Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering (MCEE) Degree in the field of Environmental Engineering

Program Learning Outcomes for the MCEE Degree in the field of Environmental Engineering

Upon completing the MCEE degree in the field of Environmental Engineering, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a solid foundation in civil and environmental engineering at the graduate level.
  2. Demonstrate professional written and oral communication skills.

Requirements for the MCEE Degree in the field of Environmental Engineering 

The MCEE degree is a non-thesis master's degree. For general university requirements, please see Non-Thesis Master's Degrees. Students pursuing the MCEE degree in the field of Environmental Engineering must complete:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses in one area of specialization: Civil Engineering or Sustainable Environmental Engineering and Design, including one semester of graduate seminar (CEVE 601/CEVE 602) and a final project (CEVE 590). All courses must be in the relevant field.  
  • A minimum of 24 credit hours at Rice. 
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in required coursework.
  • A maximum of 6 credit hours of graduate-level coursework from transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab. 
  • The minimum residency, which is one fall or spring semester in full-time or part-time graduate study. 

The MCEE is a professional non-thesis degree requiring 30 credit hours of approved courses at the 500-level or above, including a final project of 2 credit hours. Students who have a BS or BA degree in any field of engineering or related study may apply. Depending on their background, some students may need to fulfill prerequisites or take remedial engineering courses to earn the MCEE degree. For more information, see the department website.

Summary

Total Credit Hours for the MCEE Degree in the field of Environmental Engineering30

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
Advanced Coursework
Select 6 from the following:18
CHEMISTRY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
HYDROLOGY AND WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING
ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES
FATE AND TRANSPORT OF CONTAMINANTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOREMEDIATION
Seminar
Select 1 from the following:1
SEMINAR
SEMINAR
Elective Requirements
Engineering Science and Technology
Select 2 from the following:6
REMOTE SENSING
ATOMSPHERIC PARTICULATE MATTER
ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO AIR POLLUTION CONTROL
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
CONTAMINANT HYDROGEOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION RESTORATION
NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY
PHYSICAL CHEMICAL PROCESSES FOR WATER QUALITY CONTROL
ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY AND MICROBIAL ECOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
MODELING AND ANALYSIS OF NETWORKED SYSTEMS
ENVIRONMENTAL STATISTICS AND DECISION MAKING
Sustainable Resource Management
Select 1 from the following:3
THE SOCIAL LIFE OF CLEAN ENERGY
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
ENGINEERING ECONOMICS
ETHICS AND ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP
SUSTAINABILITY DEVELOPMENT AND REPORTING
ENERGY ECONOMICS
SCIENCE POLICY, AND ETHICS
MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
MCEE Final Project
CEVE 590MCEE SPECIAL STUDY 12
Total Credit Hours30

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Policies for the MCEE Degree in the field of Environmental Engineering

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. As an additional resource for students, the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: http://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2017_18/Civil_Environmental_Engineering_Graduate_Handbook.pdf.

Admission

Applicants pursuing graduate education in environmental engineering or hydrology should have a BS or BA in related areas of science and engineering and preparation in mathematics, science, and engineering or related courses. A BS degree in engineering or a degree in natural science is preferred. 

Admission into a professional program is granted separately from admission in a research and thesis program. Professional degree programs terminate when the degree is awarded. Students who wish to continue graduate study after completing a professional program must apply for admission into a research program. 

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the MCEE degree in the field of Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the degree.
  • Request for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

For additional information, please see the Civil and Environmental Engineering website: http://ceve.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the MCEE Degree in the field of Environmental Engineering

  • Rice Global Forum (RGF): is a group of industry professionals plus Rice faculty who gather regularly to discuss topics that define their interests. They sponsor the Engineering Competition each year and give out scholarships that are derived from membership dues. The scholarships are geared toward professional master's and terminal research master's (MS) students. 
  • George R. Brown School of Engineering Scholarships for Professional Master's Degrees in Engineering: was established by the Dean of the School of Engineering to encourage outstanding Rice undergraduate engineering students to pursue a professional master's degree at Rice. 

For additional information, please see the Civil and Environmental Engineering website: http://ceve.rice.edu/