Environmental Engineering

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MS in Environmental Engineering
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Agricultural Waste Management
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Non-point Source Pollution Control
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Water Supply

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Bruce Dvorak

Campus Address
N104 Scott Engineering Center
Lincoln NE 68588-6105

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Environmental Engineering

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.

  • Entrance exam(s):
    - Domestic Applicants:  None
    - International Applicants:  GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 80, IELTS 6.5
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Environmental Engineering
  • International Applicants and for Financial Consideration: February 15 for Fall. July 1 for Spring. December 1 for Summer.
  • Otherwise: Rolling admissions with a deadline of one month before the next term. Contact the department for more information.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.


The Departments of Civil Engineering, Biological Systems Engineering, and Chemical Engineering jointly administer an interdisciplinary program leading to a Master of Science in environmental engineering. The program is closely coupled to other areas, particularly in the water environment and natural resources areas. Faculty members in the three departments offer a balance of expertise covering the four major areas of environmental engineering, as sanctioned by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. These include: water supply engineering, wastewater engineering, hazardous waste management engineering, and solid waste management engineering. A fifth area of emphasis in diffuse (non-point) and agricultural waste management engineering is also available.

For program admission, a student must have completed an accredited undergraduate degree in engineering. Students with a bachelor's degree in the physical or biological sciences can be admitted but must complete specified deficiency courses in mathematics and engineering science.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

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David Admiraal

Environmental and Fluvial Hydraulics; Physics of Sediment Transport

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt

Contaminant Fate and Transport; Engineering Properties of Solid Waste

Steven Comfort

Soil and Water Chemistry; Environmental Soil Analysis; Organic Chemicals

Mohamed Dahab

Water Purification and Wastewater Treatment; Risk Management

Bruce Dvorak

Small System Drinking Water Issues; Applied Pollution Prevention

Dean Eisenhauer

Hydrologic and Irrigation Engineering; Infiltration; Overland and Vadose Zone Flow

Thomas Franti

Surface Water Quality Engineering; Surface Water Management

John Gilley

Soil and Water Conservation Engineering; Land Application of Manure; Surface Hydrology and Water Quality

Junke Guo

Sediment Transport; Fluid Mechanics; Hydraulics; Watershed Modeling

Derek Heeren

Variable Rate Irrigation; Deficit Irrigation Strategies; Solute Fate and Transport in Soil and Shallow Squifers

Xu Li

Environmental Biotechnology; Environmental Microbiology

Yusong Li

Fate and Transport of Contaminants; Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology; Groundwater Remediation

Adam Liska

Biofuels; Life Cycle Assessment; Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Soil Carbon Modeling

Amy Millmier Schmidt

Livestock Manure Management; Fate and Transport of Environmental Contaminants

Francisco Munoz-Arriola

Hydroinformatics; Integrated Hydrology; Water Resources; Hydrometeorological and Climate Forecast

John Stansbury

Risk Analysis; Hazardous Waste; Water Resources Engineering

Richard Stowell

Animal Housing Systems; Odor and Gas Emissions; Heat Stress Abatement

Wayne Woldt

Groundwater Engineering and Management; Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment; Odor Management

Tian Zhang

Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Technologies; Biofilm Processes; Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Environmental Engineering.

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