Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering is an online engineering master's degree that will educate and prepare the future leaders in environmentally related fields. Minimum state requirements for admission to conditional classified standing in the program include:

  • A baccalaureate from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for engineering majors and 3.0 for non-engineering majors. If this requirement is not met, then the last 60 semester units attempted will be reviewed as documented by two official copies of transcripts from all higher education institutions attended.
  • Good standing at the last college attended.


To apply:
1. Complete the online application via Cal State Apply. 
2. Submit official transcripts (and TOEFL/IELTS scores if applicable) to the ECS Graduate Admissions Office:

ECS Admissions 
College of Engineering and Computer Science 
California State University, Fullerton 
P.O. Box 6870 
Fullerton, CA 92834-6870


The Office of Graduate Studies has developed a Cal State Apply tutorial video that shows how to fill out the application and opt-out of the transcript, standardized test,  and supporting information sections.

Deficiency courses:
Students with non-engineering baccalaureate degrees will be considered if they have completed the following:

1) mathematics through differential equations (MATH 150A and MATH 150B)
2) two semesters of college chemistry
3) two semesters of calculus-based physics (PHYS 225 and PHYS 226)
4) fluid mechanics **
5) one undergraduate-level environmental engineering course **

These deficiency courses may be taken concurrently while conditionally admitted into the program and may be taken at another institution. 

**Course will be waived upon completion of EGCE 570 and EGCE 571 with a B or above.

For additional admission information please visit the ECS Graduate Admissions page.

Program Completion Requirements

Continuation and completion of the program requires:

  • Registration, attendance, and successful completion of the virtual initial orientation and midpoint symposium.
  • If circumstances force a student to fall out of the original cohort schedule, the student will be permitted to continue in the program, but will default to the next cohort cycle, provided the student remains in good standing.
  • Accessibility issues – Special accommodations for disabled students will be made on an individual student, as needed basis in compliance with the CSUF Catalog (online catalog at Disability Support ServicesOpens in new window ). Please contact the instructor and the program coordinator if this applies to you.
  • Continuous enrollment in the program is required. There is a five-year completion time limit for the degree. For more information on the campus’ continuous enrollment and leaves of absence, consult Academic Programs at Graduate Enrollment PoliciesOpens in new window
  • There is a student distance fee of $33 per unit for all the online courses offered by the CEE department.

Study Plan Requirements

The study plan consists of thirty (30) semester units of coursework that must be completed with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0.

  • Core Environmental Engineering Classes (12 units)
    • EGCE 570 Fate and Transport of Chemicals in the Environment
    • EGCE 571 Hydraulics and Hydrology for Environmental Engineers
    • EGCE 572 Water Supply, Treatment, and System Design
    • EGCE 573 Environmental Engineering Practices and Project Management
  • Environmental Engineering Applications Classes (15 units)
    • EGCE 581 Remediation of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater
    • EGCE 582 Wastewater Treatment and Water Reclamation
    • EGCE 583 Air Pollution Control Engineering
    • EGCE 546 Surface Water Pollution and Control
    • EGCE 515 Solid Waste Management, System Design, and Sustainability
  • Capstone Research Project (3 units)
    • EGCE 597 Graduate Project

The structure of this MS_ENVE program is based on a cohort model. Detailed Description of each subject is provided an the  courses page.