Environmental Management Program

Program Requirements

  • The program consists of 30 graduate units. Twenty-six of these units are completed through 13 courses (2 units each). The master's project is an additional four graduate units.
  • Students select an appropriate course of study in consultation with a faculty advisor.
  • Students develop their Master's Project as an in-depth study of an environmental issue in their area of interest. The project hones the skills essential to environmental management: problem identification and definition; review, organization and analysis of relevant literature and research; and presentation of justifiable recommendations.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum overall Grade Point Average of 2.7 and a 3.0 GPA in an applicant's major.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent - A two-page statement in which an applicant describes their educational and professional goals and interests in the environmental field.
  • Résumé
  • One semester of college chemistry is required.
  • Additional background in the physical and biological sciences and mathematics is recommended.
  • International students must also submit a Certificate of Finance or other evidence of financial support, and TOEFL score. TOEFL score must be a minimum of 550 for the paper test.

The Curriculum

Each course in the curriculum is 2 units. Students meet with a faculty advisor to select the 13 courses required for the program from the course offerings.

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The Waiver Policy

Incoming students may request a waiver for any of the three required MSEM courses (Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, or Quantitative Methods) if they have already completed substantial coursework in one or more of these areas.  They must submit a short letter summarizing their relevant coursework and provide syllabi from these courses.  MSEM Program faculty will review the request and determine waiver eligibility.