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PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering

PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Overview

The Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD program at Northeastern University is flexible and may be adapted to any subject area in civil and environmental engineering. The Graduate School of Engineering also offers an interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree involving substantial work in two or more academic departments or disciplines (Interdisciplinary Engineering, PhD).

Innovative Curriculum

Students admitted to the program are involved in cutting edge research, often interdisciplinary, in all areas of civil and environmental engineering. Awarding of the Doctor of Philosophy degree is based on ability to formulate, execute, and communicate original research as well as have strong performance in course work.

For more information on the structure and requirements of the doctoral program, please see the Graduate Catalog or contact the Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.

The PhD programs’ student learning outcomes are:

  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.
  • Ability to formulate a research plan.
  • Ability to communicate orally a research plan.
  • Ability to conduct independent research.

Funding is available for graduate students focused on research in the form of graduate research assistantships, graduate teaching assistantships, and fellowships.

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).

 

Experiential Learning

Northeastern combines rigorous academics with experiential learning and research to prepare students for real world engineering challenges including industry experience as part of the co-op program or an internship. The Cooperative Education Program, also known as a “co-op,” is one of the largest and most innovative in the world, and Northeastern is one of only a few that offers a Co-op Program for Graduate Students. Through this program, students gain industry experience in a wide variety of organizations, from large companies to entrepreneurial start-ups, while helping to finance their education. Students can also participate in the university’s Experiential PhD program.

Yiwen Zhu, PhD'17, did her internship at Microsoft.

Academic Advising

The Academic Advisors in the Graduate Student Services office can help answer many of your questions and assist with various concerns regarding your program and student record. Use the link below to also determine which questions can be answered by your Faculty Program Advisors and OGS Advisors.

Admissions & Aid

Ready to take the next step? Review degree requirements to see courses needed to complete this degree. Then, explore ways to fund your education. Finally, review admissions information to see our deadlines and gather the materials you need to Apply.

Student News

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PhD Spotlight: Cassie Nickles, PhD’21 – Civil Engineering

Advised by Edward Beighley, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Originally from Los Angeles, Cassie Nickles, PhD’21, civil engineering, began her doctoral journey with Northeastern’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2017 after graduating from Loyola Marymount University with her bachelor’s in civil engineering. The same year, she received the Cochrane Fellowship, and in […]

Using Floating Wetlands to Combat Algae Blooms

Max Rome, PhD’21, civil engineering, is leading a team of Northeastern researchers to create a visually impactful floating wetland on the Charles River to serve as a model to support water ecosystems, including combating algae blooms.

Civil Engineering PhD Student Featured in the Boston Globe

Civil engineering PhD student Max Rome was featured in the Boston Globe article, “Abundant Plant Growth on Floating Wetland Helps Battle the ‘Dirty Water Stigma’.”

Announcing New Engineering Academic Programs

The College of Engineering at Northeastern University announces several new academic programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including innovative combined majors, to meet industry trends and provide program flexibility for students. Graduate MS in Advanced and Intelligent Manufacturing – meets the growing demand for engineers, researchers, and scientists trained in advanced manufacturing and Industry […]