College of Science

Environmental Science MS

Program Overview

The Environmental Science* Master of Science Program is an innovative interdisciplinary 2-year program offering training in science and technology in the context of environmental policy. Located at the nexus of world class research institutes, state and regional preserves, the Fort Ord National Monument, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, CSU Monterey Bay is a prime location for studying the interconnection between watershed, terrestrial and coastal environments.

The Environmental Science MS program offers two options that allow students to customize their coursework based on their career goals:

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Track culminates in a professional internship and the Thesis Track culminates in a thesis dissertation.

The Environmental Science MS program prepares students for careers in applied scientific research, wildlife and natural resource management, environmental consulting, industry, non-profit agencies, environmental education, and further education in doctoral programs.

Our graduates enter the workforce with highly marketable and competitive skills. Our leading-edge curriculum nurtures our students’ talents and provides them with the best tools and transferable skills to land fulfilling positions in research, wildlife and natural resource management, education, policy, and other high-impact careers.

*Previous names: The Environmental Science program started in 2006. The program was named Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy (CWSP) from 2006 to 2013, and Applied Marine and Watershed Science (AMWS) from 2013 to 2018.