The EWRE Program accepts non-engineers with exceptional grade point averages, references, and/or professional experience as applicants for the M.S. degree program and subsequently for the Ph.D. degree program. In addition to the normal requirements for the M.S. degree explained above, such students are expected to meet formal coursework requirements entirely through engineering courses and must take (or have taken elsewhere) several undergraduate level background courses, as detailed below. This will allow the student to be eligible for a professional engineering license after graduating and obtaining suitable work experience.

Depending on the number of undergraduate courses required, an applicant may be asked to enroll as an undergraduate while completing these background courses; admission to the Graduate School is then based in part on the performance in these courses. At all times, the student is required to obtain grades meeting normal Graduate School requirements. A non-engineer should expect to devote a longer time to the M.S. degree program than a graduate student with an engineering degree.

Because of the intense competition for financial assistance, non-engineering students rarely receive financial aid during the period they are primarily taking these undergraduate makeup courses. However, they often receive financial assistance during the latter part of their programs, assuming strong progress toward their degree.

Required Courses

The courses (or their equivalents) necessary for a student's background are listed below.

  • CH 301 & 302 - Chemistry (6 hours)
  • CE 311K or 311S- (3 hours): Computer Methods or Elem. Statistics
  • CE 319F - Fluid Mechanics (3 hours)
  • EM 306 - Statics (3 hours)
  • EM 319 - Mechanics of Solids (3 hours) for environmental engineering students or EM 311M – Dynamics (3 hours) for water resources students
  • M 408C&D - Mathematics (8 hours of calculus)
  • M 427K - Mathematics (4 hours of advanced math, including differential equations)
  • ChE 322-Thermodynamics
  • PHY 303K&L - Physics (6 hours)
  • PHY 103M&N - Physics Laboratory (2 hours)


Four elective courses from the list below (or their equivalents) are required. Often, specific courses are recommended after an evaluation of the student's prior educational program and educational objectives for the graduate program. Each elective is a three-hour course. Either as a part of satisfying this requirement for four electives or satisfying the course requirements for the M.S. degree, students without an engineering undergraduate degree must take at least one course that is primarily devoted to the design of engineering systems. The two courses marked with an asterisk on the list below (CE 364 and CE 365K) satisfy this design requirement, as do CE 386M, CE 396L.3, and CE 381E.

  • CE 342 - Water and Wastewater Treatment Engineering
  • CE 346 - Solid Wastes
  • CE 346K - Hazardous Waste Management
  • CE 356 - Elements of Hydraulic Engineering
  • CE 358 - Introductory Ocean Engineering
  • CE 364 - Design of Wastewater and Water Treatment Facilities*
  • CE 365K - Hydraulic Engineering Design*
  • CE 369L - Air Pollution Engineering
  • CE 370K - Environmental Sampling and Analysis
  • CE 374K - Hydrology
  • CE 374L - Groundwater Hydraulics