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Prepare to thrive in leadership roles with an environmental engineering master’s from the University of California, Riverside. The online Master of Science in Engineering with a specialization in Environmental Engineering Systems (Water) is an advanced exploration of environmental systems with a distinct focus on water resources, covering relevant topics such as water chemistry, separation processes and modern water treatment systems.

Program Highlights:
Designed for Completion in 13 Months

100% Online Coursework

No Residency Requirement

Three Available Start Dates

Master of Science in


Master of Engineering


While a Master of Engineering Management program may focus primarily on business, the online Master of Science in Engineering is a calibrated blend of management strategy and high-level technical skills. The result is a dynamic hybrid that's molding a new generation of globally conscious, innovative environmental engineering leaders.

Why a Master's in

Environmental Engineering?

A Master of Science in Engineering can prove to be incredibly worthwhile for your professional future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), environmental engineers earn a median annual salary of more than $80,000, with a high-end salary of more than $120,000. Environmental engineers are employed in a wide range of professional arenas, including water reclamation, recycling, sustainable development, and pollution control and containment.

The BLS reports that there are more than 53,000 environmental engineers employed in the U.S., and projections have the industry adding more than 8,000 jobs between 2012 and 2022. An environmental engineering background can also pave the way for a number of other career paths, including civil engineering. The BLS estimates 53,700 new civil engineering jobs will be added to the workforce between 2012 and 2022 – a growth rate that's almost twice the national average for all occupations.


Environmental engineering graduate programs can help you succeed in a number of different career paths. Here are just a few of the professional possibilities.

Wastewater Process Engineer

Design and implement systems and facilities that yield safe, healthy drinking water. Wastewater process engineers guide the physical, chemical and biological treatment processes that help provide clean water supplies for communities everywhere. The UCR online environmental engineering graduate program provides cutting-edge engineering strategies to help you become a leader in wastewater processing.


Draw on your environmental engineering background to analyze the relationship between precipitation, groundwater and the environment as a whole. Hydrologists participate in the advanced study of water resources and hydrologic data, playing an essential role in the development of usable water resources. An online master's in environmental engineering can give you the advanced skills to use environmental science to make a positive impact on the planet.

Air Quality Engineer/Consultant

Use your education to help create a healthy environment through the improvement of air quality. Air quality consultants focus on emissions and pollution testing and control to help industrial organizations conduct business in a manner that is environmentally friendly and compliant with government regulation. A master's degree in environmental engineering can provide you with the specialized knowledge to thrive at the forefront of air quality engineering.

Who Should Choose

an Environmental Engineering Master's Online?

Environmental engineering master's programs are designed to help you increase your earning potential and advance toward leadership roles. The UCR online Master of Science in Engineering provides practical skills and leadership strategies that can help you make fast, significant strides in your career. The 100% online format gives you the freedom to earn an advanced degree in 13 months while honoring your professional obligations. Your employer may even help you cover some or all of the program costs.

Whether you're an environmental engineer or an engineer in another discipline looking to shift your career focus, our online engineering program can help you become a cross-functional engineering manager with the ability to lead teams across multiple disciplines. If you have professional experience in the field or a bachelor's degree in engineering, regardless of emphasis, we encourage you to find out more about the program.



This specialized environmental engineering master's program features coursework focused on water systems and the environment, including:

CEE 225 Physical and Chemical Separation Processes
CEE 226 Biological Treatment Processes
CEE 243 Advanced Water Treatment Technologies
CEE 241 Water Chemistry in Natural and Engineered Systems

*Curriculum subject to change.

Rankings & Accreditation

  • Rankings

    The University of California, Riverside has been recognized by a number of academic publications for a variety of different programs and attributes. In 2013, Leiden Ranking named UC Riverside No. 10 in the world for natural sciences and engineering. In its most recent graduate school rankings, U.S. News & World Report counted UC Riverside among the top 33 percent of engineering schools in the nation. The publication also ranked UCR No. 12 in diversity, an honor that reflects our longstanding commitment to cultural, professional and geographical diversity.

  • Accreditation

    The University of California, Riverside is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Regional accreditation assures students that UC Riverside meets the highest standards in terms of learning opportunities and a commitment to self-improvement.

  • Military Friendly

    Victory Media selected UC Riverside as a "Military Friendly School" for 2015, acknowledging our longstanding commitment to providing educational opportunities for transitioning veterans. The list recognizes only the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to assist U.S. military service members and veterans as students.