Graduate Program Environmental Management

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Environmental Management Master's Degree Overview

Invest in your future career in environmental management with a Master’s in Environmental Management. Our program provides you with the broad knowledge necessary to engage in the environmental challenges of today and the future while gaining the depth and real-world experience required to offer expertise. PSU's Masters in Environmental Management degree prepares you for a high-demand, rewarding career analyzing and managing natural environments for human benefit and ecosystem health.

A graduate environmental management degree helps you advance your career and make an impact with organizations ranging from federal and state resource management agencies to environmental consulting firms and industry.

Degree Details

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    Delivery Method
    On campus
    Total Credits
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Environmental Management Master's Degree: Why PSU?

An essential part of PSU's Masters in Environmental Management degree is applying your knowledge and skills to a real environmental problem or issue — a project that can take between six and 12 months.

Working closely with a local agency or organization and with the support of your faculty advisor, you'll identify a problem, formulate and propose a project, complete the scope of work, and document and present the results.

Projects are geared to meet the needs of the community partner and can range from addressing basic or applied research questions, identifying best practices, or making site-specific management recommendations.

Our students have worked with the City of Gresham's Environmental Services, Columbia Riverkeeper, Gifford Pinchot Task Force, Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services, Sandy River Basin Watershed Council, Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District, Tualatin Watershed Council, The Freshwater Trust, and Community Environmental Services.

We also offer a weekly seminar series that connects you with environmental professionals working in the field.

You'll graduate with the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to hit the ground running.

What can I do with a Master's degree in Environmental Management?

With continued population growth putting more pressure on the environment and the public becoming more environmentally conscious, employment for environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Join our alumni, who have gone on to work in critically important jobs with federal and state resource agencies, federal and state regulatory agencies, city and county governments, non-governmental organizations, environmental consulting firms, and industry.


Core courses (one from each core area and selected from program list and ESM 551):

  • ESM 507 Speakers Series Seminar repeated 3 times, 1 credit per term
    • Quantitative analysis (selected from program list)
    • Area of concentration
  • Elective and supporting courses
  • ESM 509 Practicum
  • ESM 506 Project

Featured Courses

  • ESM 551 Project Management for Scientists
  • ESM 563 Water Quality Policy & Management
  • ESM 533 Natural Resource Policy & Management
  • ESM 529 Environmental Impact Assessment
  • ESM 587 Environmental Justice
  • ESM 528 Urban Ecology
  • ESM 560 Air Quality
  • ESM 580 Coastal and Marine Ecology
  • ESM 583 Marine Conservation & Management
  • ESM 585 Ecology and Management of Bioinvasions
  • ESM 544 Forest Ecology
  • ESM 518 Landscape Ecology


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

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