Water Resources and Environmental Engineering

Master of Science in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering

"Employment of environmental engineers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations."

--U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Specifically, the Bureau notes, “State and local government concerns regarding water should lead to efforts to increase efficiency of water use.”

With increasing job opportunities, it’s an ideal time to advance your career in this field of engineering. Villanova's Master of Science in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering (MSWREE) program is nationally-recognized for its:

  • Cutting edge research and collaborative opportunities in the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering (VCASE), the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP), and the campus's Green Infrastructure Stormwater Research Park.
  • Distinguished leadership including VCASE and VUSP director Dr. Robert Traver, a sought-after stormwater expert and president of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers; and Dr. Metin Duran, a nationally recognized environmental engineering expert in wastewater treatment and microbial water quality.

As an added benefit, all MSWEE courses are taught in the evening, making the program feasible for both part-time and full-time students. All classes are also available through our E-Learning program.

Prospective applicants should refer to specific admission criteria for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Criteria for applicants to any College of Engineering program can be found here.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 earned semester credits of graduate work is required:

  • Of the 30 credits, a minimum of 21 must be in Civil and Environmental Engineering courses (required courses).
  • Up to two qualified graduate courses, the equivalent of 6 credits, may be transferred from another institution.
  • Guided  by a faculty advisor, students may select a plan of study consisting of:

o   30 credits of graduate courses, or

o   A thesis track  consisting of 21 credits of graduate courses, a three-credit research/investigation course and a six credit thesis


In addition to courses in treatment processes, hydrology and advanced biology and chemistry, MSWREE students can also take classes in Hazardous Waste Management, Sustainability, Storm Water Management, Business Basics for Engineers and more.

A full list of courses and their descriptions is available here.