M.A. in Environmental Studies

Graduate Program Coodinator:   Ed Weber

Program Advisor:  Dr. Andy Bach

The MA degree in Environmental Studies prepares students to address complex environmental problems using a highly interdisciplinary approach. The program prepares students in the analysis, development, conservation, and management frameworks of environmental resources for careers in business, government, planning, consulting, teaching, and research.

Program specializations include:

  • Environmental Policy. Emphasizes environmental policy and especially the ecological, economic, political, and social factors which affect environmental governance processes.
    • Faculty advisors include Troy D. Abel, Kate DarbyJean Melious, Mark Neff, and Grace Wang.
      • The major research programs led by these faculty include: environmental justice, energy studies, science and environmental decision-making, and human dimensions of natural resource management.


  • 4-year degree in Environmental Studies or related fields
    • Students with degrees in fields other than Environmental Studies will be considered but must acquire background, under advisement, through coursework or other approved methods.
  • Plan for completion of any outstanding prerequisites must be described in the statement of purpose.
  • Specific test requirements: GRE-general test.

Program Requirements (45 credits minimum)

  • Core Requirements (19 credits)

    • ENVS 501-Research and Projects in Environmental Studies (3-credits)

    • ENVS 502-Environmental Research and Projects Frameworks (3-credits)

    • ENVS 503-Communicating Research Results  (1-credit)

    • Choose:   ENVS 690-Thesis (12-credits) or ENVS 691-Field Project (12-credits)

  • Elective courses selected under advisement to total 45 credits

    • A maximum of 10 credits of approved 400-level work may be included in the program

    • A maximum of 4 elective credits of ENVS 595-Teaching Practicum, may be used towards this degree


  • Generally admitted during fall quarter only
    • Admission for subsequent quarters will be considered on a space-available basis  
  • Applicants must include a statement of purpose
  • GRE Test is mandatory
    • There is no minimum score requirement