The world needs you to preserve biodiversity, work for environmental justice, reinvigorate science education, guide communities in planning for climate change, and promote sustainable practices in organizations, schools, and businesses. As a team of passionate advocates, educators, and mentors, this is our mission and commitment to our students. Our Master of Science will help you become part of the next generation of environmental leaders working towards a more sustainable, healthy future.
Our faculty are committed, first and foremost, to creating great learning opportunities. Student-centered experiential learning is an important part of our curriculum identity. You’ll find our faculty working alongside students in the field and in the classroom, digging soil pits, mapping forest composition, tracking wildlife, writing regulatory policies, developing advocacy campaigns, and teaching.
Master of Science in Environmental Studies (42 credits)
The Master of Science in Environmental Studies is a 42-credit program that can be completed in five semesters. A minimum of 6 credits of appropriate professional internships are also required as well as a capstone requirement in the form of a master’s project, thesis, internship, or collaborative service initiative.
Students in all concentrations select three (9 credits) out of the following four core courses. These courses provide the interdisciplinary foundation for understanding and addressing contemporary environmental issues.
- Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
- Leadership for Change
- Earth Systems and Climate Change
- Political Economy and Sustainability
Concentration courses provide the conceptual and theoretical foundations in your program concentration, and methods courses (18 credits; 9 credits for Science Teacher Certification) provide an opportunity to develop a customized skill set that is relevant to your experience and career goals. Additional coursework includes six (6) credits of field internship placements with organizations, and/or conducting thesis research, and a capstone project.
Integrate and apply your course and internship learning through one of four options: an interdisciplinary collaborative capstone project, an individual master’s project, an individual master’s thesis, or an individual capstone internship.
International Service Program
Combine your MS in Environmental Studies with Peace Corps service. Through the International Service Program, you can earn credit for your service, apply what you are learning to create positive change across the world, and save thousands of dollars on your degree.
Master of Science in Environmental Studies with Professional Science Master’s Designation (42 credits)
Students in AUNE’s Environmental Studies Master’s of Science (ESMS) program or the Resource Management and Conservation MS program can choose to follow the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) study track or the non-PSM study track. ESMS students who wish to graduate with the Professional Science Master’s-recognized Master’s degree must meet all requirements of their concentration in the ESMS program, including two 3-credit internships. Learn more at the Professional Science Master’s website. Students on a PSM-recognized Master’s track must also meet these additional requirements within their 42-credit degree program:
Eighteen (18) credits of science and math, made up of:
- Two required Core science courses: Earth Systems and Climate Change, and Community Ecology of the New England Landscape
- One of two research skills courses: Qualitative and Quantitative Research Design Techniques, or Biostatistics
- Nine (9) additional credits of science and math
Graduates of our MS in Environmental Studies program are employed in every sector of environmental work, from private consulting and regulatory enforcement to education, leadership, government, advocacy, and the arts.