Environmental Engineering Doctoral Program
DegreeDoctor of Philosophy
ContactGraduate Admissions1.888.511.1306[email protected]
Gain vital skills that can directly impact communities around the world with a Ph.D. from Stevens’ internationally recognized environmental engineering program.
At Stevens, you’ll collaborate with renowned faculty and fellow scholars to develop solutions to challenges like transporting and treating arsenic and heavy metals, the environmental compatibility of consumer products and the development of sustainable and cost-effective technologies using natural products, recycled waste, plants and microbes. Stevens also houses state-of-the-art laboratories and a thriving sponsored research program, anchored by the Center for Environmental Systems, empowering our doctoral students to publish and present in influential arenas all over the world.
The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering offers dynamic opportunities to explore leading-edge research within a close community of faculty mentors. You'll be able to study under a faculty mentor in the area that you find most exciting:
Water and wastewater treatment
Adsorption of contaminants at solid/water interfaces
Nonlinear empirical modeling
Heavy metals and inorganics
Biological wastewater treatment
Groundwater and wastewater
Green technology development
Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering Research at Stevens
Major advantages of studying civil, environmental, or ocean engineering at a premier research institution like Stevens include support for your ideas, great mentors and the best tools for your research. Learn more about research in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Ocean Engineering.
The Stevens Advantage
Stevens’ location near New York Harbor and the New Jersey coast places students near environmental organizations and private firms engaged in environmental protection and remediation, presenting ample opportunities for research, partnerships, internships and professional networking.
More Advantages to Our Program
Opportunities to participate in government- and industry-funded research at the Center for Environmental Systems, helping to solve real-world problems
Collaboration with other universities and experience working in or with national research centers
Involvement in research projects that receive federal funding
Networking and recruitment events, job fairs and guest speaker series
Groundwater and Soil Pollution Control
Who Should Apply?
We welcome applicants who hold a master’s degree in environmental engineering or a related field (up to 30 credits may be transferred to Stevens’ Ph.D. program). Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant science and experience working in environmental engineering may be considered if they have the following academic prerequisites:
2 semesters of college-level chemistry
4 semesters of calculus, including differential equations
3 engineering courses, including one design course.
Applicants may be admitted without these prerequisites but may need to complete them during their doctoral program. Contact Graduate Admissions for more details.
Program Admission Requirements
Bachelor’s degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, from an accredited institution
Official college transcripts
Two letters of recommendation
Resume or curriculum vitae
A statement of purpose
For international students: An excellent TOEFL/IELTS score
A competitive GRE or GMAT score (required for both part-time and full-time applicants)
For information about fellowships and assistantships, contact Graduate Admissions. Contact >
Environmental Engineering Doctoral Program Curriculum Overview
The environmental engineering doctoral program is an advanced graduate program designed to develop the student’s capability to perform research or high-level design in environmental engineering. The program is excellent preparation for PE (Professional Engineering) certification.
By the end of this program, students will be able to:
Conduct research (experimental and analytical work)
Use analytical instruments for measurement of chemical and physical properties of water, soil and air
Design water treatment and environmental remediation systems
Write technical reports or papers
Eighty-four credits of graduate work in an approved program of study beyond the bachelor’s degree are required for completion of the doctoral program. Up to 30 credits obtained in a master’s program can be included in this program. Of the remaining 54 credits, 15 to 30 credit hours of coursework, as well as 30 to 45 credit hours of dissertation work, are required. The preliminary requirements for the doctorate are regarded not as ends in themselves, but rather as preparation for the dissertation in which the student demonstrates ability.
Within two years from the time of admission, a student must take a qualifying examination that tests his/her basic knowledge and ability to critically analyze the research literature. Upon satisfactory performance in the qualifying examination, and completion of the required course work, (s)he must take an oral preliminary examination. This examination is primarily intended to evaluate the student’s aptitude for advanced research and examine his/her understanding of the subjects associated specifically with the dissertation topics.
Doctoral Dissertation and Advisory Committee
Upon satisfactory completion of the preliminary examination and all course work, a student will become a doctoral candidate and start his/her dissertation research. Doctoral research work must be based on an original investigation and the results must make a significant, state-of-the-art contribution to the field, and must be worthy of publication in current professional literature. At the completion of the research, a student must defend his/her thesis in a public presentation.
If you have existing graduate credits or experience in this area of study, contact [email protected] to discuss opportunities to include it in the curriculum.