College of Science

Department of Applied Environmental Science

Graduate School Programs for Environmental Studies Students

SchoolsDegree Title   Summary
UC Davis Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management The Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management (EPM) program, housed within the John Muir Institute of the Environment, provides advanced training in applying environmental science to real-world environmental policy and management issues. Targets students with science and engineering backgrounds who seek applied professional careers in environmental policy and management.
UC Irvine Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science The Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS) is a professional degree program designed to provide the graduate with the skills and knowledge base necessary to hold leadership and management positions in environmental fields related to conservation, restoration, and sustainability. This is a highly collaborative program, portions of which will embed students into real-world conservation and restoration settings through community partnerships.    
UC Santa Barbara Masters of Environmental Science and Management Two year degree with seven specializations: corporate environmental management, coastal marine resources management, conservation planning, economics and politics of the environment, energy and climate, pollution prevention and remediation, and water resources management.
Colorado State University Warner College of Natural Resources Degrees in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Biology, Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management (including masters in Conservation Leadership or Tourism Management).    
University of Hawaii at Manoa Masters in Environmental Management A course-driven professional degree that requires a total of 36 credits. Students are required to declare a concentration from one of four possible concentration areas, including land and water resource management.    
Portland State University, Hatfield School of Government Masters of Public Administration For students interested in administration within government or non-profits, with certificate programs in collaborative governance, energy policy and management, and sustainable food systems.
Portland State University Masters of Environmental Management The Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) degree teaches students how to analyze and manage natural environments for human benefit and ecosystem health.    
Portland State University Professional Science Masters The Professional Science Master (PSM) in Environmental Science and Management degree is built on the successful Master of Environmental Management (MEM) degree which has been offered by the department since 1998. This degree requires the same depth of scientific and environmental management content and skills of the MEM degree, but requires 12 additional credits in “PSM Plus Courses.” These PSM “Plus Courses” give students knowledge in the discipline of professional management and practices.
Utah State University M.S. Environment and Society The M.S. degree will prepare students for professional practice in natural resources and environmental management and planning, policy and program analysis, public affairs, environmental education, community assessment and collaboration, conflict management, and extension/outreach positions.    
Utah State University M.S. Recreation Resource Management For students interested in the management of outdoor recreation resources. The Department also offers a Ph.D. in Environment and Society for students interested to engage in advanced research addressing emerging challenges in facing parks and protected areas. These degrees prepare students for careers with state or federal agencies that manage outdoor recreation settings, or as scientists ready to enter academic, public, or private careers.
University of Washington Masters of Environmental Horticulture A non-thesis degree designed for students or professionals interested in problem-solving in environmental fields. It is focused on restoration, horticulture, and environmental management.    

Masters in Urban and Regional Planning

SchoolsDegree Title   Summary
CSU Northridge Master of Urban Planning The Master of Urban Planning provides a broad based education in urban planning, especially as it is practiced in the State of California.
CalPoly Pomona Master of Urban and Regional Planning The mission of the department is to prepare students to become planning professionals by providing a multi-disciplinary professional education that teaches students to define issues, solve problems and implement solutions to improve the quality of the natural and built environment.
CalPoly San Luis Obispo Master of City and Regional Planning Program The Master of City and Regional Planning Program cultivates talent, leadership, innovation and action-oriented research in the place making education of civic minded and diverse students. We provide an applied, comprehensive, professional planning education with, community, regional, and global awareness. We prepare planners to develop communities and regions that are socially, ecologically and economically sustainable.
UC Berkeley Master of City Planning A two-year nationally accredited professional degree program with emphases in Environmental Planning and Healthy Cities; Housing, Community, and Economic Development; Transportation Policy and Planning; and Urban Design.
UC Davis MS in Community Development This two-year program combines social theory and scientific research with practitioner skills to meet local community goals for building a healthy, sustainable, and equitable society.    
UC Irvine Master of Urban and Regional Planning The UC Irvine Master of Urban and Regional Planning program prepares students to play a significant role in creating a desirable future by confronting the complex physical and social challenges in our cities and regions.
UCLA Master of Urban and Regional Planning A two-year degree program and is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. Students must select one or more areas of concentration to focus their studies.    
USC Master of Planning Five concentrations: economic development, built environment, social and community planning, sustainable land use, transportation and infrastructure.
San Diego State University Master of City Planning Since 1970, the program has graduated over 300 students who have secured responsible positions in planning agencies at all levels of government, in private and public institutions concerned with planning and urban affairs, and in academic and research institutions.    
San Jose State University Master of Urban Planning Planning degree with a variety of sub-specializations including Affordable Housing and Community Development Finance, Applications of Technology in Planning, Community Design and Development, Environmental Planning, Real Estate Development, Transportation, Land Use Planning.     

Masters in Environmental Education

SchoolsDegree Title   Summary
Alaska Pacific University M.S. in Outdoor and Environmental Education The MSOEE Graduate program is a hands-on, place-based learning experience that will prepare you for many interdisciplinary career fields involving outdoor education. Combining theory and practice, you will have a chance to design and deliver outdoor learning programs to children of Kellogg Field School on the beautiful Kellogg Campus.
Antioch University Seattle, IslandWood M.A. in Education in Urban Environmental Education Offered in partnership with Antioch University Seattle, this masters dives deep into environmental education with a focus on urban systems and social justice, creating change agents for thriving, sustainable cities. This 5-quarter program is based in Seattle, WA.    
Antioch University Keene, New Hampshire M.S. in Environmental Studies, Environmental Education Focus Offers M.S. in environmental studies for science teacher certification, an M.S. in environmental education, a certificate in nature-based early childhood education and in climate change education. 
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY M.Ed. in Environmental Education The Bard M.Ed. in Environmental Education program prepares educators to create an informed and engaged citizenry supporting progress towards a just, prosperous, and sustainable future. Through intensive academic training, real world professional experience, and career development opportunities, the program enables graduates to pursue successful, high-impact careers in private schools, NGO’s, government land management agencies, private land conservation organizations, museums, environmental education centers, and consulting firms.
Claremont Graduate University (online degree program) Master's in Evaluation and Applied Research Claremont Graduate University’s online Master’s in Evaluation & Applied Research—designed with the acclaimed Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC)—was created to help you build your evaluation and research expertise, and empower you to make a meaningful impact. You’ll work to craft a wide range of international development, education, health, well-being and positive psychology initiatives. In line with competencies set by the largest network of professional evaluators in the country, the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the Master’s in Evaluation & Applied Research will prepare you for a rewarding career in applied research and evaluation with a foundation in state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and mixed-method approaches for creating positive social change.
Goshen College M.A. Environmental Education The Sustainability and Environmental Education Department offers an 11-month Master of Arts in Environmental Education. It is designed for people who want to work as passionate educators with students of all ages in diverse settings. Join us for ecological field work, principles of EE, leadership, land management, plenty of practice teaching and 3 weeks in rural Bahamas.    
Mary Baldwin University Masters in Environment-Based Learning (online option) Mary Baldwin University offers one of the nation’s first environment-based learning (EBL) graduate programs designed specifically for educators. With an environment-based educational approach, educators use the local community and environment to teach all subjects in a way that is meaningful and relevant to K-12 students.
North Cascades Institute/ Western Washington University's Huxley College M.Ed Master of Education degree with Cascades's educators, naturalists, and conservationists. A professional residency program designed to prepare students in all aspects of environmental education. Coursework emphasizes field science, experiential learning, teaching strategies, and nonprofit administration.    
Oregon State University M.A. or M.S. in Environmental Sciences with Environmental Education Concentration The Area of Concentration in Environmental Education is designed for students who have a strong natural sciences background and want to develop capabilities in environmental education to go with this background. The Environmental Education track focuses on merging strengths in basic science with pedagogical skills, communication skills, and research or projects.
Prescott College M.A. in Adventure Education (online option) Expand your knowledge and advance your skills as an adventurer and leader with an online master of arts degree. Our online masters in adventure education is the oldest credit-bearing curriculum of its type in the country. At Prescott College, you’ll explore what excites you while gaining new perspectives as you design a degree based on your passions and your goals. You’ll work with experts in your chosen field, whether that be a risk manager who knows the ropes, or a facilitator who can teach you the skills you’re looking for. Unlike 100% online degrees, this program is a limited-residency format that combines online classes, mentored studies, and in-person opportunities to connect with faculty and other students. You have the flexibility to study precisely what inspires you.
Prescott College M.A. in Education, Environmental Education path (online option) The masters of Education Degree Programs at Prescott College will provide you with academic and advanced skills needed to succeed in a competitive global environment. Our faculty is committed to providing you with a quality academic experience and an opportunity to engage in integrated and focused application of your learning. Individuals who are serious about becoming leaders - not just practitioners - in the field of Environmental Education should apply to our Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis Environmental Education degree program!
Slippery Rock University M.Ed. Environmental Education Graduate study in Environmental Education is designed to facilitate upward mobility in the field of environmental education and communication by providing students with the skills and experiences needed to excel as environmental educators in formal and informal settings. This program is online only. This program is ideal for both working educators who possess teaching certification and desire a program of study oriented to non-formal, experiential education and working natural resource managers wishing to more effectively integrate environmental education and communication into programs serving public audiences.
Utah State University M.S. Environment and Society The M.S. degree will prepare students for professional practice in natural resources and environmental management and planning, policy and program analysis, public affairs, environmental education, community assessment and collaboration, conflict management, and extension/outreach positions.    
Utah State University Natural Resources and Environmental Education Certificate Program Can be obtained in conjunction with the MS in Environment and Society (above).    
University of Arizona M.A. in Teaching and Teacher Education, Environmental Learning Strand The subject matter specialization focuses on the content knowledge of teaching. Basic core courses are taken in the College of Education. Fifteen units comprising a content area are taken in other appropriate colleges across the campus (e.g., the Colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, and Science).
University of Washington, Islandwood Graduate Certificate in Education for Environment and Community Focuses on building skills in culturally-responsive teaching and experiential, student-centered learning. This 10-month residential program is based on our 250-acre campus on Bainbridge Island, WA, a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle.    
University of Wisconsin Steven's Point M.S. Environmental Education and Interpretation The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education provides professional development, hands-on classroom resources, curriculum for energy, environmental, and forestry education, and guidance and resources for Wisconsin's Green & Healthy Schools Program.    
University of Michigan M.S. Behavior, Education and Communication As a Behavior, Education, and Communication specialist, you will learn how people think, what drives them, and the conditions under which they behave most reasonably and creatively. You will develop conceptual frameworks and learn to employ strategies to address local, regional, and global environmental problems by motivating individuals, groups, and organizations to adopt impactful behavior patterns. Through leadership and engagement, you will influence human behavior and empower diverse communities to achieve the ultimate goal of enduring environmental sustainability.
Walking Mountains Science Center, Colorado Graduate Fellowship in Natural Science Education This multi-faceted graduate fellowship program in natural science education at Walking Mountains Science Center is a full-time, 2 year and 3 month professional development program that focuses on K-12 field science education, leadership, and helping to grow a reputable nonprofit organization.
Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA Advanced Inquiry Program Woodland Park Zoo is pleased to offer the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), an exciting web-based master’s degree program from Miami University with experiential learning and field study with the zoo. The AIP is designed for a broad range of professionals from education, conservation, business, community organizing, and government settings, and the program offers a groundbreaking graduate degree focused on inquiry-driven learning as a powerful agent for social and ecological change.

Masters in Sustainability

SchoolsDegree Title   Summary
Antioch University Los Angeles Masters of Arts in Urban Sustainability We are training the next generation of urban problem-solvers to meet the world’s dual challenges of climate change and inequality. Antioch University’s low-residency Urban Sustainability (MA) Program involves intensive, problem-solving residencies (the first and fourteenth weeks of the semester) and a high-touch online experience.    
UC Santa Barbara Masters of Environmental Science and Management Two year degree with seven specializations: corporate environmental management, coastal marine resources management, conservation planning, economics and politics of the environment, energy and climate, pollution prevention and remediation, and water resources management    
Portland State University Leadership for Sustainable Education The Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) master’s degree fosters leaders who wish to educate for sustainable and regenerative change. This program provides the opportunity to explore sustainability education and leadership through a learning community model, theory-to-practice curriculum, and ongoing community-based learning.

Environmental Law

SchoolsDegree Title   Summary
UC Berkeley JD (Juris Doctor) The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) works to develop smart, practical solutions to critical environmental and energy challenges including climate change, renewable energy, sustainable water, and healthy oceans.    
UC Davis JD (Juris Doctor) California Environmental Law and Policy Center brings together interdisciplinary practice for environmental law and policy. The Center’s environmental research and policy priorities include climate change law and policy; water allocation in the American West; property rights; environmental governance questions; renewable energy; and green technology.    
UC Irvine JD (Juris Doctor) The Environmental Law Clinic provides students with the opportunity to work on important and challenging matters involving the protection and enhancement of the environment and human health    
UCLA JD (Juris Doctor) The Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic trains law students in environmental lawyering. Under the supervision of faculty who are experienced environmental lawyers, students work on behalf of environmental and community groups on litigation and regulatory matters. Working closely with nonprofit and government agency partners and clients, the clinic takes on the most important environmental issues in southern California and beyond.    

Science Communication

SchoolsDegree TitleSummary
UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Master's Program The science writing program at UC Santa Cruz has produced professional science writers since 1981. The program is one academic year long, focusing entirely on practical training through rigorous coursework and diverse internships. It's the only graduate science writing program in the U.S. that requires a degree in science and experience in research.