M.Sc. In Water and Environmental Engineering

M.Sc. In Water and Environmental Engineering

The degree of Master of Science in Water and Environmental Engineering (M.Sc. in WEE) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which include taught courses as well as a research thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of water and environmental engineering. The M.Sc. in WEE program aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges behind one of the foundations of sustainable development – ensuring sufficient and equitable access to clean water. Furthermore, the program gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in one of two specialization tracks of WEE, namely Water and Environmental Technologies or Water and Environmental Resources, and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research. Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.

The educational goals (objectives) of the M.Sc. in Water and Environmental Engineering program are to produce graduates who will have:

  1. An ability to identify and address current and future societal problems related to water, waste, and the environment within a broader framework of sustainable development.
  2. An ability to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to conceive, plan, design, and implement solutions to problems in the field of water and environmental engineering.
  3. An understanding of the impact of solutions to water and environmental engineering problems in a global, economic, environmental, and societal systems context.
  4. An understanding of the value of technical and scientific scholarship, service to society, leadership and lifelong learning required to further their career aspirations.

Students graduating with the M.Sc. in Water and Environmental Engineering will be able to:

1)   Successfully apply advanced concepts of fundamental sciences and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve complex water and environmental engineering problems, and understand the impact of such solutions on sustainable development.

2)   Successfully apply advanced concepts of water and environmental engineering and fundamental sciences to design, analyze, and develop technologies, processes or systems to meet desired needs of society, both, professionally and ethically.

3)   Use an advanced and rigorous approach to the design and execution of experiments, and to the analysis and interpretation of experimental data.

4)   Be knowledgeable of contemporary issues and research challenges/opportunities related to water and environmental engineering, and engage in lifelong learning to keep abreast of such issues.

5)   Use advanced techniques, skills, and modern scientific and engineering tools for problems related to professional practice in the field of water and environmental engineering.

6)   Communicate effectively and professionally in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

Overall Structure and Requirements

The M.Sc. in Water and Environmental Engineering (WEE) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 6 credits of Program Core courses, 6 credits of Track Core courses, 12 credits of Elective courses, and 12 credits of WEE Master’s Thesis work.  A student may organize the selection of the track, as well as the elective courses relevant to the master’s thesis topic, with the consent of the research supervisor. The table below presents a summary of the MSc in degree program structure and requirements.  All the M.Sc. in WEE program courses, with the exception of the Seminar in Research Methods and the Master’s Thesis, individually carry a credit of three credits each.

Summary of M.Sc. in WEE Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required
Program Core 6
Track Core 6
Seminar in Research Methods 0
Program Electives 12
WEE Master’s Thesis 12
Total 36

Program Requirements

Students seeking the degree of M.Sc. in WEE must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.

Program Core

The M.Sc. in WEE degree program core requires a minimum of 6 credits, consisting of 2 core courses, and the research seminar course, which has zero credit rating.  The courses are specified below.

I. Program Core Courses (6 credits)

It is mandatory for all students to complete the following listed courses to complete the M.Sc. in WEE degree program:

– WENV 601 Chemicals in the Environment: Fate and Transport

– WENV 602 Industrial Ecology

II. ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)

Track Core (6 credits)

The M.Sc. in WEE degree gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in one of two specialization tracks of WEE, namely Water and Environmental Technologies or Water and Environmental Resources.  A minimum of 6 credits, consisting of 2 track core courses, for either track.

I. Water and Environmental Technologies Track (6 credits):

The MS degree track in Water & Environmental Technologies allows students to focus on the selection, design, and performance evaluation of technologies relevant to water production, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, water reuse, water distribution, desalination technologies and hazardous waste treatment.  It is mandatory for the students to complete the following listed courses for specializing in this track:

– WENV 604 Desalination

– WENV 606 Wastewater Treatment Engineering

II. Water and Environmental Resources Track (6 credits):

The MS degree track in Water & Environmental Resources allows students to focus on the development, management, integration, and protection of water resources, hydrological modeling, environmental monitoring, and hydro-climatic modeling and climate change mitigation.  It is mandatory for the students to complete the following listed courses for specializing in this track:

– WENV 611 Hydrologic Analysis

– WENV 622 Data Analysis for Environmental Modeling

Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives.  The electives that students can select are listed below.

–  WENV 620 Microbiology for Environmental and Bioprocess Engineering

–  WENV 623 Global Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation

–  WENV 694 Selected Topics in Water and Environmental Engineering (topics may vary from semester to semester)

In addition to the above electives, students can take either (i) track core courses not belonging to their declared track, or (ii) any MSc or PhD courses relevant to their research from across the University, as electives provided they have the permission of their advisor, Program/Department Chair and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and meet the prerequisites of the course.

Water and Environmental Engineering Master’s Thesis

WENV 699 Master’s Thesis (12 credits)

A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves creative, research-oriented work within the broad field of WEE, under the direct supervision of at least one full-time faculty advisor. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination.

Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled in the M.Sc. in WEE program are shown below. Each student is expected to select the courses in consultation with her/his academic advisor.

Typical Study Plan for Full-Time Students
  Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • Program Core course 1
  • Program Core course 2
  • Elective Course 1
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • Track Core course 1
  • Track Core course 2
  • Elective Course 2
  • WENV 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 2
  • Elective course 3
  • Elective course 4
  • WENV 699 Master’s Thesis
  • WENV 699 Master’s Thesis
Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students
  Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • Program Core course 1
  • Program Core course 2
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • Track Core course 1
  • Track Core course 2
Year 2
  • Elective course 1
  • Elective course 2
  • Elective course 3
  • WENV 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 3
  • Elective course 4
  • WENV 699 Master’s Thesis
  • WENV 699 Master’s Thesis