Why earn a Ph.D. in environmental engineering at UND?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 28* | Aug. 1
Sept. 15* | Dec. 1

*Priority deadline

Protecting the environment is a challenge that spans industries and disciplines. UND's Environmental Engineering program is linked to other programs in the College of Engineering & Mines, including our Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, Petroleum, Geological Engineering & Energy Engineering programs. In addition, we work closely with industry, businesses and communities to develop new technologies, solve infrastructure-related problems and develop new technologies.

You'll become a proficient researcher, working with talented faculty whose research interests include air quality; greenhouse gas capture and sequestration; ground water; flaring of stranded gas and in general, the responsible and economical use of natural resources.

As a Ph.D. candidate, you'll complete an oral exam, present an annual progress report outlining your research, and defend a dissertation.

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering at UND

  • The Ph.D. program is offered through UND's Institute for Energy Studies (IES). This multidisciplinary institute is focused on training a generation of energy experts who will develop energy technologies that are economically competitive, reliable, sustainable and politically and environmentally acceptable.

  • Faculty relationships with a wide variety of industries, municipalities, consulting firms, government agencies and research-funding organizations provide opportunities for your own research and collaboration.

  • Participate in ongoing research opportunities at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), which work with state, federal and industry clients to solve energy and environmental needs.

  • Gain access to on-campus laboratory facilities including the multi-disciplinary Environmental Analytical Research Laboratory (Leonard Hall), Civil Engineering Environmental and Hydraulics Laboratories, and Chemical Engineering Laboratories.

  • Flexible research options allow online students to choose projects relevant to their current job.

Careers in Environmental Engineering 


2016 median salary for an environmental engineer*

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Rank of "environmental engineer" on list of best engineering jobs in 2017, based on factors including salary, employment demand, work-life balance and more


Environmental engineers play a key role in protecting air, water and soil quality and providing solutions to remediate impacts from emissions sources. Ph.D. graduates will be prepared for careers in government, academia, or industries including:

  • Recycling
  • Waste disposal
  • Water and air pollution control
  • Pipeline operations
  • Data science
  • Consulting

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