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University requirements dictate 30 credit hours for the M.S. degree and 90 credit hours for the Ph.D. degree. 

The ISE Graduate Handbook is intended to assist faculty members and graduate students with operating procedures, policies, and degree requirements for the ISE graduate degrees. 

M.S. Degree
University Requirements:

  • 30 Credit Hours
    • at least 18 credits of graduate course work
    • at least 2 credits of seminar
    • at least 6 credits of thesis
  • ≥ 3.0 cumulative GPA in coursework contributing to degree requirements
  • At least two seminars in residence
  • All accepted international students, for whom English is a second language, are required to take an English-as-a-Second-Language placement exam (LA005) upon their arrival on campus. Recommended ESL courses must be completed. 
  • The ESE degree typically takes 2 years to complete but all work must be completed within five years.

Ph.D. Degree
University Requirements (complete details found in the Clarkson Catalog):

  • 90 credit hours minimum (beyond the B.S.), corresponding to a minimum to three academic years of full-time study, a minimum of nine course credits must be obtained at Clarkson.
    • A master's degree may be acceptable in lieu of a maximum of 30 credit hours of transfer credit. Official transcripts must be provided before transfer credit is awarded.
    • A minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework
    • A minimum of 6 credit hours of seminar
  • All work to be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure is completed.
  • All students must complete the candidacy procedure within two years after admission to the Ph.D. program. A student may have two attempts to pass the candidacy procedure. If a student fails in the first attempt, he/she has two months to make a second attempt. A student who does not complete the candidacy procedure within the time allowed will be dropped from the graduate program.
  • A dissertation must be submitted and defended orally before a committee of five faculty members with at least one member from outside the department of the Thesis Advisor.
  • A student in the Ph.D. program who has not yet completed the candidacy procedure will be called a Ph.D. student. After the procedure has been completed, the student will be called a Ph.D. candidate.

All students (M.S. and Ph.D.) must take at least one course from the following:
EV 532 Risk Analysis
EC 660 Environmental Economics
CE 582 Environmental Systems Analysis
CE 586 Introduction to Industrial Ecology

M.S. students must take a least two courses from at least one of the following course groups, and must take at least three courses in engineering.

Ph.D. students must take at least two courses from at least two of the following course groups for a total of at least 24 credit hours of coursework.

Biology and Ecology
BY 520 Microbiology
BY 525 Biological Systems &Global Environmental Change
BY 531/CE 589 Limnology
BY 620 Evolution
BY 659 Systems Biology
EHS 518 Principles of Toxicology and Epidemiology

Chemistry and Physics
CE 577 Atmospheric Chemistry
CE 580 Environmental Chemistry
CM 509/CM509 Receptor Modeling in Environmental Chemistry
CM 530 Colloids and Interfaces
CM 532 Particle Size Analysis in Dispersions and Other Colloids
CM 552 Aerosol Chemistry
EHS 505 Methods and Analysis

Control Technologies
CE 579 Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes
CE 581 Hazardous Waste Management Engineering
CE 681 Environmental Physico-Chemical Processes
CE 682 Environmental Biological Processes
CE 686 Environmental Engineering Design
ES 534 Air Pollution Control
EHS 506 Industrial Hygiene Control Methods
EHS 581 Advanced Topic in Environmental and Occupational Health

Fluid Mechanics and Transport

EV 535/CE 535 Groundwater Hydrology and Geochemistry
CE 570 Advanced Hydrology
CE 572 Shallow Water Hydrodynamics
CE 573 Sediment Transport
CE 574 Hydrodynamic Dispersion
CE 583 Modeling Natural Aquatic Systems
CE 584 Chemodynamics
CE 576 Hydraulic Engineering in Cold Regions
CE 587 Contaminant Transport in Groundwater
ME 537 Fluids Mechanics of Aerosols Dispersions
ME 538 Experimental Aerosol Mechanics and Instrumentation
ME 637 Particle Transport and Deposition
ES 533 Human Exposure Analysis