Graduate Program

Through the Graduate School at Purdue University, The Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering (EEE) offers M.S. (thesis and non-thesis) and Ph.D. degrees. Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before July 31, 2020, for admission in the Fall 2020 semester. This deadline has been extended this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are no admissions for the spring or summer semesters. Questions about the EEE graduate program can be addressed to

Any prospective graduate student with a STEM background will be considered.

Students interested in the program are directed to the following links:

  • The EEE Graduate Program Handbook and related program resources can be found on the link for current Graduate Students.
  • General information about Purdue University’s Graduate School and the link to complete an online application can be found at the Graduate School page.
  • The List of EEE appointed (core) and courtesy faculty members who can advise EEE graduate students can be found at the Core Faculty and Courtesy Faculty pages.

Depending on the interest of the student applicant, students are directed to the following EEE faculty:

Environmental and Ecological Engineering empowers students to serve people and the planet. We prepare graduates for work in academia, industry, consulting, and government, with responsibility ranging from the design of drinking water and wastewater treatment systems, to improving air quality, to fostering sustainable development, and to developing sustainable technologies that conserve natural resources. In 2008 the National Academy of Engineering announced 14 “Grand Challenges of Engineering.” Of these 14 Grand Challenges, 6 are very much related to global environmental issues.

The United States Department of Labor predicts 5% growth in environmental engineering jobs between 2018 and 2028. This growth is similar to other occupations (source). In 2010-2011, 35.5% and 5.0% of the environmental engineering workers (25 years and older) have attained Master’s and Doctoral (or professional) degree, respectively.