The department offers Graduate Fellowships to PhD and MS/PhD applicants. These prestigious Graduate Fellowships include integrated research and teaching to foster a comprehensive graduate education. All applicants are considered automatically for the fellowship program. It is strongly recommended that applicants interested in funding within the department via fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
With a strategic focus in urban engineering and through a range of teaching and research strengths, anchored by several multidisciplinary, multi-institutional centers and programs, our academic programs are designed to prepare professionals to address the global, complex, and ever-evolving engineering challenges of our time by building on current department strengths and expanding into vital areas. We give our future master’s and PhD graduates the opportunity to make real-world impact on and long-lasting contributions to the well-being and development of society.
As a graduate student in Northeastern’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), you will work alongside world-class faculty on advanced research and courses in these areas, developing a solid base for your career.
You may also participate in Northeastern’s best-in-the-nation co-op program, gaining up to 8 months of professional experience at an engineering firm in your areas of interest.
All CEE master’s programs are available on a full-time or part-time basis. A graduate certificate can also be pursued with the master’s program. Options for a master’s thesis or report in place of coursework are available.
The doctoral program is designed to be flexible with respect to the subject area and may be adapted to any subject area in civil and environmental engineering, including interdisciplinary options within the department or across departments or colleges.
Upon completion of their graduate degree, Northeastern CEE students have excellent career opportunities. Our students have gone on to positions in:
- Academia (University of Massachusetts, University of Vermont)
- National laboratories (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
- Industry (AIR Worldwide, CDM Smith, CH2M Hill, start-up firms.)
Students can take advantage of Northeastern’s Office of Career Services, routinely ranked #1 in the nation, for career and employment guidance.
Interdisciplinary degree options are available as well. The PhD level program is flexible and may be adapted to any subject area in civil and environmental engineering, including interdisciplinary options within the department or across departments or colleges. The Master of Science degree requirements may be completed on a full- or part-time basis. The PhD program must be completed in accordance with the residency requirements for the degree.
Both full-time and part-time students should meet with a faculty adviser at least once during each semester of study to arrange for an appropriate sequence of courses to satisfy all degree requirements.
Funding is available for graduate students focused on research in the form of graduate research assistantships, graduate teaching assistantships, and fellowships.
For more information on graduate studies at Northeastern’s College of Engineering, please see the Graduate School of Engineering or contact the Director of Graduate Studies.
Biogeochemistry of natural and engineered systems; in-situ sensors and instrumentation for high-resolution process characterization; remediation and sustainability in natural and built coastal environments; sensor-driven closed-loop controls for resource optimization in engineered systems; signal processing and machine learning, embedded systems, and sensor networks
Fixed and floating offshore wind structures; multi-scale experimental testing of structures; computational simulation; probabilistic modeling