Students may choose to pursue a Master of Science, Master of Engineering, or Ph.D. degree based on their interests and career goals. Students may also specialize in one of the department's four technical disciplines:
Our graduate programs consistently rank among the top 25 nationally on the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Our research facilities and faculty are world-class, and those who've studied CEE at Lehigh on a graduate level have quickly risen to the top of both academia and industry.
You can follow in the footsteps of industry leaders and the foremost minds of the profession. Click here to learn more about our faculty and their specific research areas and projects. Or read on for more information about the program and its requirements, and when you're ready, click here to apply to Lehigh University graduate school:
For fall applicants, the final deadline is January 15. For spring applicants, the final deadline is December 1. After those dates, prospective students may be considered and accepted via rolling admissions.
For the M.Eng. stuctural engineering program, which starts annually in July, the final deadline is April 15.
Graduate admission to the department of civil and environmental engineering is highly selective. The graduate admissions committee considers the entire application package in making admission decisions. We carefully review each applicant's academic transcript, GRE scores, TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable), personal statement, letters of recommendation, and resume.
Students with a non-CE undergraduate background will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis, assuming they've met certain core requirements and have demonstrated competency in the senior-level courses of their undergraduate major. Please contact the professor you're interested in working with to inquire about admission if you're an interested, non-CE student.
At the master's level, CEE students may choose between the Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree programs.
The Master of Science degrees are research-focused. M.S. students team up with a professor on a research project, then write a thesis to fulfill the degree requirement. The M.S. prepares students for careers in industry as well as progression to a Ph.D. and an academic career track.
The Master of Engineering degrees prepare students to enter the professional practice of engineering after graduation. These 30-credit, courses-only degrees provide a graduate-level option to students who want to complete a master's degree that has no thesis or project requirement. The exception is Lehigh's Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering Program, a unique program which emphasizes group and individual design projects.
The doctorate is for students with career ambitions in research, providing opportunities for in-depth study as well as publication. It typically includes courses in the major field, courses in minor fields, and a dissertation presenting results of original research. Holders of master's degrees planning to become candidates for the Ph.D. take a qualifying examination at the first opportunity following one semester in residence. After qualification, the candidate, the candidate's departmental Ph.D. committee, and the department chair formulate the student's program of work.
Prospective students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. should contact a faculty member whose research interests them. Please explore our four research areas to learn more about active projects.
The department of civil and environmental engineering offers a variety of financial support packages based on the research and educational needs of the department and the academic and research performance of the student.
Consideration for financial support is a part of the standard online application process. Types of financial support include:
In general, CEE support packages include graduate tuition and a monthly stipend.
For more details on financial aid options available through the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, click here.