Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate students have extraordinary opportunities to learn about the state-of-the-art in their studies. Environmental engineering students use one of the world’s largest wastewater treatment plants as a real-world laboratory to improve the water quality of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Structural engineering students study earthquake engineering, extreme event design of structures and bridge design on a state-of-the-art, six-degrees-of-freedom earthquake simulator. And transportation-engineering students learn from faculty and experts at GW’s National Crash Analysis Center and the Federal Outdoor Impact Laboratory.
The Civil and Environmental Engineering department offers Ph.D., M.S. and professional degrees (applied scientist, engineer). Graduate students can pursue their degrees in one of the following focus areas: engineering mechanics, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation safety engineering and water resources engineering.
The doctoral program aims to educate highly qualified researchers who will enhance fundamental knowledge and produce technological innovations through original research and development. Our location and relationships with companies and government agencies in the Washington, D.C., area allow for collaborative research opportunities that greatly increase our graduates’ job prospects.
The master’s program emphasizes the professional development of our graduate students and the mastery of technical and applied aspects of the chosen specialty. Evening classes are scheduled to suit working professionals, and students may choose the thesis or non-thesis option.
The professional degree program is designed for students who want in-depth study in their field beyond a master's degree, but who want to concentrate on applied subject material rather than on basic science.
The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans and alternative loans to graduate students seeking to finance their graduate educations.