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Master of Science

Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering and Computing


FIU Online's Master in Environmental Engineering provides students with state-of-the-art knowledge about the modern framework of water supply and wastewater treatment systems, hazardous waste management, air pollution control and air quality management.

With FIU's fully online program, you can advance your understanding of quantitative engineering principles while learning about the most effective technologies used in the design of collection and treatment processes. Our accelerated one-year program will prepare you to design and lead projects in real-world settings, with an emphasis on sustainable engineering and environmental quality. From compliance with environmental legislation to creating more effective ways to recycle water, graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills to solve treatment and pollution issues affecting air, water and soil.

The Environmental and Water Resources Engineering faculty was ranked ninth in the country in terms of productivity, which is based on the number of engineering graduates per faculty member. With our renowned faculty providing feedback and guidance every step of the way, your FIU Online experience is one we share with you.

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Learn the business of engineering at FIU Online. With our renowned education faculty providing feedback and guidance every step of the way, your FIU Online experience is one we share with you.

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Why Apply?

The U.S. environmental industry represented total revenues of more than $315 billion in 2010, generated by about 30,000 private sector companies and more than 80,000 public sector entities in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau). Environmental engineers are needed with specialized skills in air, water, and soil pollution control; solid and toxic waste management; recycling; renewable energy; pollution prevention and resource recovery; site remediation; environmental monitoring; and water treatment for industrial and municipal water use.

Graduates with a master's in environmental engineering are specially qualified to work for engineering and consulting firms concerned with air, water and waste water; water and sewer departments; the environmental industry; environmental groups; and for city, state, and federal agencies responsible for environmental and energy policies/protection. 

Industry Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, employment for environmental engineers is expected to grow by 15 percent through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, and faster than all other engineering careers combined.

In 2012, the median annual wage for environmental engineers was $80,890, with the highest employment in architectural and engineering firms, consulting services and state governments.  (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics).


Program Curriculum

The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering online program requires 30 credit hours, including three components: the Foundation Courses (6 semester hours), Content Courses (18 semester hours) and Breadth Courses (6 semester hours). Up to 6 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred into the master’s program.

Foundation Courses

Chemistry for Environmental Engineers ENV 5519
The basis for applying microbial and physicochemical principles required to understand reactions occurring in natural and engineered systems, including water/wastewater treatment processes.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

Environmental Impact Assessment ENV 6615
An examination of alternative techniques that are useful for analysis and environmental impacts of man’s activities. Environmental Impact assessment methodologies are emphasized.

Content Courses

Surface Hydrology
CWR 5305
An overview of the principles of hydrology with a particular focus on surficial processes of interest to engineering design. Emphasizes applications to flood prevention and mitigation and storm water management issues.
Prerequisites: CWR 3201, CWR 3540 (or equivalent).

Groundwater Hydrology CWR 6125
Physical properties, equations of flow/mass transport, saturated/unsaturated zone, wells, pumping tests, quality/contamination control, analytical solutions, and introduction to numerical models/computer codes.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Water Treatment Systems and Design ENV 5406
Course emphasizes water quality, quantities, and treatment and distribution systems particularly as relates to municipal water supply. Requires laboratory project.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Design of Wastewater Treatment Plants ENV 5517
This course is an introduction to wastewater collection systems. Integration of unit operations into the planning and design of treatment plants, including sludge handling and disposal. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Solid and Hazardous Waste ENV 5356
This course is an in-depth study of the solid waste problem. Topics include municipal, industrial, agricultural generation of wastes; municipal collection systems; methods of disposal, hazardous wastes, and energetic considerations in the recovery and recycle of wastes.

Air Quality Management ENV 5105
This course is an introduction to the technical and regulatory aspects of air quality management. Emissions inventories, ambient monitoring, and models used to evaluate the impact of pollutants on local, regional and global air quality.

Breadth Courses

Numerical Methods in Engineering EGN 5455
The study of procedures that permit rapid approximate solutions, within limits of desired accuracy to complex structural analysis.

GIS Applications in Civil and Environmental Engineering CGN 5320
Introduction to the basics of geographic information systems, their software and hardware, and their applications in civil and environmental engineering, landscape architecture, and other related fields.

Graduate Seminar CGN 6930
An examination of recent technical findings in selected areas of concern. Emphasis is placed on presentations (oral and written), research activities, readings, and active discussions among participants.


Applicants for admission into the Master of Science in Engineering Management online program must meet the following University Graduate School admission criteria: 

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum of “B” average in upper-level undergraduate work, or a graduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 hours of upper division coursework. The applicant whose GPA does not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be considered for conditional admission.
  • Good standing with all previously-attended colleges and universities. 
Transfer of Credit

Students may receive permission to transfer up to a maximum of six semester credits provided that: (1) the courses were taken at the graduate level at an accredited college or university; (2) with a grade of ‘B’ or better; (3) the courses were judged relevant by the program director; (4) the credits were not used toward another degree; and (5) the credits will be no older than six years at the time of graduation. No more than 12 semester hours taken at FIU as a non-degree seeking student may be counted toward the Engineering Management graduate program. 

International Students
  • International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the IBT TOEFL or 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required. (Exceptions: Students who completed an undergraduate or graduate program from a U.S. institution or accredited higher education institution in other English-speaking countries). 

Admissions Documents

The following must be submitted:

  • Online master's programs application ($30). Be sure to select Master of Science in Engineering Management.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended universities. A copy of the diploma is needed if the degree is not posted on the transcript. 
  • A resume including education, training, and employment history, practical and research experience (such as projects and publications), skills and other pertinent information.
  • A statement of objective in which the applicant must clearly state his/her intended engineering track, in addition to other information.
  • Three letters of recommendation must be sent. Letters are to be from those who have knowledge of the applicant's prior professional experience (e.g. a supervisor) or of the applicant's ability to perform graduate work (e.g., a professor) and should attest to the applicant's intellectual ability, motivation, maturity, and potential. 
  • Florida residents: copies of two (2) documents confirming that you have maintained residence in Florida for the past 12 months.

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Official transcripts/translations must be submitted directly by the respective institution(s) in electronic format or mailed in a sealed institution envelope to: 

FIU Online
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, MANGO 540
Miami, FL 33199

Tuition & Aid

Tuition Information

Pursuing your graduate degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support to help you reach your goals.

The total cost of the online Engineering Management program is $35,000 for Florida residents and non-Florida residents. Students pay for courses at the beginning of each semester. All fees are subject to change. 

Top Faculty

Dr. Berrin Tansel, Professor and Program Director

Dr. Tansel's primary areas of interest are water treatment; hazardous and industrial waste management; landfill processes and release mechanisms; and sustainable sludge treatment and recovery. She has authored over 200 professional reports and papers on sludge management, sanitary landfill design and operation, solid waste management, and her original research results. Dr. Tansel is affiliated with the Water Environment Federation, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Tau Beta Phi and Chi Epsilon and has served on a multitude of committees for those and other organizations. She received her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a Minor in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Omar I. Abdul-Aziz, Assistant Professor

Dr. Abdul-Aziz’s research is highly interdisciplinary, incorporating topics related to the coupled human-natural systems and sustainability sciences and engineering from at-site to regional to global scales. His research interests include scaling and self-organizations of hydrological, biogeochemical, ecological, and water quality processes; ecohydrological, hydroecological, and water quality modeling and analysis; modeling of wetland biogeochemistry, major greenhouse gas (CO2, CH4, and N2O) emissions, and carbon sequestration; and climate change impacts on water resources & related ecosystems. Dr. Abdul-Aziz received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Dr. Hector R. Fuentes, Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies

Dr. Fuentes’ areas of interest include environmental and water resources engineering; green and sustainable engineering solutions; solid and radioactive waste management; appropriate technologies for developing countries; and Latin American environmental policy. Dr. Fuentes received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Before joining FIU, Dr. Fuentes worked in various consulting roles for such influential organizations as USAID, UNESCO, the National Science Foundation, USEPA, and the Inter-American Development Bank. He serves as a faculty advisor for FIU Tau Chi Alpha (National Environmental Engineering Honorary) and the Water Environment Federation/Florida Water Environment Association (WEF/FWEA) Student Chapter at FIU.

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Dr. Walter Tang, Associate Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

Dr. Tang's primary research areas are physico-chemical treatment processes; advanced oxidation processes; environmental applications of aquatic, organic, catalytic, and colloidal chemistry; environmental molecular structure and activity relationship; and environmental impact assessment. Most recently, Dr. Tang served as principal investigator on a $40,000 research project for the Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, which focused on biodegradability enhancement of bioreactor landfill leachate with fenton processes. Dr. Tang received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Delaware. Dr. Tang earned a Fulbright lectureship award and has twice won the FIU Faculty Teaching Award.

@ A Glance

30Credits Required

Tuition Cost
  • 12-month fully online program
  • Projected employment growth for environmental engineers is higher than for all other engineering careers combined
  • The median annual wage for environmental engineers is $80,890 (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Program starts: Fall