Villanova's Master of Science in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering (MSWREE) program presents an engineering view of these fields, although students with science backgrounds constitute a significant portion of the total enrollment.  

Our Community

Pursuing an engineering master's degree at Villanova is to become part of a close-knit scholarly community. Professors are highly available and engaged in their students' success.

Master's in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering:

  • 50% female
  • 54% part-time
  • Average age: 27
  • Total enrollment: 28

Flexible Options

Most classes are conveniently held in the evenings to allow you to successfully balance work and family while earning your degree. You can participate in class on campus, in real-time (synchronously) via our E-Learning program, or on your own schedule through recorded materials and lectures. Our graduate programs are unique in that you can combine online and on campus options, attending class and participating remotely depending upon your availability and preference. You can also complete your water resources and environmental engineering graduate degree entirely online. Learn more about the opportunities of E-Learning.

Successful Outcomes

Villanova’s Water Resources and Environmental Engineering graduate program alumni work for some of the leading companies in the nation including:


Langan Engineering


Michael Baker International


Philadelphia Water Department



The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has state-of-the-art laboratories supporting Environmental and Water Resources research and teaching.

Covering over 5,000-ft2 space, these laboratories are equipped with the latest analytical instruments including GCs, GC/MS, HPLC/, AA and UV/Vis spectrophotometers, epifluorescent microscope, and real-time PCR.

The University campus serves as a living laboratory for the Villanova Center for Resilient Water Systems and Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP). Our Green infrastructure Stormwater Research Park features many instrumented stormwater control measures on sites that include a green roof, infiltration trench, stormwater wetland, multiple bioretention and bioinfiltration control measures, pervious pavements, bio-swale, and a treatment train.

Ongoing research areas for faculty in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering:

  • Remediation of contaminants in natural and engineered systems
  • Public health microbiology and biological processes for waste management
  • Design and evaluation of barrier systems
  • Stormwater control measures and green infrastructure
  • River dynamics and environmental fluid systems


Joseph Yost
Director of Graduate Studies


George Kokaliaris, EIT, ENV SP, Environmental Engineer, STV, Inc.

"The MSWREE graduate program has had a tremendous impact on my career as a consulting engineer. The program features a wide array of courses that are very relevant to my everyday projects in the civil and environmental engineering industry. Furthermore, the professors do an excellent job engaging both in-class and E-learning students in the lecture discussions. As an E-learning student in New York City, not once have I felt 100 miles away."

George Kokaliaris, EIT, ENV SP, Environmental Engineer, STV, Inc.




Humaira Monowara Jahangiri, graduate of the Master's in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Program.

“Great peers, excellent faculty and unique research scopes.”

Humaira Monowara Jahangiri, Water Resources Engineer, OHM Advisors