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.
- CEE Chair’s Select Stipend for Professional Development
Awarded for merit, incoming Ph.D. students have the opportunity to receive for their personal professional development one-time stipend funds of $5,000. These funds provide agency for the students to pursue significant professional development at key junctures in their program.
- CEE Professional Development Fund
Once enrolled, all Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD students have the opportunity to apply to receive funds for reimbursement of allowable professional development expenses. These funds provide agency for the students to pursue additional professional development during their program.
- PhD Network Travel Funding Match
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering provides matching funding to the Ph.D. Network and research project for travel support, up to $500/student per year.
- CEE Department Graduate Awards and Ceremony
Departmental awards for excellence in research, teaching, and leadership, with monetary honorariums, are awarded to selected MS and PhD students at the conclusion of each academic year at the CEE Graduate Awards Ceremony.
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).
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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