What is the difference between the M.S. Environmental Engineering and M.S. Environmental Engineering Science degrees?

Students who consider the M.S. Environmental Engineering Science have a first degree that is a non-engineering degree (e.g., chemistry, biology, physics, geology, environmental science, etc.). The M.S. Environmental Engineering degree requires that a student either have an ABET accredited engineering degree as their first degree (can be a B.S. degree in any engineering field) or demonstrate through a combination of the coursework associated with their first degree and graduate degree that they meet engineering accreditation requirements. The amount of additional coursework (if any) is student specific; however, it typically requires 1-2 semesters of additional coursework beyond the 30 credits required for the M.S. degree. After reviewing a student’s transcript from their previous degree, we can make a determination on the actual number of additional credits that would be required. In contrast, an individual with a first degree that is non-engineering can obtain the 30-credit M.S. Environmental Engineering Science degree without doing any make-up coursework. Students who pursue this option should understand that they will still be in demand by employers of our graduate students; however, they may not be able to become a professionally registered engineer at a later date. Also, students in the Master’s International program that is affiliated with the U.S. Peace Corps can not apply for the M.S. Environmental Engineering Science degree and must apply for the M.S. Environmental Engineering or the M.S. Civil Engineering degree.