Carnegie Mellon University
Our Sustainable Water MS concentration gives you skills and experience with issues and approaches in water quality engineering from fundamental physical, chemical and biological perspectives, with applications to both natural and engineered systems.

As a student you will gain knowledge and skills to address modern challenges in water quality protection and restoration, including:

  • Chemistry of natural waters
  • Fate processes for organic contaminants in waters
  • Physical-chemical and biological processes
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Environmental quality modeling
The following courses are recommended for this concentration, but the MS program is flexible and students should work with their academic advisors to tailor coursework towards their own individual interests and career goals.

  • 12-657 Water Resources Engineering
  • 12-702 Fundamentals of Water Quality Engineering
  • 12-720 Water Resources Chemistry
  • 12-724 Biological Wastewater Treatment
  • 12-725 Fate, Transport, and Physicochemical Processes of Organic Contaminants in Aquatic Systems
  • 12-726 Mathematical Modeling of Environmental Quality Systems
  • 12-729 Environmental Microbiology for Engineers

Visit the HUB for a full listing of available courses and their descriptions.

The following crosscutting courses relate to this concentration and may be of interest for additional course work, depending on individual student goals.

  • 12-704 Probability and Estimation Methods for Engineering Systems
  • 12-706 Civil Systems Investment Planning and Pricing
  • 12-712 Introduction to Sustainable Engineering
  • 12-714 Environmental Life Cycle Assessment
  • 12-728 Remediation Engineering
  • 12-749 Climate Change Adaptation
  • 12-750 Infrastructure Management
  • 12-766 Climate Change Science and Solutions 

  • 12-774 Foundations of Intelligent Infrastructure Systems 

  • 12-783 Geographic Information Systems

  • 19-685 Engineering Optimization 

  • 19-707 Multiple Criteria Decision Making 

  • 24-711 Fluid Dynamics

  • 94-833 Decision Analysis and Multicriteria Decision Making 

  • 95-760 Decision Making Under Uncertainty

  • 36-722 Modern Ideas in Stats and AI for Climate and Environ Sci 

  • 09-724 Environmental Chemistry

Visit the HUB for a full listing of available courses and their descriptions.

Ready to Apply?

All applications are submitted online through the CMU College of Engineering. For application information, visit our Admissions Information page.