Engineering and Public Policy with Concentration in Energy & Environment, MS

The purpose of this degree is to provide students with a background in engineering with the tools necessary to conduct robust policy analysis. It includes required core courses from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Public Policy, complemented by electives in engineering and public policy, which can be met by two courses and a master’s report (recommended), or by one course and a thesis, or by three courses.  A minimum of 16 semester hours must be taken in the College of Engineering.

Degree Requirements With Report With Thesis Course Work Only
Required core courses 20 SH 20 SH 20 SH
Other electives 8 SH 4 SH 12 SH
Master of Science report/thesis 4 SH 8 SH
Minimum semester hours required 32 SH 32 SH 32 SH

Graduate Certificate Options

Students who are officially accepted into a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering may apply to pursue one of the following graduate engineering certificates in addition to the MS or PhD. Please visit the links below for additional information about each graduate engineering certificate program, related requirements, and how to apply.

Chemical Engineering

Computer Systems Engineering

Energy Systems

Engineering Management

Industrial Engineering

Telecommunication Systems Management

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Engineering and Public Policy with a concentration in Energy and Environment with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a master's degree in Engineering and Public Policy with a concentration in Energy and Environment in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate 
in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the16 semester-hour-curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 36 semester hour degree and certificate will require 16 hours of advisor-approved Energy and Environment technical courses.

Engineering Leadership

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Core Courses

Energy and Environment
CIVE 7272Air Quality Management4
or ENGR 5670 Sustainable Energy: Materials, Conversion, Storage, and Usage
Environmental Systems Modeling
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Life Cycle Assessment of Materials, Products, and Infrastructure
Special Topics in Civil Engineering (Agent-Based Modeling)
Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Investment and Policy Making
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Ecological Economics
Applied Microeconomic Policy Analysis
Economic Analysis for Law, Policy, and Planning
Public Policy and Analysis
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Strategizing Public Policy
Techniques of Policy Analysis
Techniques of Program Evaluation
Complete 4 semester hours from the following:4
Applied Time Series and Spatial Statistics
Engineering Probability and Statistics
Statistical Methods in Engineering
Advanced Quantitative Techniques


Complete one of the following options:

Course Work Option

Complete 12 semester hours from the energy and environment course list below.12

Report Option

Complete 8 semester hours from the energy and environment course list below.8
CIVE 8674Master’s Report4

Thesis Option

Complete 4 semester hours from the energy and environment course list below.4
CIVE 7990Thesis8

Certificate Option

Students completing this option receive a Graduate Certificate in addition to the master’s degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding the certificate options.

Complete 16 semester hours of graduate certificate course work.16

Energy and Environment Course List

Any required core course not used to meet the required core course requirement can be taken as a restricted elective.
Environmental Protection and Management
Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
CIVE 5280
Special Topics in Civil Engineering (Water Quality Analysis)
Water Engineering, Resources, and Energy Recovery
Surface Water Quality Modeling
Groundwater Quality Modeling
Special Topics in Civil Engineering (Urban Informatics)
Special Topics in Environmental Engineering (Hydraulic Engineering)
Environmental Planning
Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use
Systems Engineering in Public Programs
Data Mining for Engineering Applications
Economic Decision Making
Geographical Information Systems
Big Data for Cities
Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Policy
Urban and Regional Policy and Planning in Developing Countries
Advanced Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required