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MS Environmental Science

Your two-year MSES program helps you develop expertise as a scientist

The Master of Science degree in Environmental Science program (“MSES”) is for students seeking deeper understanding of the role that field-based science plays in determining economic and political policies that shape northern regions.

As an MSES student, you’ll work closely with Environmental Science Department faculty whose research interests align with yours. Our MSES students represent a wide range of academic disciplines and work experiences – and include successful candidates whose background may not be in science. We’re looking for talented new and recent graduates of four-year programs as well as working adults seeking to advance in the natural sciences.

Most MSES students attend school full time and complete the 48-credit hour program in two years, following a schedule similar to the one shown on the MSES Academics page. The degree is flexible: Part-time students, who typically take longer to complete the degree, are welcome.

After your first year of coursework, plan to devote most of your summer and the second year of coursework to your thesis project.

MSES research and writing demonstrate your development as a working scientist, capable of applying the scientific method to form and answer a novel question in your field. Your MSES thesis is a publishable capstone paper that shows your ability to gather, present and think critically about data.