The program consists of 13 courses (two units each) and a master's project (four units) for a total of 30 units. There are four required courses: ecology, environmental chemistry, quantitative methods, and the master's project. Each student — in consultation with a faculty adviser — develops a program of study for the remaining courses that best suits their desires for professional and intellectual development. Students typically take four courses per semester. Classes are offered on Saturdays and weekday evenings to allow students to work full-time while earning their degree.
Students have the option to select an area of concentration within the degree. Concentrations require the completion of five two-unit courses within that particular area, and include:
- Environmental Health and Hazards
- Water Management
- Energy and Climate Change
The Master's Project
The master's project serves as a capstone to the program. The project requires in-depth study of an environmental issue in the student's area of interest and a professional report suitable for critical review. 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 to discuss the progress of their project as well as manuscript preparation. An end-of-project oral presentation is required. This is a fun and formal event with multiple presentations occurring simultaneously.