Environmental issues have multiple dimensions involving the natural, social, and physical sciences. In Plymouth State University’s Master of Science (MS) in Environmental Science and Policy graduate degree program, you’ll engage in interdisciplinary, field-based applied research that will prepare you for a career as a scientist or research manager in agencies, non-profit organizations, consulting firms, government, and academia.
Working closely with faculty members who are respected professionals in areas such as forest ecology, plant biology, community planning, hydrology, environmental sociology, and science education your learning experience will prepare you to become an effective communicator of science, give you the skills to address the relationship between science and policy, and make decisions for social and ecological sustainability and resilience.
Plymouth State’s Center for the Environment assists in coordinating the degree program, lending its expertise and knowledge in engaging on- and off-campus partners. These partnerships provide opportunities for you to work with faculty on thesis and research projects, many of which take full advantage of conducting research in northern New England’s lakes and forests, including Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, a premier ecosystem science watershed program.
On campus, the Boyd Science Center, a 76,000 sq. ft. research and learning facility, houses the Environmental Research Laboratory, a GIS laboratory, teaching facilities, student offices, and academic departments.
The curriculum is intended to be highly flexible to meet the needs of individual students. The degree requires a minimum of 30 total credits with six credits for a thesis or research project and 24 course credits, including six credits of field courses. You’ll work with an advisor who will help you to develop your program of study which will include courses in social science, communications, terrestrial science, aquatic science, and the graduate science colloquium series.
With rolling admission, you may start your program during any term and can take up to 12 master’s-level credits before applying. Full-time candidates are encouraged to contact an advisor in advance of applying to explore potential funding opportunities. The priority deadline for funding consideration is January 15. Pursue your degree on a part- or full-time basis; many courses are offered one day per week in the late afternoon or early evening. Financial aid is available to qualified students.
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