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Environmental Engineering Program Overview

Rapid deterioration and consumption of our planets’ natural resources, immense waste production, environmental decline, and climate change are just some environmental issues threatening human health and the well-being of planet Earth and that you will be equipped to tackle in the certificate or master’s in environmental engineering

Instructors at the helm of pioneering important new environmental initiatives lead the Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals environmental engineering graduate programs. These distinguished faculty guide you through the latest techniques used to examine engineering solutions to these complex and multidisciplinary problems.

Through the use of interactive learning tools and online course delivery, experienced instructors delve into the concepts underlying biological, physical, and chemical treatment, preparing students to design and lead projects in real-world settings. Choose from optional focus areas that are of most interest to you.

Our online, part-time environmental engineering graduate programs can help you:

  • Apply engineering and management solutions to municipal solid waste problems utilizing knowledge of contemporary technologies for the design and operation of landfills, incinerators, transfer stations, and processing facilities.
  • Apply the basic principles of water and wastewater treatment to the design of major components of drinking water treatment systems, water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, and wastewater treatment processes.
  • Understand more about hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities.
  • Evaluate environmental and public health hazards, recommending technologies and approaches to cost-effectively eliminate waste and pollution while reducing energy consumption.

Master’s Degree Focus Areas

A focus area can be selected but is not required for the master’s degree in environmental engineering.

  • Energy Policy and Climate: Gain the knowledge required to meet the increased demand for energy resources, growing interest in efficient and renewable sources, and  maintain the delicate balance between the environment and an energy-dependent society
  • Energy Sciences and Policy: Explore and analyze a wide array of topics in the science and policy surrounding energy through ethical, legal, political, economic, and historical contexts.
  • Environmental and Occupational Health: Designed for ​​students interested in the human health aspects of the environment, you’ll learn to identify major environmental health issues facing public health professionals today.
  • Ocean and Coastal Engineering: Designed for students engaged in designing, building, and maintaining the built environment at our coastlines and in our oceans and waterways.
Courses by Focus area

Comparing Engineering For Professio​​nals Environmental Programs

At Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, we offer three different programs that cater to various aspects of environmental engineering. Each program offers a master’s degree, Post-Master’s certificate, and graduate certificate option. 

  • The Environmental Engineering program focuses on the design of environmental engineering processes, infrastructures, remediation technologies, and treatment.
  • The Environmental Engineering and Science program focuses on the fundamental concepts of physics, chemistry, biology, and geology as applied in the context of environmental issues, with less emphasis on design and management.
  • The Environmental Planning and Management program focuses on the relationships between environmental engineering/science and public policy analysis and the role of economic factors in the environmental management and water resources planning using decision-making tools.

If you have additional questions about the differences between these programs, please reach out to our admissions team so they can  help you find the program best for you. 

Programs

We offer multiple environmental engineering graduate program options within Environmental Engineering; you can earn a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering, a Graduate Certificate, an Environmental Engineering postgraduate Post-Master’s certificate, or a Climate Change, Energy, and Environmental Sustainability Graduate Certificate.

Environmental Engineering Courses

Get details about course requirements, prerequisites, focus areas, and electives offered within the program. All courses are taught by subject-matter experts who are executing the technologies and techniques they teach. For exact dates, times, locations, fees, and instructors, please refer to the course schedule published each term. Focus areas in the environmental engineering master’s degree require specific courses.

Program Contacts

Tuition and Fees

Did you know that 78 percent of our enrolled students’ tuition is covered by employer contribution programs? Find out more about the cost to complete your part-time, online masters in environmental engineering, including tuition for prerequisite and program courses and the Dean’s Fellowship.

Climate Change, Energy, and Environmental Sustainability

As the world's population increases and technological advances accelerate, demands for natural resources and energy continues to threaten Earth's physical and ecological systems. Through this program, you will learn to design and implement solutions to address these challenges. Earn this graduate certificate with just 5 courses.

It was super convenient to make everything online so that I didn’t need to travel/move to go to school. The ‘weekly’ schedule was also very helpful. As a full-time employee, I could schedule my studies around my schedule and I always felt like I had enough time during the week to complete my assignments.

Kelly Ferguson ‘18 Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering Program FAQs

The climate crisis will continue to cause disruptions and harm to both the planet and our societies. By becoming an environmental engineer, you will be doing your part to combat these issues and build a world where the environment and humans can coexist sustainably. The EP environmental engineering postgraduate certificate, master’s degree and graduate certificate programs can prepare you for all of it.

Holders of an environmental engineering master’s degree can use their experience in a variety of roles and industries. Become a pollution control engineer, build energy-efficient buildings as a green building engineer, or research and develop alternative and renewable energy resources.

The 10 required courses for this online, part-time degree must be completed within five years of your first course. It is recommended that students do not take more than two courses a semester to allow for a healthy work-life-study balance.

Academic Calendar

Find out when registration opens, classes start, transcript deadlines and more. Applications are accepted year-round, so you can apply any time.