Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science

The MS in Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary program focused on understanding and developing solutions for environmental problems. Students can focus their studies in areas such as ecology, biodiversity, conservation, environmental assessment or paleoecology-geology.

General Requirements

The MS program can be pursued by either full-time or part-time students. While the majority of MS students pursue a non-thesis option, a MS with thesis option is available. The non-thesis option is solely course-based and requires 45 credits of coursework, of which 6 credits may be research. Most courses carry 3 credits each.

Students who pursue the MS with thesis option complete their coursework requirements as well as an original research project mentored by a departmental faculty member. Students must be formally accepted into the research program of a faculty member to enroll in the MS with thesis program. In some instances, faculty members can act as co-mentors if students are able to perform MS thesis research in their place of employment. Those preparing a thesis must complete 45 credits (of which up to 12 credits may be research credit).

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Degree Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course Descriptions

Graduate Handbook

For information on course scheduling or waiving specific course requirements, please contact the graduate advisor:

Susan Cole