Admissions & Requirements


Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at the graduate level or above to satisfy degree requirements, and coursework specific to the relevant track, as outlined below.
  • A minimum of 24 graduate semester credit hours must be taken at Rice University
  • A minimum residency enrollment of one fall or spring semester at Rice University
  • A minimum of one graduate seminar (CEVE 601 or CEVE 602)
  • A final project (CEVE 590)
  • First semester, students should speak to a faculty member whose research interests are in line with his or her professional goal, and who is willing to serve as the advisor on the student project.
  • Second semester or semester in which the final project will be completed, students must register for CEVE 590 under their project advisor and are required to meet with their advisor to discuss final project details and timeline by the end of the first week of class and each week thereafter as needed. Additionally, students are required to undergo training with the Center for Academic and Professional Communication (CAPC). A timeline is below.
    • By week 10, set up a meeting with CAPC for training on writing and presenting a final project
    • By week 13, submit the first draft to CAPC
    • By week 14, submit the final draft to CAPC
    • Week 15, last meeting with CAPC
    • Final project presentation and submission completed by the last day of class. Note that students should seek a second faculty member to serve as an evaluator in addition to their project advisor.

To learn more about track requirements, please visit the General Announcements.

Prerequisites for Environmental Engineering

  • 2 semesters of calculus;
  • 1 semester of differential equations;
  • 1 year of chemistry
  • 1 semester of physics;
  • 1 semester of biology;
  • 1 semester of fluid mechanics

Some of these prerequisites may be waived based on student background.


Students who have a B.S. or B.A. degree in any field of engineering or related study may apply to our professional master’s program. Admission deadlines are:

  • Fall admission: January 15
  • Spring Admission: October 15

Note: Late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis for the fall.

Contact Us

For general application inquiries, please contact:

Olga Trejo, Academic Program Administrator
Phone: 713-348-2646

Apply Now

Ready to apply? Once you've reviewed the deadlines, requirements, and prerequisites below, visit our Graduate Admissions to begin your application to Rice University.