Civil and Environmental Engineering

School of Engineering

Graduate Studies

Graduate programs leading to the M.Eng., M.S., and Ph.D. are available in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Transportation Engineering. The selection of a graduate program and degree is based on student interest, area of graduate concentration, and satisfaction of prerequisites.

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
This is a 30-credit structured program of advanced study aimed at preparing students for professional practice. Candidates for this degree in the civil engineering or transportation engineering discipline must have an accredited B.S. degree in engineering. In environmental engineering, a B.S. in the physical or natural sciences is also acceptable. There is no project or thesis requirement, but students may elect to do one, at either the three- or six-credit level, in consultation with their advisers.

Master of Science (M.S.)
This 30-credit research-oriented degree is open to students with undergraduate degrees in engineering or the physical or natural sciences. In addition to the satisfactory completion of an approved set of advanced courses, candidates for this degree must complete a six-credit thesis. This thesis must provide documentation of an independent research-related effort and be approved by the student’s faculty adviser.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
This research degree includes the preparation of a dissertation that carefully documents the original contribution of the student’s research. The Ph.D. program consists of a total of 72 credit hours beyond the Bachelors degree. This includes a maximum of 30 credit hours for the dissertation and a minimum of 42 course credit hours.  If the student holds a Masters degree, 24 course credit hours can be applied towards the 42 course credit hours requirement. In addition to the examination processes required of all Rensselaer doctoral students, civil engineering and environmental engineering students working toward this degree must pass a qualifying examination.

Graduate Student Housing
College Suites at City Station is a new housing community built exclusively for Rensselaer graduate students and graduate-level affiliates. Developed to make locating and entering housing at Rensselaer a hassle-free process, it is within walking distance of the campus, enjoys Rensselaer services such as the Rensselaer Red Hawk Shuttle, and is, at the same time, an off-campus private community in itself.

Rensselaer provides family housing through a partnership with College Suites at City Station South.

City Station South offers an atmosphere where residents with families can sit back and live, learn, and relax. College Suites provides the convenience and quality of life you need to focus on balancing your academic and home life. Located just slightly off the southern edge of the RPI campus in Troy, these beautiful, affordable apartments provide all the comforts of home right next to the Rensselaer campus.