Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.)

Illinois Tech’s Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering is awarded in recognition of mastery in environmental engineering and upon demonstration of an ability to make substantial creative contributions to knowledge in environmental engineering.

The doctoral recipient will be capable of continuing efforts toward advancement of knowledge and achievement in research while pursuing an academic or industrial career. This degree is recommended for those who expect to engage in a professional career in research, teaching, or technical work of an advanced nature.

Program Overview

This degree is recommended for those who expect to engage in a professional career in research, teaching, or advanced technical work. Students will be prepared to continue efforts toward advancement in research while pursuing academic or industrial careers.

Career Opportunities

Our Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering degree program will prepare you for academic or industrial research careers, such as:

  • Senior project environmental engineer
  • Plant environmental engineer
  • Environmental/water resources engineering faculty position
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As part of the Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering program, research will be conducted under the supervision of a full-time faculty member and students should work to involve all members of their research committee. The preliminary thesis draft and thesis defense must meet the approval of all members of the research committee.

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To be admitted to candidacy, students must pass a qualifying examination, which involves an oral presentation of two research papers selected by the student's adviser. The qualifying examination is administered by a research committee approved by the chairperson. The results of the exam will determine the student's potential for success in the doctoral program.