Environmental Engineering Graduate Program

Our Master of Environmental Engineering program focus is on applying engineering to clean up of water and land pollutants.

We offer two ways to obtain a Master of Environmental Engineering.


If you are a new Master students or Detroit Mercy undergrad students who did not qualify for the 5-year Bachelor/Master program, you may apply for graduate school either online or by completing a written application. Typical (but not absolute) minimum requirements include an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering or closely related discipline.

5-year Bachelor/Master Program

We offer a convenient way of earning your Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Civil Engineering simultaneously.

If you are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering program, maintain a 3.25 GPA and are on target to graduate in four year, you may apply to the program.

Advantages of the 5-year program:

  • Some courses during your senior year count towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements.
  • Ability to take some graduate courses at the undergraduate tuition rate
  • Some of your undergraduate financial aid is extended through your year of graduate study.

A full time student can usually finish the Master's degree within 8 months of the Bachelor's degree versus it may take other master's students more than a year to finish.

Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major in Civil and Environmental Engineering  requires 81+ hours beyond the bachelor coursework, including 30 hours of dissertation.

Civil Engineering doctoral students take two qualifying exams:

  • Math qualifier.  You must take and pass this with a grade of 70% within two tries to remain in the program.  You should try it in your first term or year in the doctoral program.  You must complete this before taking dissertation credit (CIVE 7990).  View sample and past exam.
  • Departmental qualifier.  (also called discipline specific qualifier).  You must take and pass this with a grade of 70% to remain in the program.  Talk to your doctoral advisor to arrange an offering of the departmental qualifier for you.

Learn more about Dissertation / Thesis Requirements.
For more information about the program, contact Alan Hoback, Chairperson of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering.