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Civil and Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.)

Students in the Civil and Environmental Engineering doctoral program can pursue research in several broad areas, including environmental health, environmental and water resources engineering, geosystems engineering, and structural engineering and mechanics. Graduates of the doctoral program are well-positioned for careers in academia, industry, government and consulting.

Civil and Environmental Engineering (M.S.)

The Civil and Environmental Engineering M.S. program provides students with advanced level expertise in a civil and environmental engineering specialty, some technical breadth in a related specialty, and familiarity with engineering tools used by the profession. Those students who wish to pursue doctoral education and research or a career in engineering practice within the private or public sector can opt to complete thesis research work in addition to the yearlong course work required for a master's degree. The program's areas of concentration are: applied data science, environmental health, environmental and water resources engineering, geosystems engineering, and structural engineering and mechanics.

Interdisciplinary Programs

  • Bioengineering (M.S.)

The Environmental Biotechnology track of the Bioengineering Master’s program investigates the development, control, and characterization of biological processes for water and wastewater treatment and environmental restoration.

Certificate Programs

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

A series of advanced certificate programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering is offered, on a part-time or full-time basis, to qualified students seeking professional training. The certificate program for each student is individualized, so that many different focus areas in Civil and Environmental Engineering can be accommodated. This four-course graduate-level program will update your skills and broaden your knowledge in Civil and Environmental Engineering, through a "design your own specialty certificate" taught by Tufts' renowned faculty

  • Environmental Management

The Environmental Management Certificate program provides students with the tools and techniques they need to understand the complex issues of future environmental management. The program blends courses in fundamentals such as regulations and compliance issues, with leading edge concepts in life-cycle analysis, risk management, and remediation technologies. Students must complete five courses, including one course in each of three focus areas: environmental engineering and technology, environmental health, and policy. The two remaining courses can be selected from any of the focus areas.


Laurie Gaskins Baise
Department Chair and Professor
Ph.D. , University of California at Berkeley
Geosystems Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Seismic Mapping
Linda Abriola
University Professor
Ph.D. , Princeton University
Groundwater Hydrology, Mathematical Modeling of Multiphase Flow and Reactive Transport in Porous Media
Jay Borkland
Research Associate Professor
M.A. , State University of New York at Buffalo
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Brian Brenner
Professor of the Practice
P.E., M.S. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Structural Engineering, Concrete Design, Bridge Analysis and Design, Structural Analysis/Design
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Natalie Cápiro
Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Rice University
Environmental biotechnology and bioremediation applications, fate and transport of persistent organic groundwater contaminants
Steven Chapra
Ph.D. , University of Michigan
Water Quality Modeling, Numerical Methods, Advanced Computer Applications in Environmental Engineering
Wayne Chudyk
Associate Professor
P.E., Ph.D. , University of Illinois, Urbana
Drinking Water Quality and Toxic Materials, Groundwater Monitoring
Luis Dorfmann
P.E., Ph.D. , University of California, Los Angeles
Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Mathematical Models of Material Behavior, Nonlinear Magneto- and Electromechanical Interactions, Biomechanics of Soft Materials, Rubber Elasticity and Inelasticity.
John Durant
Associate Professor
P.E., Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Environmental Engineering, Fate and Transport of Pollutants in Surface Water and Air
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John Germaine
Research Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Geotechnical, Laboratory Testing, Automation, Soil Behavior, Physical Properties, Mechanical Properties
David M. Gute
Ph.D., M.P.H. , Yale University
Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, Environmental Health and Safety
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Eric Hines
Professor of the Practice
P.E., Ph.D. , University of California, San Diego
Structural Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Steel Design, Concrete Design, Structural Systems Design
Shafiqul Islam
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Water Diplomacy, Hydroclimatology, Hydroepidemiology, Remote Sensing, Climate Challenges
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Magaly Koch
Ph.D. , Boston University
Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
Daniel A. Kuchma
Ph.D. , University of Toronto
Design, Behavior, and Modeling of Concrete Structures
Daniele Lantagne
Associate Professor
Ph.D., P.E. , London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Water treatment, developing countries, emergencies, water quality
Stephen H. Levine
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Environmental, Ecological, and Economic Systems Modeling
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James Limbrunner
Professor of the Practice
Ph.D. , Tufts University
Hydrology, water resources systems, IWRM
Babak Moaveni
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, San Diego
Structural health monitoring, system and damage identification of civil structures, experimental modal analysis, signal processing, uncertainty quantification
Kurt Pennell
P.E., Ph.D. , University of Florida
Groundwater Remediation Technologies, Fate and Transport of Emerging Contaminants, Neurotoxicity of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Engineered Nanomaterials
Amy Pickering
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Stanford University
Andrew Ramsburg
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Georgia Institute of Technology
Innovative Technologies for Site Remediation; Fate and Transport of Contaminants in the Subsurface Environment
Masoud Sanayei
Ph.D. , University of California, Los Angeles
Structural Engineering, Structural Health Monitoring of Bridges, Floor Vibrations for Human Comfort and Sensitive Equipment, Nondestructive Testing of Full-Scale Structures
Helen Suh
Sc.D. , Harvard University
Christopher Swan
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Environmental Geotechnology, Geotechnical Engineering
Robert C. Viesca
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Applied mathematics and mechanics for geophysical and engineering problems
Richard M. Vogel
Ph.D. , Cornell University
Water Resources, Hydrology, Hydraulics and Environmental Statistics
Ph.D. and M.S. Program

Ph.D. and M.S. Program

Application Deadline

Spring: September 15
Fall: December 15

Admission into the Department generally requires course credits in science (biology, chemistry, physics), mathematics (through differential equations), and engineering sciences (fluid mechanics, statics). Students admitted to the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program are expected to have also completed at least one semester of college-level probability and statistics. Students admitted for M.S. in Environmental Health should also possess a suitable background in the biological sciences. Please note that students lacking one or more of these undergraduate preparations may be admitted on the condition that they complete the necessary coursework during their first year at Tufts. Credits resulting from the successful completion (i.e., a grade of B or better) of conditional coursework are required to obtain a degree but may not be used to satisfy graduate course requirements within the degree program.

Application Requirements:

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> Official GRE scores

- GRE not required for current Tufts undergraduates applying to the M.S. degree program

- GRE scores may be waived for part-time students with five years of industry experience who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Visit for complete details. If you believe you are eligible to have the GRE waived based on these requirements, please contact with the subject line “Engineering part-time Master's GRE requirement"

> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of Recommendation

Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

Application Deadline

Spring: September 15 (international applicants) and December 31 (domestic applicants)
Fall: June 1 (international applicants) and August 1 (domestic applicants)

Application Requirements

> Application Fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal Statement
> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> One Letter of Recommendation

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director.
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