Environmental Science & Policy
Master of Science
The program is intended to be flexible to meet the varied needs of individual students. Although most students are full time, our program is designed to accommodate part-time students and students interested in taking courses 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.
The Center for the Environment helps facilitate this degree program along with PSU’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy. The department oversees the curriculum and offers student support. Center lends its expertise and knowledge in engaging on- and off-campus partners, providing opportunities for students to work on research projects.
Students will complete the 30-credit master’s degree by completing the following requirements and will work with their advisor to develop and conduct their research project.
ESP Core Component – 6 credits
Integrative Skills Component (choose one course) – 3 credits
|ESP 5450 Environmental Outreach and Communication||3|
|ESP 5530 Science Based Research Design and Data Visualization||3|
Elective Component (choose from the list below) – 15-18 credits
|ESP 5040 Environmental Consulting||3|
|ESP 5050 Earth Surface Dynamics||3|
|ESP 5060 Ecological Economics||3|
|ESP 5070 Decision Making in Natural Resource Management||3|
|ESP 5080 Soils and Environmental Change||3|
|ESP 5090 Environmental Chemistry||3|
|ESP 5160 Land Conservation Techniques||3|
|ESP 5210 Forest Ecosystems||3|
|ESP 5320 Watershed Hydrology||3|
|ESP 5500 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy||3|
|ESP 5510 Analysis of Limnological Systems||3|
|ESP 5580 Climate Change||3|
|ESP 5660 Principles of Environmental Education and Interpretation||3|
|ESP 5700 Graduate Seminar in Ecology and the Environment||3|
|ESP 5720 Environmental Planning Seminar||1-3|
|ESP 5730 Contaminant Hydrology||3|
|ESP 5740 Ecosystem Management: Principles and Applications||3|
|ESP 5750 Environmental Ethics||3|
|ESP 5760 The Nature of Environmental Systems||3|
|ESP 5780 Applied Environmental GIS||3|
|ESP 5910 Independent Study in Environmental Science and Policy||3|
Research Component – 3-6 credits
Minimum Total for MS in Environmental Science and Policy – 30 credits
Admission requirements for MS in Environmental Science and Policy requires the following materials to be submitted through our online application
- 3.0 or better in undergraduate coursework
- Official transcripts from any/all college level work
- Three professional recommendations
- Current Resume
- Statement of interest
- GRE test scores
- NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
- $75 application fee
Fall 2018 Registration – Now Open!
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 “Course Offerings” tab, and using the first “Class Schedule Search” option. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
ESP Course Offerings 2018
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when Environmental Science and Policy classes will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.