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 (CNBS). Our mission is to prepare leaders, innovative thinkers and planners who can address and solve environmental challenges using interdisciplinary approaches. Because of our campus' location, the emphasis of the program is on the urban environment. The required courses in the natural and social sciences introduce students to the unique problems of environmental analysis, policy and planning. Elective courses allow students the flexibility to meet their specific interests and career goals. Real-world experience is obtained through directed research and internships in government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporations.

Two Tracks Toward MS in Environmental Sciences

Currently, the program is accepting students into the Professional Track. 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.

Potential and current students interested in the Research Track are strongly advised to consult with the Program Coordinator and contact perspective faculty mentors before applying for the research track. 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. 

Career Possibilities

Upon degree completion students often seek employment with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporations, particularly in the areas of:

  • environmental protection and management
  • water, sewer and power-generation utilities
  • analytic laboratories
  • environmental and engineering consulting firms
  • private industry management
  • non-profit organizations