Why ODU for Environmental Engineering?

In this rapidly changing technological world, a graduate engineering degree is often required to hold professional positions in the industry, and in federal, state and municipal government agencies. ODU's online environmental engineering program is designed to give you the in-depth knowledge you need to take the next step in your career. Learn from experienced ODU engineering faculty with a wide variety of specialties and research interests.

You have two options in our environmental engineering master’s degree online program: a Master of Science degree with a thesis, or a Master of Engineering degree with a final project/course option. Thesis and project research can be completed at main campus using state-of-the-art facilities, or on-site at your current employment location. Both research options are facilitated through close interaction with a research faculty advisor. Written, oral and visual communication (web conferencing) make the research process comparable with students on main campus. 

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Required Courses

Master of Science degree:

  • 30 credit hours total.
  • 24 credit hours of graduate courses and 6 hours of thesis credit, including a final oral exam. The oral exam can be completed via web conferencing.

Master of Engineering degree:

  • 30 credit hours total.
  • Project option: 27 credit hours of graduate course work plus a 3-credit-hour project.
  • Course option: 30 credit hours of graduate course work and a written final comprehensive exam covering the entire program of study. 

Both degrees share a set of four core courses and require a Math or Statistics course.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Some classes will have live, regular online meeting times, while others will not. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$523 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$568 per credit hour

Rates are effective Summer 2018 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

Careers in Environmental Engineering

Areas such as renewable energy, biofuels, sustainable development, water resource management, and pollution prevent need leaders with environmental engineering expertise. Explore potential careers in the list below.

Note: earning a degree from ODU does not guarantee employment in the positions listed above. Explore more career information on our Career Coach website.

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How to Apply

To apply to this environmental engineering master’s degree online, you should have a bachelor's degree in civil or environmental engineering. If you have an undergraduate degree in another engineering field or a related science field, you are still welcome to apply, but you may need to complete undergraduate prerequisite courses before starting the main program of study. Applicants with a non-engineering undergraduate degree and from foreign countries must also submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

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You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program. Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.