The Program

The M.S. in Environmental Management provides the necessary background knowledge and skills for analyzing, assessing and managing a wide range of environmental issues, as well as determining solutions to specific problems.

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The program consists of 13 courses (2 units each) and a Master's Project (4 units) for a total of 30 units. There are three required courses: Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, and the Master's Project. Students typically take four courses per semester, two at a time. This schedule allows students to work full time during their studies, with classes offered on Saturdays and weekday evenings.

Program of Study

Courses and Descriptions

The number of course offerings expands each year, as the interests of students and faculty evolve. Students select courses and design their Master's Project in consultation with a faculty adviser. Each student develops a program of study that best builds the skills, knowledge and expertise that the student desires for personal, intellectual and professional development.

Courses provide scientific, technical, regulatory, and public policy knowledge across a range of environmental issues, and graduates from the program are able to analyze, assess, and manage a wide range of environmental issues from both a theoretical and practical point of view. Course topics include:
  • Water and air quality
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Solid and hazardous waste management
  • Human and environmental health
  • Resources use and sustainability
  • Ecosystem management and restoration
  • Global climate change
  • Risk assessment and risk management
Each year the course offerings change. To see the recent course offerings, please look at the Schedules of Classes below. To view a list of some of the Environmental Management graduate courses that are offered on a rotating basis, please click here.

Course Structure

In addition to lectures, and class discussions and projects, the program provides relevant internet support and generous opportunities for interaction and consultation with faculty, as well as small study groups with other students.

Most MSEM students enter the program with some professional experience in the field of environmental management, and they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the classroom. The course structure allows collaboration between both our first- and second-year students thereby providing the opportunity to learn from one another throughout the program, and this collaboration is reinforced through an interactive style of teaching. The structure also provides the basis for and promotes the development of collegial and professional networks that continue well beyond the program.

Schedule of Classes

The Environmental Management program schedule allows students to continue in, or seek, full-time employment while pursuing their graduate degree. Most classes in the program are offered on Saturdays. Additional courses are offered on weekday evenings and occasionally on weekday afternoons. Most students finish the program in two years, but there is flexibility if a student needs additional time.

Click here to see the Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes.  Click here to see the Spring 2014 Schedule of Classes. Click here to see the Fall 2013 Schedule of Classes.  Please click here to see the Spring 2013 Schedule of Classes.

The Master's Project

The Master's Project serves as a capstone to the program. It provides experience in researching and reviewing a large body of information on a specific topic and in presenting the findings in a document suitable for critical review. The project requires in-depth study of an environmental issue or problem in the student's area of interest and written as a professional report. A thesis option is available.

Each student designs and develops their Master's Project in consultation with their advisor. Students also meet in small groups, by arrangement, to discuss the progress of their Master's Project and to consider issues related to manuscript preparation. An end-of-project oral presentation may be required. Please click here for the titles of the spring 2013 Master's projects. Please click here for the titles of previous years' projects.

For examples of Master's projects, please visit the USF library repository.

MSEM/MBA Dual Degree Program

The M.S. in Environmental Management/MBA dual degree program is designed for students interested in both developing business management skills and environmental management skills. Awarded by the USF College of Arts and Sciences and the USF School of Management, the Environmental Management/MBA program provides a cost and time savings of up to 12 units.

For more information on the Dual Degree Program please click here.