Environmental Engineering (EnvE) Graduate Program

Graduate studies in Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University emphasize the understanding of fundamental scientific and engineering principles to manage and solve environmental problems in natural and engineering systems. The instructional program is designed to develop strong analytical, design, and management capabilities in the application of biological, chemical and physical processes. Students are prepared for careers in consulting and design, environmental monitoring and management, or teaching and research. Research focuses on hazardous substances, environmental microbiology, fundamentals of transport processes in the environment, environmental chemistry, and groundwater and surface water resources.

The School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering offers Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (Coursework Only), (MEng), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Environmental Engineering. All programs are tailored to individual student needs and professional goals. A diversity of faculty interests, broadened and reinforced by cooperation between CBEE and other engineering departments and research centers on campus, makes tailored individual programs possible.

Minimum Admission Requirements and Application Process

To become a CBEE graduate student you must be admitted to Oregon State University through both the Graduate School and the School of CBEE. The faculty in CBEE examine the material submitted to determine adequacy of academic background and to decide whether facilities in the School are adequate for the expressed aims of the student. The Graduate School will determine whether the general university conditions for admission have been met. Applicants will be notified by the Graduate School as to the action taken. A critical consideration in the decision is whether the applicant's academic objectives can be satisfactorily fulfilled. CBEE does not have the capacity to accommodate all applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements. Applicants to the school of CBEE graduate program must meet the OSU Graduate School's CBEE minimum admission requirements listed below, and submit a complete application package in order to be considered for admission https://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/admissions/process .

International students interested in the Master of Engineering (MEng) program should apply through Master's International Direct.

Only complete applications will be reviewed and considered for admission.

Application Cycles/Deadlines

CBEE only accepts students for the fall term.  We do not allow admissions for winter or spring terms.

  • Application deadlines for MS and PhD programs: Priority Deadline December 15th, 2023, Final Deadline January 5th, 2024.
  • Applications deadline for MEng program: May 1, 2023.


The School of CBEE application process is highly competitive and we normally make no more than 5 offers of support (assistantships) per year. Applicants with a very strong record and particular aptitude for graduate research may be offered a term by term assistantship which provides a stipend and tuition remission. We cannot guarantee that you will always be awarded funding. These are offered the first of April for the upcoming school year and are chosen from the ACCEPTED applicants. Graduate assistants may work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. If you are not awarded funding you should be prepared to be a self-supporting student. Also, due to the limited number of assistantships available, MEng students are not funded in this manner. Applicants to the School of CBEE do not need to complete a separate application in order to be considered for assistantships. A complete application consists of all the materials listed on the Graduate Application.

Grade Point Average

The School of CBEE requires a four-year baccalaureate degree (or international equivalent), a professional degree, or an appropriate U.S./Canadian alternative degree, from a regionally accredited (US) or recognized (International) college or university, with a cumulative B average (equivalent 3.00 on a U.S. 4.00 grading scale) on the most recent baccalaureate degree or any subsequent graduate degree from a regionally accredited (US) or recognized (International) college or university, plus all work completed thereafter.


The GRE is not required for application/admission into our programs.

Language Proficiency

The CBEE minimum TOEFL is 580 (237 computer, 92-93 iBT with a minimum score of 18 on each section). TOEFL must be less than two years old. The IELTS is accepted as well. The minimum score is 6.5. Language Proficiency tests are not required for US citizens or those who received their undergraduate degree from an English speaking country institution.

Applying for Admission

1. Materials that must be submitted electronically

  • Application for Graduate Admission: online application form Graduate Application. (International students interested in the Master of Engineering (MEng) program should apply through Master's International Direct.)
  • Application Fee by credit card (part of online application)
  • Statement of Objectives: (part of online application)
  • Resume/CV
  • Recommendation Letters: You must provide the names and email addresses of three professional references as part of the degree-specific portion of the online application. The references will be sent instructions on how to submit their letters and you will receive an email with a link to manage those reference requests after submitting the application.
  • TOEFL: You must self-report your scores as part of the online application. You must also request that TOEFL send your scores to OSU. Scores must be no older than 2 years at the time when your graduate studies start.

2. Send the following to the Graduate School:

  • Certification of Finances (International Students only)
  • Transcripts: Upload or mail a photocopy of all official transcripts to Graduate Admissions for application review (grade slips, kiosk and web printable transcripts or reports will not be accepted for use in evaluation) of all previous academic work, undergraduate and graduate.. One official copy of your final transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate School in order to complete the acceptance process. International applicants must provide a certified English translation of their academic transcripts.

Admitted Grad Information

Initial Advising and Registration

Newly admitted graduate students are initially advised on class registration by the Graduate Program Coordinator. You will be outreached to via email during the summer before fall term with guidance on your fall course load.


Register on the web from the link at Student On-Line Services


Registration procedures available at:

Your GAP is your birthday (MM/DD/YY) and then you redefine a more secure GAP by following the menu. Contact the Registrar's Office, (541) 737-4331, 102 Kerr Administration Building, if you forget your GAP. (Graduate students don't need a pin # to register).

Applying for Computer Accounts

ONID https://onid.oregonstate.edu/
ENGR https://it.engineering.oregonstate.edu/get-engr-account

Links to More Information

  • Environmental Engineering Faculty
  • Environmental Engineering Graduate Course List
  • Fellowships and other Funding Sources
  • OSU Graduate Student Profile: Kendra Brown