UMass Boston

Environmental Sciences MS

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Create a better future through cutting-edge research.

Join UMass Boston's Environmental Sciences master's program and embrace the field as a metadiscipline that integrates the natural and social sciences. The School for the Environment is nationally recognized for its preparation of MS-level environmental practitioners whose research and practical knowledge advances natural resource conservation, climate change impacts and responses in coastal marine systems, new methods and technologies for the remote study of the planet, and the development of sustainable policies and management strategies to conserve and protect human-natural systems.

In the Environmental Science MS with UMass Boston, you will:

  • Develop a strong foundation in environmental science, gaining a comprehensive understanding of ecological systems, environmental processes, and the impact of human activities on the environment
  • Acquire proficiency in scientific research methods, data collection, and analysis, allowing you to conduct fieldwork, laboratory experiments, and environmental monitoring
  • Generate valuable insights and inform environmental decision-making
  • Cultivate critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills necessary for effectively communicating scientific findings

Career Possibilities

Conduct research, collect and analyze environmental data, and assess the impact of human activities on ecosystems as an environmental scientist. Evaluate environmental policies and provide recommendations for developing and improving environmental policies as a policy analyst. Or, study the impacts of climate change and contribute to efforts aimed at addressing them as a climate change analyst. These are just a few of the possibilities.

Become a(n):

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Conservation Specialist
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Climate Change Specialist
  • Environmental Educator

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How to Apply

Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation: 2
  • Other: Faculty advisor commitment, 3.0 undergraduate GPA

Deadlines & Cost

Deadlines: January 15 for fall, October 15 for spring

Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.

Program Cost Information: Bursar's website

Curriculum - Thesis Track

Core Courses (8 Credits)

  • ENVSCI 603 - Coasts and Communities I 4 Credit(s)
  • ENVSCI 604 - Coasts and Communities II 4 Credit(s)

Skills Course (3 Credits)

Complete one from below.

Another course may be taken with approval of the master’s thesis/project committee.

  • ENVSCI 601 - Introduction to Probability and Applied Statistics 3 Credit(s)
  • ENVSCI 611 - Applied Statistics 3 Credit(s)

Ethics Course (1 Credit)

  • ENVSCI 600 - Responsible Conduct in Research 1 Credit(s)

School for the Environment Seminar (2 Credits)

All masters students must attend seminar each week throughout their enrollment in the program. A maximum of two credits will be earned from the seminar course.

  • ENVSCI 791 - Seminar in Environmental Sciences 1 Credit(s)

Thesis Course (6 Credits)

  • ENVSCI 699 - Thesis Research 1-10 Credit(s)

Electives (9 or 10 Credits)

Select courses and independent research hours to fulfill 30 credit hour requirement.

Students may select from any of the courses above not already taken or from 600-level or higher courses approved by their faculty mentor.

Curriculum - Non-Thesis Track

Core Courses (8 Credits)

  • ENVSCI 603 - Coasts and Communities I 4 Credit(s)
  • ENVSCI 604 - Coasts and Communities II 4 Credit(s)

Skills Course (3 or 4 Credits)

Complete one from below.

Another course may be taken with approval of the master’s thesis/project committee.

  • ENVSCI 601 - Introduction to Probability and Applied Statistics 3 Credit(s)
  • ENVSCI 611 - Applied Statistics 3 Credit(s)

Ethics Course (1 Credit)

  • ENVSCI 600 - Responsible Conduct in Research 1 Credit(s)

School for the Environment Seminar (2 Credits)

All masters students must attend seminar each week throughout their enrollment in the program. A maximum of two credits will be earned from the seminar course.

  • ENVSCI 791 - Seminar in Environmental Sciences 1 Credit(s)

Capstone Course (6 Credits)

  • ENVSCI 698 - Projects in Environmental Sciences 1-6 Credit(s)

Electives (9 or 10 Credits)

Select courses and independent research hours to fulfill the 30 credit hour requirement.

Students may select from any of the courses above not already taken or from 600-level or higher courses approved by their faculty mentor.

Graduation Criteria

Thesis Track

Complete 30 credits from at least nine courses including two core courses, one skills course, one ethics course, one School for the Environment seminar, one thesis course, and nine to ten credits of electives.

Capstone: Complete a master’s thesis.

Students may apply to transfer to the Environmental Sciences (PhD) program from the thesis track upon completion of the core course requirements.

Minimum grade: No courses with a grade below B may be applied toward the program. Students who earn a B- in two courses will be considered no longer in good standing and may be dismissed from the program. Students who receive a grade below C in any graduate course will be dismissed from the program.
Grading basis: Courses must be taken graded unless the course is only offered on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
GPA: A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required from all courses applied toward the program.
Residency: Graduate course credits earned at another institution, as a non-degree student, or in another department may only be applied to the program with approval from the thesis/project advisor and graduate program director.
Course level: No more than one course taken at UMass Boston at the 300/400-level may be applied toward the program with approval of the thesis/project advisor and graduate program director.
Statute of limitations: Seven years.


Non-Thesis Track

Complete 30 credits from at least nine courses including two core courses, one skills course, one ethics course, one School for the Environment seminar, one capstone course, and nine to ten credits of electives.

Capstone: Complete a project as part of ENVSCI 698.

Minimum grade: No courses with a grade below B may be applied toward the program. Students who earn a B- in two courses will be considered no longer in good standing and may be dismissed from the program. Students who receive a grade below C in any graduate course will be dismissed from the program.
Grading basis: Courses must be taken graded unless the course is only offered on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
GPA: A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required from all courses applied toward the program.
Residency: Graduate course credits earned at another institution, as a non-degree student, or in another department may only be applied to the program with approval from the thesis/project advisor and graduate program director.
Course level: No more than one course taken at UMass Boston at the 300/400-level may be applied toward the program with approval of the thesis/project advisor and graduate program director.
Statute of limitations: Seven years.

FAQs

1. Should I contact faculty members directly?

Yes, reach out and talk to faculty whose research interests you. To be accepted in the program you need a faculty advisor.

2. Is there a separate application I need to fill out to be considered for a teaching assistantship?

No, your general application is all that is required.

3. I'm applying for a master's degree, can I still get a teaching assistantship?

Possibly, preference is given to doctoral students.

4. Can I start my graduate degree in the spring semester?

Yes, however, most students start in the fall semester.

5. Can I get an application fee waiver?

In special situations this is possible, please contact the graduate program director directly and discuss your situation.

Should you need further assistance please refer to the link below or contact Graduate Program Director Georgia Mavrommati at georgia.mavrommati@umb.edu.

Contact

Graduate Program Director Georgia Mavrommati
georgia.mavrommati [at] umb.edu
(617) 287-7419

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