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Prospective Master of Science


A Master in Science (MS) degree requires the student to conduct a research project that demonstrates the ability to formulate a research hypothesis and a study design and prepare a report (thesis) written in a style typical of the scientific literature. The student will develop an in-depth understanding of the scientific literature and learn how to analyze problems, develop research questions, and present the results of their work in the context of the existing literature. The MS course curriculum is similar to that of the Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Professional Science Masters (PSM) degrees.  The primary difference in the degrees is that MS student must conduct a research project and write a thesis rather than a project done in cooperation with a community partner.

A Master of Science degree prepares students for additional research at the doctoral level and work in:

  • Environmental consulting
  • Resource agencies
  • City, county and state government
  • Industry

MS Curriculum

The MS curriculum requires students to complete three core courses (12 credits), three seminar courses (3 credits), one course in advanced statistical analysis (4 credits), three courses in the student's area of concentration (12 credits), two elective or supporting courses (8 credits), and a thesis (6 six credits).   Course selection must be approved by your major professor.

MS Core Course List

MS Program Planning Grid


Admission to the Program

Please click here for instructions on how to apply to the Master of Science program.

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