The Environmental Science and Management (ESM) graduate program provides a curriculum that will develop scientists and managers 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 systems, ecological systems and management. Areas of primary specialization are terrestrial, urban and aquatic ecology as they relate to human impacts and management. ESM offers the Masters of Science (MS), the Masters of Environmental Management (MEM), and the Professional Science Masters (PSM) degrees. The Department also participates in the Earth, Environment, & Society Ph.D. degree.
The following procedures are designed to assure that the student is qualified to pursue both the program itself and a successful career in environmental science and management.
Master of Science, Master of Environmental Management, and Professional Science Masters
In addition to the instructions for admission to the university graduate program, ESM master’s programs require the following information from each applicant.
- Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude test. A satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international students.
- Three letters of evaluation from persons qualified to assess the applicant’s promise as a graduate student.
- Evidence of undergraduate or graduate coursework in biology, chemistry, statistics, physics, and mathematics (including differential and integral calculus) approximately equivalent to the foundation course requirements for undergraduate students in environmental science or environmental studies.
- One official transcript from every college or university attended, including junior colleges and community colleges.
- Statement of Interest.
- Current resume or CV.
- Identification of advisers.
Prospective students should contact the program for a statement of current admission policy. A high GPA and acceptable GRE scores do not guarantee admission to master’s programs in Environmental Science and Management; admission is contingent on the availability of department resources and the identification of an appropriate adviser for each student.