Professional Science Master in Environmental Science and Management


The Professional Science Master (PSM) in Environmental Science and Management degree is built on the successful Master of Environmental Management (MEM) degree which has been offered by the department since 1998.  This degree requires the same depth of scientific and environmental management content and skills of the MEM degree, but requires 12 additional credits in “PSM Plus Courses.”  These PSM “Plus Courses” give students knowledge in the discipline of professional management and practices. The objective of this degree is to give students the scientific rigor of the traditional master's degree, knowledge of business practices used in the environmental field and the experience of completing a project with a community partner. A key feature of this degree is the experience garnered by the student while participating in a high quality internship program.

A professional Science Master degree prepares students to effectively contribute to work in: 

  • Environmental Consulting
  • Resource Agencies
  • City, County, and State Government
  • Industry

PSM Curriculum

PSM Program Planning Grid

PSM Core Course List

PSM Plus Course List

Course Planning Guide

To encourage the development of interdisciplinary graduate study, guidelines for course selection are flexible.  Students must complete at least 57 graduate credits. The PSM degree curriculum requires students to complete four core ESM graduate courses (16 credits), three seminar courses (3 credits), one course in advanced statistical analysis (4 credits), three courses in the student's area of concentration that are chosen with the advisor's approval (12 credits), one elective or supporting course (4 credits), a project and practicum (6 credits) and at least four PSM “Plus Courses” (12 credits). 

The curricular requirements for the core courses include one course in physical environmental systems, one course in ecological systems and one course in environmental management. In addition, the PSM student must complete the core course ESM 551 – Project Management for Scientists, 4 credits.

The PSM “Plus Courses” of this degree are focused on business and professional management and practices.  The degree offers a range “Plus Course” in project management, communication, law/policy, and professional ethics.  The student is required to complete at least one course in each of the above topics.

A sample of some of projects and community partners that are associated with this program can be found on the interactive website

Final Project

When an MEM or PSM student finalizes their project write-up, their graduate adviser will upload a copy of the project write-up to the i-drive in the folder:




If for some reason the graduate adviser does not have access or this otherwise doesn't work, then submit the project to the ESM office using

Graduate advisers will also archive any past MEM and PSM student projects from their lab that are not in those i-drive folders.

Advisers will ask their student to submit the project to PDX Scholar by emailing a copy of the project to (curated by Karen Bjork, Head of Digital Initiatives, Students can request an embargo for their work for a period of time, usually one year. The projects will be added to PDXScholar without an embargo unless requested in the email submission. 

Note: The project report must have an Abstract/Executive Summary and list the student name, the adviser's name, and the name of the community partner (and other committee members as appropriate). 

Be sure to email the ESM Chair to request that they submit the DARS Non-Course exception to verify the student is done with their project write-up and presentation. Please include in this email the typical info for a DARS exception (the student's PSU ID#, the degree program (in this case MEM or PSM), and the catalog year to be used (usually the current term or the student's starting term) and also the date of the project presentation and the date of the final paper acceptance. 


PSM/MEM Project Report Signature Page

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