Certificate in Environmental Engineering

Gain greater depth within environmental engineering

The certificate in environmental engineering is designed to allow engineers from a variety of disciplines the ability to expand their depth and breadth of knowledge to solve complex environmental engineering problems to protect public health and the environment. Students will gain a greater technical understanding of problems associated with air, land and water resources. 

The certificate program is designed for practicing engineers and can be completed part time in two years, or as quickly as one year.



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Topic Areas

  • Air pollution emissions inventory, permitting and control
  • Storm water management
  • Hydrology and water resources engineering
  • Water treatment technologies
  • Water resource recovery facilities (i.e., wastewater treatment facilities)
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Industrial waste management and biological treatment
  • Sustainable and resilient infrastructure planning and design

Additional Program Highlights


Students can achieve their professional goals with great autonomy by selecting courses that help them achieve this goal.

Industry focused.

The certificate has been designed with input from a wide range of industry partners.

Expert faculty.

Learn from our expert faculty in the Water Quality Center, which brings together researchers, industries, government agencies, private foundations and others to solve problems.

Depth and breadth.

The program allows engineers from a variety of disciplines to expand their depth of knowledge within the environmental engineering subdivision as recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES).

Beyond technical expertise, students will also have the opportunity to develop essential skills around leadership, communication and business fundamentals that will help them to succeed as they continue to advance in their professional careers.


With increasing pressures on natural resources, environmental engineers are in demand. Our location in Milwaukee puts students in the heart of both air quality and water resource work.

No GRE needed. Candidates should have a 3.0 GPA overall or in upper level engineering courses (whichever is advantageous to the candidate) or 1-year work experience with approval from program director.  

Learning Outcomes

The knowledge and skills gained in course offerings, students will be able to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of the built and natural environment. This will include resource management, pollution control, waste and hazardous material disposal, health and safety protection, conservation, and requirements for protection of special materials and related work environments. 

  1. Analyze complex environmental challenges with potential impacts on public health, ecosystems and the environment.
  2. Integrate advanced concepts, modern engineering tools and best practices to design technologically and socially appropriate solutions.
  3. Communicate and effectively explain environmental problems and proposed solutions to a wide range of stakeholders.
  4. Reflect on the contributions of each course to achieve desired professional growth, including the technological, social, financial and environmental impact of the student’s work.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program are likely to find positions in a wide range of organizations across industries, including:

  • Governmental agencies
  • Municipal engineering departments
  • Consulting engineer companies
  • Construction companies

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Application Deadline

This program has rolling admission, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions- August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
  • Spring term admissions- December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)

These are the dates your application must be complete and all required documentation must be received in the Graduate School by these dates.

However, applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based financial aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) should be aware of the merit-based financial aid deadlines by which all applicant materials must be received by the Graduate School:

  • Fall (August) Term: February 15
  • Spring (January) Term: November 15
  • Summer (May) Term: April 15

Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Copies of all college/university transcripts except those from Marquette.1
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's suitability for completing graduate-level course work: one from a professor familiar with the student's academic achievement and one from a work supervisor (engineer) or another professor. Waived if the applicant's GPA is 3.000 or above.
  • Statement of purpose, describing reasons for pursuing an advanced degree and career goals.
  • (For international applicants only) a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.



Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.