The MS degree is a research-focused master's program for students interested in studying environmental engineering, energy systems, and chemical engineering. This degree is typically a two-year program that requires completion of coursework and a research thesis project under the supervision of a faculty member.

Degree Logistics

We welcome all interested applicants with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, physical sciences or life sciences. The program consists of 30 total units: 24 units of course work and 6 units of thesis research, and will typically take two years to complete. Students who have not taken engineering-level mathematics (2-3 semesters of calculus + 1 semester of differential equations) as part of their bachelor's degree may wish to take these courses prior to taking any of the MS program's core or advanced mathematics courses. Any math courses taken solely in preparation for the core courses will likely be at the undergraduate level, however, and will not count towards this graduate degree.

Curriculum Structure

  • Core courses (15 units), some of which can be selected from a menu of options (see program description document for details)
  • Elective courses (9 or more units) chosen with the approval of the advisor
  • Thesis research (6 or more units)
  • All courses comprising the required 30 credits must be taken for a grade (i.e., cannot be taken pass/fail), and a minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for graduation
The 6 credits of thesis work are done under the guidance of a tenured/tenure-track faculty member in the Department. The research results presented in the form of a written thesis must be approved by a three-person faculty committee formed with approval of the Advisor.
In addition to classes, students are advised to attend EECE Seminars held on Fridays at 11 a.m. The EECE department also hosts a career fair each fall semester.