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Master’s Programs

School of the Environment faculty value the importance of preparing our M.S. graduates to collaborate at the cutting edges of both disciplinary research as well as cross sector scholarship. We provide opportunities for innovative scientific inquiry, and training that supports flexibility and resilience required for work in agencies, consulting and futures in PhD programs. Our students are financially supported through research assistantships and teaching assistantships that cover tuition, health insurance and a living stipend. We also have multiple opportunities for scholarships.

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree under the advisement of one of our faculty members start by visiting their website and contacting them directly.


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M.S. Environmental Science >>

The M.S. degree program for Environmental Science has built-in flexibility for research in ecology, ecosystem science and management, ecological planning, land and water conservation, water quality management, nutrient management, storm water management, and more.

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M.S. Geology >>

The M.S degree program in Geology offers opportunities for research in geochemistry, geophysics, and structure of the Earth; hydro- and biogeology, including biogeochemical cycles, geologic and environmental hazards, and watershed biogeochemistry and hydrology.

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M.S. Natural Resource Science >>

The M.S. degree program in Natural Resource Science focuses on wildlife research and management, conserving endangered species, wildlife habitat and nutrition, aquatic organisms, restoration and conservation.

Your Graduate Experience

Each M.S. program has its own required core courses (a list of these courses may be obtained from your faculty mentor). In consultation with your faculty mentor and graduate committee, you will develop a program of study that outlines the courses that will be required for completion of the degree. You will choose from a variety of graduate and selected undergraduate courses offered in your area of emphasis.

If you are accepted into the graduate program with undergraduate degrees other than Geology, Environmental Science or Natural Resource Sciences and need to complete additional courses to cover deficiencies please note that courses taken to satisfy deficiencies cannot be included in the program of study.



Before first semester registration:

  • Meet with faculty advisor to plan course of study for first semester
  • Attend Graduate School Orientation
  • Attend School of the Environment Orientation
  • Attend TA training if applicable

Before second semester registration:

  • Establish Graduate committee
  • Submit program of study to Graduate School

During last semester

  • Apply for degree
  • At least 14 calendar days before scheduling final examination, submit final draft of thesis to committee members
  • At least 14 calendar days before requested examination or no later than scheduling of final examination

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