M.S. in Environmental Science

Program Mission

The M.S. in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Natural and Behavioral Science (NBS). Our mission is to prepare leaders, thinkers and planners who can address and solve environmental challenges using interdisciplinary approaches. Because of our location, the emphasis of the program is on the urban environment. Core courses in the natural and social sciences introduce students to the unique problems of the urban environment; environmental analysis, policy and planning; and analytical skills. Elective courses allow students the flexibility to meet their specific interests and career goals. Real-world experience is obtained through internships in governmental, non-governmental, or other organizations.

Two Tracks Toward MS in Environmental Sciences

The program currently offers two different tracks for degree completion. The conventional ‘Thesis’ (Research) track is primarily suited for students who want to continue on to doctoral studies and/or pursue careers in the research-related agencies and industry. The ‘Internship’ (Professional) track (i.e., without the thesis option) is primarily aimed for students who want to gain professional experience while pursuing their degree and seek immediate employment after graduating from the program. Currently, the program is only accepting students in the Professional Track. Potential students interested in the Research Track are strongly advised to consult with the Program Coordinator before applying to the program.

Career Possibilities

Employment opportunities are available in government agencies, particularly in the areas of environmental protection and management; water, sewer and power-generation utilities; analytic laboratories; environmental and engineering firms; private industry management; and non-profit organizations.