Program Details

The M.S. in Environmental Management provides scientific, technical, regulatory, and public policy knowledge across a range of environmental issues. Graduates from the program are able to assess, analyze, and manage a variety of environmental issues from both a theoretical and practical point of view.

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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 four required courses: Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, Quantitative Methods, 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.

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 first- and second-year students and this collaboration is reinforced through an interactive style of teaching. The structure provides the basis for and promotes the development of collegial and professional networks that continue well beyond the program.

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.

Program of Study and Concentrations

Courses and Concentrations
Student have the option to select an area of concentration within the degree.
Concentrations are in:
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Health and Hazards
  • Water Management
  • Energy and Climate Change
If a concentration is selected, it can be accomplished with completion of five 2-unit courses. The courses for each concentration are listed below:

Applied Ecology
Restoration Ecology
Restoration Ecology Lab
Wetland Ecology
Wetland Ecology Lab
Riparian Ecology
Resource Management
Climate Change: Global Processes and Ecological Impacts
Wetland Delineation I
Wetland Delineation II
California Ecosystems
Field Botany
Field Survey Management
Conservation Biology
Special Topics in Ecology (future offerings)

Environmental Health & Hazards
Air Quality Assessment and Management
Environmental Health & Safety
Environmental Health
Environmental Toxicology
Environmental Risk Management
Environmental Risk Assessment
Environmental Engineering I: Contaminant Transport in Water and Air
Environmental Engineering II: Contaminant Transport in Ground Water
Hazardous Waste Engineering
Aquatic Pollution
Water Treatment
Environmental Emergency Management
Solid Waste Management
Special Topics in Environmental Health & Hazards (future offerings)

Water Management
Wetland Ecology
Wetland Ecology Lab
Riparian Ecology
Environmental Engineering I: Contaminant Transport in Water and Air
Environmental Engineering II: Contaminant Transport in Ground Water
Marine Resources
Aquatic Pollution
Water Treatment
Watershed Management
Water Policy
Hydrology & Watersheds
Watershed Monitoring
Special Topics in Water Management (future offerings)

Energy and Climate Change
Air Quality Assessment and Management
Energy Resources and Environment
Climate Change: Global Processes and Ecological Impacts
Climate Change Mitigation
Renewable Energy
Energy Auditing
Green Building
Urban Adaptation to Climate Change
Sustainable Design (4 units, cross-listed with ARCD)
Building Environmental Control Systems (4 units, cross-listed with ARCD)
Special Topics in Energy & Climate Change (future offerings)

Additional Courses Not Specified for an Area of Concentration
Environmental Ethics
Env Policy: Design and Implementation
Environmental Law I
Environmental Law II
Intro Geospatial Analysis
Accelerated Intro to GIS for ENVS
Advanced/Applied GIS
Environmental Accounting
Environmental Economics I
Environmental Economics II - Markets
Resource Economics
Environmental Finance
Sustainable Business
Process of Urban Plan & Design
Instrumental Analysis

Each year the course offerings change. To see the recent course offerings, please look at the Schedules of Classes below.

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 Spring 2015 Schedule of Classes.
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.

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 adviser. 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 is required. This is a fun and formal event with multiple presentations occurring simultaneously.  Click here to see a list of past Master's Project topics. 

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.