Master of Science in Environmental Sciences

Our environmental science master’s degree takes about two to three years and involves taking courses and performing thesis research (for the standard thesis-track students). The environmental science M.S. track is more structured than the Ph.D. and students’ projects are often part of a larger research program. Although many of our master’s students are contributing new knowledge to the field and the option to do research is not limited, more research productivity is expected of a doctoral student. The environmental science master’s degree is more focused on the thesis research than on publications, but students generally have the opportunity to participate in published work or to publish their own research if they choose. Students complete at least 30 credits of acceptable graduate courses, with at least 18 credits at the 700 level, which includes six thesis credits.

Environmental sciences is a broad field with many different career path choices. Depending on your interests and how you structure your coursework and research, you’ll find a wide range of career options in fields such as the following:

  • Science and health research in county, state and federal agencies
  • National and international regulatory work
  • Consulting and lobbying roles

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Environmental Science Students & Alumni

Read the Environmental Science graduate program handbook.

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