Online Program Overview
The sustainability of human society on Earth is likely to be one of the dominant challenges of the 21st century. Continued population growth, coupled with urbanization and industrialization throughout the globe, has resulted in rapid consumption of our natural resources, extensive waste production, environmental degradation, threats to human health, and climate change. Much has been said about these problems, but thus far not enough has been done. Needed are better engineering solutions for a sustainable planet.
The Columbia University Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering (EEE) strives to develop effective solutions to these complex and multidisciplinary problems, reconciling a deep concern for the environment with the needs of our global industrialized society. Our central theme is the conscientious stewardship of our finite natural resources, namely minerals, fuels, energy, water, and land. EEE maintains the Henry Krumb School of Mines' longstanding tradition of responsibly providing essential materials to society, while pioneering important new environmental initiatives.
EEE now offers the Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Engineering degree, designed for engineers and scientists who plan to pursue, or are already engaged in, environmental management/development careers. The focus of the program is the environmentally sound mining and processing of primary materials (minerals, energy, and water) and the recycling or proper disposal of used materials. The program also includes technologies for assessment and remediation of past damage to the environment. Students must complete 30 credits of graduate level coursework and can choose a pace that allows them to complete the MS requirements while being employed.
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Degree required for admission: Students admitted to the program must possess an undergraduate degree in engineering, science, mathematics, computer science or other related field (subject to the approval of the Earth and Environmental Engineering Program) from an accredited academic institution. Applicants should have a strong undergraduate record to be competitive for admission.
GPA required: Minimum of 3.0
GRE requirements: General test required
Other application requirements: 3 recommendation letters, transcripts, resume, and a personal-professional statement are required. TOEFL test scores are required of all students who received their bachelor's degree in a country where English is not the official and spoken language. All application requirements in the Graduate Application must be completed as specified in the application.
Students must complete all core courses (described below) and selected electives (described below) for a total of 30 graduate points of academic work via CVN with an academic average of 2.5 or better. All degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of the beginning of the first course credited toward the degree. This includes courses taken in the non-degree program.
Core Courses (12 credits):
The core courses provide a student with a foundation in the fundamentals of Earth and Environmental Engineering. The core courses contribute 12 points of graduate credit toward the degree. Students must complete four of the following seven courses:
- CHEE E4252: Introduction to Surface and Colloid Chemistry
- EAEE E4003: Introduction to Aquatic Chemistry
- EAEE E4200: Production of Inorganic Materials
- EAEE E4550: Catalysis for Emissions Control
- EAEE E4901: Environmental Microbiology
- EAEE E6208: Combustion Chemistry and Processes
- ECIA W4100: Management and Development of Water Systems
Elective courses (9 credits):
In addition to the required four Core Earth and Environmental Engineering courses listed above, students will need to complete three additional courses from the courses listed below for a total of nine credits in Earth & Environmental Engineering or related fields such as Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. Approved courses that will fulfill this category of course requirements include (but are not limited to) the following classes. Additional courses not listed below can be applicable towards this requirement, subject to the approval of the faculty advisor. All of the courses below have already been recorded by CVN.
- APPH E4090: Nanotechnology
- CHEE E4050: Principles of Industrial and Environmental Electrochemistry
- CHEE E4530: Corrosion of Metals
- CHEE E6252: Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry
- CHEN E4010: Chemical Process Analysis
- CIEE E4252: Environmental Engineering
- EAEE E4160: Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
- EAEE E4190: Photovoltaic Systems Engineering
- EAEE E4950: Environmental Biochemical Processes
- EAIA W4200: Alternative Energy Resources
- MSAE E4215: Mechanical Behavior of Structural Materials
- MSAE E4132: Fundamentals of Polymers and Ceramics
- MSAE E4250: Ceramics and Composites
- MSAE E4202: Thermodynamics and Reactions in Solids
- MSAE E4206: Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Solids
- APMA E4001: Principles of Applied Mathematics
- APMA E4200: Partial Differential Equations
Free Electives (9 credits):
A student must select three elective courses for a total of 9 points of graduate credit. These elective courses allow the student to pick subjects from a variety of areas within the Engineering School to complement the core program. The determination of which courses are applicable towards the elective requirements is subject to the approval of the faculty advisor.
Tuition & Fees
2016 -2017 Tuition & Fees
Please note that all tuition and fees are in U.S. dollars and are estimated. Tuition and most fees are prescribed by statute, and are subject to change at the discretion of the Trustees.
CVN Credit Tuition: $1858 per point (Credit Hour)
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course
Transcript Fee: $105 non-refundable one-time fee
CVN Audit Tuition: $834 per point (Credit Hour)
Graduate Admission Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course
Certification Program Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee
Late Registration Fee: $100 non-refundable fee
CVN Withdrawal Fee: $75, plus prorated tuition and all non-refundable fees
For example: A three credit course would be $5574 + transcript fee $105 (one-time) + CVN fee $395 = $6074
Payment should be mailed to:
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New York, NY 10027
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