Bailey

Graduate Program Coordinator

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Marlo Bailey

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