Environmental Science & Policy
Master of Science
The MS in Environmental Science and Policy is designed to expand students’ understanding of the natural, social and physical dimensions of environmental issues. Students work with faculty members in areas such as watershed systems, climate change, conservation science, and land use planning to learn about the relationship between science and policy. Our multidisciplinary approach helps students develop the ability to think analytically and creatively about environmental issues in order to understand the scientific basis of environmental problems, as well as the social, political and economic factors that shape appropriate management and policy responses.
The program is intended to be flexible to meet the varied needs of individual students. Although most students are full time, we welcome students interested in taking classes for professional development. Up to 12 credits can be taken without matriculating in the program. Depending on availability, full-time graduate students may be eligible to receive graduate assistantships, which include a stipend and tuition benefits. Contact the program coordinator for more information about funding opportunities.
Students are required to complete 30 credits, including two required core courses (Watershed Systems and Environmental Law, Policy, and Management) and at least one skill-building course. Students are also required to engage in a research project as part of their program and will work closely with their research advisor and committee.
We invite all students interested in environmental science and policy to apply. Students seeking admission should have training in the basic sciences, social sciences, and calculus and/or statistics. Our strongest students have course work in multiple areas including general biology, ecology or biogeography, physical geography or geology, physics, chemistry, sociology or anthropology, calculus, and statistics. Students lacking coursework in multiple areas may be admitted conditionally and take additional courses to ensure solid training in the discipline. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty and the program coordinator to identify a prospective advisor during the application phase.
Summer & Fall Registration Opens April 13
Preview course schedule starting March 27
Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!
Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Browse and Register for Courses” option on the left side. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.
Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.
New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to email@example.com or faxed to 603-535-2724.
Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.
“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.
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INQUIRE – Complete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.
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Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.
Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.
- Dr. June Hammond-Rowan, 603-535-3218 or June Hammond-Rowan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information
Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.
Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.