The purpose of ESM graduate programs is to provide a curriculum that will develop scientists, managers, and educators who are able to analyze and understand environmental systems, predict environmental change and participate in the management of the environment. Each student conducts research and completes a thesis or project; each student develops depth in a specific academic area; and each student develops breadth through a set of core courses that include concepts in physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences.
MS students will to complete lab or field thesis research. MS theses are based on a hypothesis driven research project that addresses an environmental question. Research may consist of field and/or lab research, though frequently it is a combination of both. MS students are advised primarily by a faculty advisor.
MEM students will complete a project with scope and effort similar to a thesis but with more flexibility of topic and design, including in-depth study of an appropriate problem. MEM students conduct a project in collaboration with a community partner (e.g. government agency, non-governmental organization, private sector) that addresses a relevant and timely environmental issue. MEM students are co-advised by a community partner and a faculty advisor.
ESM participates in the joint campus program in environmental sciences, studies, and policy. The joint campus program is a collaborative effort of Portland State, Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon. Students may take appropriate courses at the other participating campuses. Additionally, faculty from the universities will be offering courses on other campuses and serving on graduate committees.