Carnegie Mellon University

Our Master's Degree May Be Your Perfect Fit

Our master's program in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon offers you a personalized graduate degree that is flexible and tailored to your goals. Our graduate program attracts students from diverse backgrounds who are looking for the expertise that an advanced degree will offer and is open to applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Our Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate degree programs allows you to develop deep knowledge in a specialized concentration of one of our focus areas while rounding out your education with challenging interdisciplinary course work. 

Our program is flexible to accommodate your individual career and academic goals, a unique feature that allows you to explore your interests fully.

Engineering Leaders

Collaboration is more important than ever and companies depend on leaders who can combine the potential of its people and the quality of their skillset with the ability to share that knowledge throughout their organization.

One of the core values of Carnegie Mellon University is our ability to do just that -- develop innovative solutions through collaborative work. 

Combining this with an interdisciplinary approach develops leaders whose critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills who apply their skills across various disciplines.

Our graduates put these skills to work to build the solutions and systems that will shape the infrastructure of the world around all around us.  


Our Program

Our Master's of Science graduate program is a course-based degree that allows you to direct your studies with what best matches your interests -- making you more marketable to potential employers.

Generally speaking, our courses are focused on one of three areas:

  • Advanced Infrastructure Systems
  • Environmental Engineering, Sustainability and Science
  • Mechanics, Materials and Computing

Other degree title options are also offered if you are interested in a more specialized curriculum.

All applicants to our graduate program are automatically considered for department-funded financial support. 


Alumni Perspective

fall2019-navin-katta-5.jpgAlumni Uses Connected Vehicles and Traffic Signals to Improve Transportation Safety

Navin Katta (MS '09) is currently a director at high-tech start-up Savari, Inc., a company that develops both hardware and software for vehicles that is designed to improve road safety.

Katta joined Savari in 2010, and currently works on next-generation technologies, managing the company’s Smart City initiatives, working with Savari’s Cloud products, and managing mobile application development. He began his career as a member of the technical staff and has worked as a principal investigator and manager for research grants, totaling more than $3.8 million.


Having already earned his B.Tech degree at the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India, Katta says he was attracted to CEE at CMU for his master’s because of CMU’s interdisciplinary approach to education, an approach he feels is the best way to approach many issues we face today.

While earning his master’s, Katta was part of the Advanced Infrastructure Systems Group at CEE, where he learned about sensors, data acquisition, and data management. He also took a course in Applied Machine Learning. He says the combination of the two fields got him interested in intelligent transportation.

Learn more about Navin's career path.


Our Rankings

We are proud that our department is consistently recognized as a leading program for civil and environmental engineering. 

2020 U.S. News & World Report Graduate Program Rankings

  • 7th for Environmental Engineering Graduate Program
  • 9th for Civil Engineering Graduate Program

Building Futures

Discover how our graduate program helped master's graduate student David DeSmet actualize the skills gained for a career in environmental engineering. 

Learn how master's student Nihar Turumella was able to turn his interests into a graduate course of study that led to an internship with Ansys, a global leader in engineering simulation.

Find out how you can get started 

As a CEE student, you'll enjoy a collegial and supportive climate with an exceptional student/faculty ratio. You will truly be part of a community. In fact, many alumni stay connected with the department throughout their professional careers.

We admit new students twice per year (fall and spring semesters). All applicants to the MS program are automatically considered for a range of merit scholarships.

Ready to apply?

We can sponsor your application fee ($75) if you plan to apply to our graduate program for the Fall 2020 semester. Contact Melissa Ritchie, our Graduate Admissions Coordinator, for more details.

If you have additional questions about the program or admissions requirements, contact us at

Application Deadlines

Spring: September 15
Fall: January 15