PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering
PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering
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).
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.
- Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems.
- Ability to explain and apply engineering principles.
- Ability to identify, motivate, formulate, and solve important problems, through original, independent, use-inspired scholarly 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).
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.
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.
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PhD Spotlight: Sadia Khan, PhD’22 – Civil and Environmental Engineering
Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sadia Khan graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and served as a lecturer at the University of Asia Pacific in Dhaka. She joined the civil and environmental engineering PhD program at Northeastern in 2017. Under the guidance of Professor Edward Beighley, civil […]
PhD Spotlight: Cassie Nickles, PhD’21 – Civil Engineering
Cassie Nickles’ research focused on large-scale river networks and hydrologic applications enabled by NASA’s upcoming Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. In the four years of her PhD, she published four articles in top journals: Remote Sensing, Water Resources Research, and Geophysical Research Letters. She also presented her findings at ten conferences, nationally and internationally. From connections made at these conferences, she had the opportunity to intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the summer of 2020.
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’.”