The Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSEV) program at Saint Martin’s University prepares graduates to develop sustainable solutions to complex environmental problems by exploring such areas as: wastewater treatment, solid waste management systems, air and water purification, and environmental protection issues.

Program highlights

The MEV curriculum is adaptable to both seniors, recent graduates and engineers with professional experience. Graduates will emerge with enhanced engineering analysis and design skills tailored to their professional environmental objectives.

Additional benefits include:

  • Faculty with real-world experience in subjects taught
  • Classes held in Cebula Hall (built in 2013) - most environmentally friendly and energy efficient building with LEED Platinum Certification in Western Hemisphere
  • Labs held in the Panowicz Foundry for Innovation (built in 2016)
  • Classes offered in late afternoon or evening to meet working professionals' needs
  • Classes generally scheduled to allow students to complete  program in two to three year period by taking two classes per semester

The MEV program offers many program arrangements, including the following:

  • Five-year BSCE + MSCE program
  • Two-year program
  • Culminating Master’s project or Thesis route
  • Career paths

    The Master of Environmental Engineering program prepares graduates for the following careers:

    • Water treatment engineer
    • Air quality engineer
    • Wastewater treatment facilities manager
    • Environmental cleanups engineer
  • Research opportunities

    The MEV at Saint Martin’s offers many different opportunities for research and internships, including opportunities with different cities, counties and state agencies.

    Potential internship and research agencies include:

    • Washington State Department of
      • Ecology
      • Fish and Wildlife
      • Natural Resources
      • Health
    • Thurston and Pierce counties
    • LOTT Clean Water Alliance
    • Lacey, Olympia, Lakewood and Tacoma engineering departments
  • MEV and MEM dual degree

    Graduate students can pursue jointly, an MEV and a Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree at Saint Martin’s. The student needs to be accepted into both programs. Up to 12 credits of cross-listed or approved courses may be applied to both degrees.


  • CORE requirements (12 semester hours)
    • MEV 581 Environmental Measurements (3)
    • MEV 582 Physicochemical Water and Wastewater Treatment (3)
    • MEV 583 Biochemical Wastewater Treatment (3)
    • MEV 602 Master's Research, Thesis (3) or MEV 600 Master's Special Problems (1-3)
    • MEV 603 Master's Oral Exam (1)
  • Electives

    Thesis option: 18 semester hours
    Non-thesis option: 21 semester hours

    • ​MCE 580 Environmental Laboratory Processes
    • MEV 584 Air Quality Management (3)
    • MEV 585 Hazardous Waste Engineering (3)
    • MEV 586 Environmental Microbiology (3)
    • MCE 570 Solid Waste Engineering (3)
    • MCE 585 Wastewater Systems Design (3)
    • MCE 596 Industrial Waste Engineering (3)
    • MCE 612 Project Management (3)
    • MCE 680 Environmental Engineering (3)