Matthew Bentley"The EVEN faculty are of the highest quality, and I feel that I have gained the necessary knowledge, skills, and professional experience to pursue a career in global environmental engineering."
Matthew Bentley, 2020 PhD EVEN and Mortenson Center in Global Engineering graduate.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Environmental Engineering, CU Boulder.


The requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering are:

  1. Satisfactory completion of a preliminary examination, based on M.S. degree-level course work in Environmental Engineering topics. Each doctoral student shall take a Preliminary Examination as determined by the faculty of the specialty area in which the student is enrolled, normally not later than 12 months from the time the student is first enrolled in the Doctoral Program. The student must pass this examination in order to continue in the Doctoral Program.
  2. Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive examination to defend the Ph.D. thesis proposal.
    The Comprehensive Examination shall consist of a written and an oral examination. The exam may not be attempted until the student's last semester of formal course work. At the Comprehensive Examination, the student shall present a plan for the dissertation research to the Advisory Committee for approval. Failure to pass the Comprehensive Examination may be remedied by repeating the examination after an interval of not less than four months.
  3. A minimum of thirty semester hours of relevant graduate-level courses must be completed. MS graduates from our program may transfer up to thirty semester hours of relevant graduate-level courses, pending program approval. However, all doctoral students must have completed the Environmental Engineering core courses (6 hours), and a quantitative analysis class (3 hours, satisfied by CVEN 5537, CVEN 5454, MCEN 5020 or a similar graduate-level class).  Coursework must be completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  4. A minimum of thirty semester hours of dissertation work.
  5. Four semesters of Environmental Engineering graduate seminar, a non-credit seminar requiring attendance at 2/3 of the seminars each semester for satisfactory completion.
  6. Satisfactory completion and defense of a Ph.D. thesis under the supervision of a research advisor who is a member of the Environmental Engineering faculty. 

Leigh TerryFor students from another institution, up to 21 semester hours of graduate course work taken at the MS level may be transferred or applied to meet the 30-hour course requirement for the Ph.D.  Courses transferred or applied must be relevant to the Ph.D. degree, follow the rules established by the Graduate School for transfer credit, and their acceptance is at the discretion of the Environmental Engineering faculty.