Environmental Science, PSM

The Professional Science Track™ in the MS Program in Environmental Sciences is designed to build upon the unique interdisciplinary training and research capacities of the School for the Environment at UMass Boston. This track leverages the strengths in ecosystem assessment and management that permeate the biological and environmental science programs at the university against the rapidly growing programs in entrepreneurial science and industry-science partnerships. The primary goal of this track is to provide students who enroll part-time or full-time with natural science knowledge, quantitative skills, business acumen, and communication skills appropriate for existing and emerging professional science needs in the environmental sector.

This track requires successful completion of 30 credit hours consisting of:

  • One course (3 or 4 credits) in quantitative analysis (e.g., ENVSCI 601, ENVSCI 611, ENVSCI 623):
  • Three courses (9 credits) in natural sciences (e.g., ENVSCI 603, ENVSCI 607, ENVSCI 613, ENVSCI 640, ENVSCI 650, ENVSCI 693, ENVSCI 663L)
  • Two courses (6 credits) in environmental law, policy, administration, management, or economics (e.g., ENVSCI 604, ENVSCI 616, ENVSCI 645, ENVSCI 670L, ENVSCI 674L, ENVSCI 675L, ENVSCI 680, ENVSCI 685, ENVSCI 718)
  • One course (3 credits) in science communication (e.g., ENVSCI 654)
  • One course (3 credits) in management (e.g., MBAMGT 650, MBAACM 681, MBAACM 682, MBAMS 651)
  • One elective (3  credits) from a graduate environmental sciences or environmental law/policy/management course not taken to satisfy core requirement
  • Professional science internship (3 -6 credits) (e.g. ENVSCI 798).


Criteria for adequate progress include performance in courses and seminar presentations (starting in the second year, each student presents one departmental seminar per year). Students are expected to maintain, at minimum, a B average (3.0) in courses; students who fall below that mark will be placed on academic probation and are subject to dismissal. Normally, two grades of C or one grade of F will result in dismissal from the program.