Engineering (MS)

Joint degree with the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

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    Program Overview

    The joint-degree program equips environmental engineers and environmental managers with the skills and experience needed to address the complex relationship between technology and the environment. Resource depletion, climate change, biodiversity, disease, food supply, and energy are critical societal challenges for the 21st century. Students in the joint program will be well prepared to design and manage engineered and natural systems that address these societal challenges, while considering the complex technical, economic, and sociopolitical systems relationships. 


    Students in the 2 ½ year joint program earn one of two environment degrees: a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) or the Master of Environmental Science (MESc) from the Yale School of the Environment (YSE), and a Master of Science in Engineering (MS) from the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). The program length, while atypical, offers several competitive advantages for graduates’ marketability. Students graduating in December will enter a job market with less competition given the significantly fewer degrees granted on this cycle.

    Course Requirements The joint MEM-MS degree program requires completion of 60 credits (as defined by Yale YSE system) or 20 courses (as defined by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ,GSAS, system) as well as a summer internship and capstone project. The joint MESc-MS degree program requires 60 credits (as defined by Yale YSE system) or 20 courses (as defined by the Yale Graduate School system), with Thesis Research comprising at least 12 credits (equivalent to 4 courses), as well as completion of a Master’s Thesis.

    In addition, all joint-degree students are required to attend three weeks of technical skills training before beginning their studies at YSE. These are hands-on workshops, offered every August, that teach plant identification, ecosystems management, land measurement, and urban ecosystem analysis as well as professional skills, including diversity and inclusion training, quantitative data analysis, data visualization, and environmental communication.


    As with other joint master’s degree programs, students will be required to be independently admitted to both Yale units. Admission to both can occur prior to entry, or admission to a second unit can be applied for during the first year of residence in either program. YSE Admissions | SEAS Admissions

    Financial Aid

    Students pay tuition for three semesters at YSE, and two semesters at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. For more information on applying for financial aid at YSE, please see the YSE financial aid web page. For information on financial aid at SEAS, please see the SEAS (GSAS) financial aid web page. Students must apply for financial aid at each school, and any aid awarded will apply to the semesters in which a student is enrolled at that particular school.

    Contact Info

    School of the Environment
    195 Prospect Street
    New Haven, CT 06511
    Phone: 800-825-0330

    School of Engineering & Applied Science
    17 Hillhouse Avenue  (U.S. Mail: P.O. Box 208292)
    New Haven, CT 06520–8292
    Phone 203–432–4200

    Sample Course Schedule

    Semester 1 – YSE

    • ENV 610 - Perspectives (School of Environment requirement)
    • ENV 840 - Climate Change Policy and Perspectives (School of Environment Specialization Core #1)
    • ENV 642 - Environmental Justice and Climate Change (School of Environment Elective)
    • ENV 615 - Political Ecology (School of Environment Elective)

    Semester 2 – YSE

    • ENV 630 - The Physical Science of Climate Change (School of Environment Specialization Core #2)
    • ENV 635 - Renewable Energy Project Finance (School of Environment Specialization Elective)
    • ENV 814 - Energy Systems Analysis (School of Environment Specialization Elective)
    • ENV 764 - Nature, Rationality, and Moral Politics (School of Environment Elective)

    Semester 3 – SEAS

    • ENAS 641 - Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering (School of Engineering requirement)
    • ENAS 773 - Air Pollution Control (School of Engineering requirement)
    • ENV 712 - Water Management (School of Engineering requirement)
    • ENAS 600 - Computer-Aided Engineering (School of Engineering Elective)

    Semester 4 – SEAS

    • ENAS 642 - Environmental Physicochemical Processes (School of Engineering requirement)
    • ENAS 660 - Green Engineering and Sustainable Design (School of Engineering requirement)
    • ENV 838 - Life Cycle Assessment (School of Engineering requirement)
    • ENAS 940 - Neural Networks and Learning Systems (School of Engineering Elective)

    Semester 5 – YSE

    • ENV 800 - Energy Economics and Policy Analysis (School of Environment Specialization Elective)
    • ENV 878 - Climate and Society: Past to Present (School of Environment Specialization Elective)
    • ENV 743 - Strategic Environmental Communication (School of Environment Elective)
    • ENV 979 - Deep Decarbonization by Sub-national Actors (School of Environment Required Capstone)