Change your world, earn your degree.

‘I was very fortunate to work on a cooperative study with the National Park Service on Denali.  MSES offers a great platform to conduct unique environmental studies.’ – Katelyn Goodwin, MSES’11, environmental scientist/hydrologist

Your MSES degree is project-based learning for deeper understanding of field-based science and the role it plays in policies that shape northern regions. Expect to work closely with faculty who share your research interests and double as mentors.

MSES attracts students from a range of fields, not all of them in science. It’s right for recent graduates or working adults seeking to apply research, writing and the scientific method to answer novel questions.

Following coursework that includes developing a research proposal, look forward to your Master’s Fellowship – a guaranteed tuition waiver covering eight units of your thesis research credits.

You’ll graduate with relevant knowledge for doctoral studies as well as careers in public and private agencies, and advocacy and consulting firms.

Graduate Student Handbook

MSES is your next step as a scientist

Intentionally small class sizes are perfect for students seeking to work with faculty on real-world projects. MSES partnerships position you for interdisciplinary thesis topics that can lead to internships and career advancement.

Our graduates form a network that spans Alaska and beyond. They include

  • a watershed scientist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • a glaciologist with the U.S. Geological Survey
  • successful doctorates from programs like Lehigh University and Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

Kelly Melillo tells about her dolphin research off Bimini

‘MSES allowed me to pursue my thesis while developing strong field work, data analysis and scientific writing skills.’ – Kelly Melillo, MSES ’08, Bimini research manager, Dolphin Communication Project




Application Date Requirements

June 1 for Fall, November 1 for Spring


Are you interested in the workings of the natural world? How glaciers are formed? How marine mammals dive to the depths? How fisheries are managed? The impacts of climate change? How natural resources are managed?  Then you’ve come to the right place! The APU Environmental Science department has the majors that will help you address the most pressing questions in Earth Science, Marine Biology, and Environmental Science in the 21st century.

Environmental Science Department