The Master of Science in Environmental Studies is 36 credits in length.
From policy, ethics, and natural history to conservation, restoration, and adaptation, environmental issues cross many disciplinary boundaries; understanding these varied perspectives is increasingly important as we learn to live sustainably on this planet in an age of climate disruption. Our Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) is ideal for those who want to help meet the challenges of our time, whether they are working professionals, career changers, or just starting out. The bioregional focus of the program helps connect students to their local natural and human communities, enabling them to go beyond a conventional education and learn to identify and solve problems at multiple scales. Its applied emphasis on practical and local application of knowledge prepares students for professional work, creating opportunities for networking. The degree provides breadth through the common core, as well as depth in their choice of concentration.
This program can be completed in one or two years, depending on the student's chosen pace. The MSES begins with a foundational core of courses building expertise in policy, ecology, climate science, social systems, and leadership. Depth is developed in the choice of concentration: Conservation Biology, Environmental Communication, or a self-designed concentration (developed in collaboration with the program director). Students finish their program with either a capstone project or professional portfolio. Note: Students using Veterans Administration (VA) benefits may not pursue individualized concentrations or emphases options and must choose from prescribed concentration or emphasis titles approved by the Arizona State Approving Agency.
- Demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge central to environmental studies (environmental science, humanities, law/policy, social sciences, and systems thinking) to empower student engagement with specific environmental issues in their bioregion
- Apply diverse and inclusive approaches to analyzing contemporary environmental issues at local, regional, and global scales
- Analyze environmental issues at a variety of scales using theories integral to the student’s specific educational focus
- Employ strategic planning that applies theoretical knowledge to solving local, regional, or global environmental problems
- 36 credits
- Online Orientation