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Master’s in Environmental Science

Master of Professional Science

Next start date is June 7. No GRE needed and applying is free!!

Using physical and natural science to study the environment

Do you want to take the next step in your education and work toward a career in environmental science? Our Master’s in Environmental Science will prepare you for careers with various public agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Department of Public Health and Environment, as well as opportunities in the private sector with environmental and engineering firms.

Note: Interested applicants in the Master’s in Environmental Science are expected to have previously studied Statistics and Geology, Soil Science, or Earth Science.

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Source: Burning Glass Technologies. “Labor Insight™ Real-Time Labor Market Information Tool.” Updated March 11, 2020.

Who should pursue a Master’s in Environmental Science?

The Master of Professional Science in Environmental Science is aimed at:

  • Recent graduates of science degrees who want a career working for environmental agencies and non-profits
  • Government employees who seek new employment opportunities and promotions
  • Those who want additional skills to advance in their careers
  • Anyone who has a background in Geology, Soil Science, or Earth Science

As a student in the Environmental Science program, you’ll benefit from:

  • 100% online. Environmental Science students who take a full course load can complete the degree requirements in as few as 12 months!
  • World-class faculty experienced in online teaching.
  • Small class sizes allow for personalized attention. That’s something you won’t find at larger, online universities!
  • Affordable and flexible. Take the classes whenever works for you. We offer five start dates per year!
  • Unlike similar programs, no GRE is required.

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Master’s in Environmental Science Degree requirements:

30 credits earned
3.00 minimum cumulative graduate-level grade-point average

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Environmental Science Sample Courses

  • ESCI 605 Water and Soil Resource Management

    This course will cover a range of topics relating to soil and water management, such as basic soil and water interactions, salinity and sodicity issues, soil erosion, chemical transport, and water use efficiency. Processes that degrade soil and water resources (e.g. erosion, salinity, alkalinity and sodicity, as well as acidification, water repellence, and degradation of soil structure) are examined, and their measurement, avoidance and management discussed. Broader issues in soil and water conservation are also covered. 

  • ESCI 610 Environmental Analysis: Atmosphere, Soil, and Water

    This environmental science course covers a broad range of analytical techniques related to soil, air, and water systems. Sample preparation procedures and sampling methods are covered, as are key soil chemical processes, air quality sampling, water sampling, and how they are quantified. The application of techniques is discussed using case studies and environmental problem-solving.  The influence of air, water, and soil pollution on environments locally and globally will be also be discussed.

  • GISC 505 GIS and Remote Sensing for Environmental Solutions

    This course is intended to introduce students to GIS and remote sensing software and tools used to solve real-world environmental problems. Students will learn concepts and data sources and formats used in environmental research they may encounter in careers in envenvironmental science. This course introduces the fundamentals of cartography, photogrammetry, geographic information science, and remote sensing through maps and spatial analysis used to answer various environmental and ecological issues. This course will
    also introduce students to use map and data outputs in the decision-making process that can impact environmental assessments and determinations.

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