Carnegie Mellon University

Our department offers a unique interdisciplinary graduate program that enables you to develop imaginative solutions to real world engineering problems. 

Our students have access to cutting-edge research and technology, high achieving, energetic and approachable faculty members, and an innovative and flexible curriculum, we consistently rank among the top engineering programs by US News and World Report.

Discover why our program should be your first choice. This is your opportunity to be part of an exceptional engineering program. 

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We offer graduate civil and environmental engineering programs at the MS and PhD levels in three focus areas in which we have established both educational and research strengths:

Advanced Infrastructure Systems (AIS)

The AIS education and research area focuses on the exploration and application of emerging Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to improve the design, construction and operations of infrastructure systems. 

Environmental Engineering Sustainability and Science (EESS)

The EESS education and research area focuses on air quality, water quality, remediation, industrial ecology, sustainable engineering, energy and environment, and environmental nanotechnology. This focus area is designed to provide skills, analysis tools, and technologies to meet contemporary environmental stewardship and sustainability challenges. 

Mechanics, Materials and Computing (MMC)

The MMC education and research area focuses on the scientific understanding and practical application of the emergent complex behavior of materials through computer simulation techniques for the analysis of the deformation, flow and failure of natural and engineered materials. 

Our graduate programs maintain a commitment to excellence in education and research, and offer additional advantages that serve the needs of our students.

As a graduate student in our program, you can work with your faculty advisor to develop an individually focused program. This allows you to pursue studies in line with your professional interests and goals.

Your tailored programs may be directed toward more fundamental engineering science, or more applied engineering design or development, depending on your individual career goals.

We also encourage students from a variety of educational backgrounds to pursue graduate study with us.

As a CEE student, you will enjoy a collegial, supportive and respectful climate with an exceptional student/faculty ratio. You will truly be part of a community.

In fact, many alumni maintain their relationships with the department throughout their professional careers. Our alumni are diverse and global, and our Career and Professional Development Center works tirelessly to place students with the top engineering firms around the world.  

While you are a student, you will have many options for study and meeting spaces to work and collaborate with your classmates.

Doctoral students are assigned a desk in the department and are also provided a personal computer after completing their doctoral qualifying examination. All offices and communal spaces have personal or shared computers connected to the campus and worldwide network.