Graduate Program Environmental Science and Management PSM

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Environmental Science and Management Professional Science Master's Degree Overview

PSU's Professional Science Master's degree offers the best of both worlds: advanced training in environmental science and management, while simultaneously helping you develop the practical, professional skills you need to be effective leaders.

Our rigorous program provides you with a breadth and depth of knowledge in environmental science and management, a background in business and professional practices, and experience working with a community partner on a real-world issue.

You'll graduate ready to assume high-level management responsibilities for environmental programs in a wide range of organizations, from working with the government or industry.

Degree Details

Environmental Science and Management Professional Science Master's Degree: Why PSU?

With PSU's Professional Science Master's degree, you'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

The curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in physical environmental systems, ecological processes, management of environmental systems, and environmental project management with a set of core courses. You'll also develop quantitative and analytical skills, and gain expertise in an area of your choice.

You'll benefit from learning from experts in the field — our dedicated faculty whose research and publications reflect issues important to the region and state.

The Professional Science Master's degree sets itself apart from our other graduate programs by requiring courses in communications, policy, law and regulations, project management, and professional ethics. Through them, you'll learn how to successfully organize and manage a project, and communicate and interact with community partners and other stakeholders.

With your internship and project, you'll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world settings by working closely with a community partner and advisor to tackle an environmental problem. Past projects have ranged from a review and recommendations of statewide wetland policies to recommendations for a site-specific restoration.

You'll graduate ready to address relevant, urgent environmental challenges.

What can I do with a professional science master's degree in Environmental Science and Management?

PSU's Professional Science Master's degree equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to develop sustainable solutions that balance economic, health, and social interests as continued population growth puts more pressure on the environment.

Our graduates are in high demand for a range of environmental jobs, including:

  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental science manager
  • Environmental consultant
  • EPA project manager
  • Environmental Plan Review project manager
  • Restoration specialist
  • Watershed specialist


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
  • PSM "Plus" Courses

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 543 Global Environmental Economics
  • ESM 570 Methods for Informal Environmental Education
  • ESM 580 Coastal and Marine Ecology
  • ESM 583 Marine Conservation & Management
  • ESM 544 Forest Ecology
  • ESM 518 Landscape Ecology
  • ESM 552 Environmental Regulations & Non-regulatory Approaches
  • ESM 556Advanced Science Communication Skill


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

Portland State University's PSM program is recognized by the National Professional Science Master's Association.