If you are thinking about graduate study in civil and environmental engineering, you are familiar with the engineering challenges in infrastructure and the environment facing our society. You also know that the application of new technology and research is crucial.
That’s where Rice comes in. We offer a highly interdisciplinary research experience with strong underpinnings in various scientific and engineering disciplines. They are designed to develop fundamental understanding of structures, infrastructure systems and the environment. Our mission is to educate tomorrow’s leaders and enable them to solve complex problems associated with the natural and built environments in which we live.
Students interested in a graduate degree in civil and environmental engineering can choose from three degree programs:
The Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering is a professional master's degree that adds communication and leadership courses to a curriculum already strong in fundamentals and theory. The degree is designed as a bridge to industry, allowing graduates to rapidly advance their careers. Two subtracks are available. More information.
A Master of Science is rapidly becoming the expected entry-level degree for civil and environmental engineers and is considered a necessary step to P.E. licensure. This degree is the natural choice for students who are interested in refining their knowledge by studying a specific area and performing creative research, as well as for those interested in eventually pursuing a Ph.D. More information.
Students who pursue the Ph.D. are passionate about research. They use intellect, creativity and boldness to explore and discover. They believe in turning inquiry and investigation into understanding, and understanding into applications and novel solutions to real-world problems. More information.