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Program Requirements

Each Master of Science in Environmental Science graduate is required to:

  • Successfully complete six required courses, two elective courses, and two research seminars.
  • Successfully design a thesis proposal and complete an individually designed research thesis.
  • Submit MSES thesis committee approval form to the Registrar’s Office prior to graduation.

Required Courses

  • ES 60100 – Research Methods (4)
  • ES 60200 – Quantitative Methods (4)
  • ES 68900 – Thesis Proposal (0)
  • Two semesters of ES 69000 – Graduate Seminar (6)
  • ES 69900 – Thesis Research (12) **
  • Two elective courses (8) *
  • Four menu courses, with at least one each from the science and policy menus (16)

Minimum Graduation Credit Hour Requirement: 48

*Eight units of elective credit may include any combination of 600-level APU courses, graduate courses from other institutions, and upper division undergraduate coursework approved by the student’s advisor and MSES Program Director in advance of enrollment.

**Upon successful completion of a Thesis Proposal, every MSES student is guaranteed an eight (8) unit Masters Fellowship applicable to ES 69900. This guaranteed fellowship waives (8) credits in graduate tuition cost.

Science Menu

  • ES 60000 – Tropical Ecology (4)
  • ES 62000 – Environmental Geology (4)
  • ES 62200 – Geomorphology (4)
  • ES 62600 – Earth Materials (4)
  • ES 63000 – Conservation Biology (4)
  • ES 64000 – Coastal Ecosystems (4)
  • ES 64200 – Coral Reef Ecology (4)
  • ES 65500 – Climate Change (4)
  • ES 66300 – Introduction to Remote Sensing (4)
  • ES 67500 – Environmental Chemistry (4)

Policy Menu

  • ES 60500 – Environmental Ethics (4)
  • ES 60700 – Water Resources Management (4)
  • ES 60900 – Global Resources and International Conservation (4)
  • ES 61000 – Environmental Assessment: Case Studies (4)
  • ES 61700 – Environmental Justice: Politics and Poetics (4)
  • ES 63500 – Environmental Law (4)
  • ES 63700 – Marine Policy (4)
  • ES 65000 – Human Impacts in Marine Systems (4)

 

Application Deadlines

With rare exceptions, we expect students to begin the MSES Program in the Fall semester. Deadlines are as follows:

  • Priority deadline for Fall semester—February 15 (by meeting this deadline, applicants receive first consideration for admission and are eligible for graduate assistantships)
  • Final deadline for Fall semester—June 1
  • Final deadline for Spring Semester—November 1