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.

  • We are now accepting applications for admission to the graduate program for Fall 2016, with an application deadline of January 5, 2016.
  • Questions about the EEE graduate program can be addressed to


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

  • The EEE Graduate Program Handbook, which contains all the rules specific to the EEE degree programs can be found at the Graduate Program Handbook page. 
  • 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:

Modern Environmental Engineering:

Ernest (Chip) Blatchley

Brady Hardiman

Inez Hua

Chad Jafvert

Michael Mashtare

Loring (Larry) Nies

Amisha Shah

Andrew Whelton

Zhi (George) Zhou


Sustainable Industrial Systems:

Hua Cai

Abigail Engelberth

John Howarter

Roshanak Nateghi

Shweta Singh

John Sutherland

Fu Zhao


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. 

Job prospects are very good for Environmental and Ecological Engineering Students. The United States Department of Labor predicts 22% growth in environmental engineering jobs over the next decade, leading to the creation of more than 22,000 new jobs in the field of environmental engineering by 2020.  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.