What will I learn?

The Environmental Engineering program is an integrated effort of the Departments of Civil and Chemical and Biological Engineering. The vision of the program is to educate students who will develop solutions to environmental and industrial needs for physical/chemical/ biological treatment, environmental restoration, and waste management using a cross-disciplinary approach.

The degree of Master of Science in Environmental Engineering is awarded through either the Civil or Chemical and Biological Engineering departments, depending on the student’s background, academic program and research work. Areas of specialty within the program include water quality management, design of water and waste water facilities, and chemical/microbial process analysis and design. Environmental Engineering is also one of the options for the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering.

Research Opportunities

Research is considered a vital part of the Environmental Engineering program. Many of the students do their research work through the Center for Biofilm Engineering, although avenues through Civil or Chemical and Biological Engineering are also available. Research is used as the basis for a thesis or professional paper, one of which is required for graduation. Current research within the program focuses on both the fundamentals and application of chemical and biological processes relating to water quality management, water and wastewater treatment processes, the remediation of contaminated soils, and groundwater and biofilm processes of industrial relevance.

Degree Options

  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering - Thesis Option (Plan A)
  • M.S. in Environmental Engineering - Non-Thesis Option (Plan B)

Which department am I in?

Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 30 credits)

Tuition fees
US$16,198.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2020


Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering

Montana State University,

237 Norm Asbjornson Hall,



59717, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

In general, most graduate programs require: A bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited, government-recognized university. B average or higher from your undergraduate study (3.0/4.0 GPA, or equivalent).

For international students

Students with undergraduate degrees in Civil or Chemical and Biological Engineering will apply to the department of their undergraduate discipline. Students with degrees in disciplines other than engineering may be admitted to the program through either department, but may be required to complete remedial coursework.

English Proficiency for Graduate Applicants:

Internet-based TOEFL Test (iBT): 80

Paper-based TOEFL Test (PBT): 550

IELTS: 6.5

PTE Academic: 54

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About this uni

MSU is the largest research entity in Montana and is in the top 3% of institutions in the U.S for research expenditure.

  • Top 3% of U.S. institutions for research expenditure
  • MSU has more than 300 fully equipped research labs
  • Over 250 academic options
  • The 26th most technologically advanced university globally