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Environmental Science M.S.


Master of Science in Environmental Science


RTEmagicC_Science_Grad_edit.jpg (1)The Wesley College M.S. Environmental Science program has been designed for individuals seeking a broad-based environmental science education at the graduate level that can be used either to further professional aspirations or provide a platform for further graduate work.

The M.S. program emphasizes a systems-based and interdisciplinary approach to environmental problem solving. Coursework explores the complexity of real-world environmental challenges and their social, economic, political, as well as environmental consequences for our society’s sustainability and resilience. A student-developed and -executed project or thesis provides a capstone for program studies.

Wherever possible student projects are integrated with coursework in order to emphasize tangible links between environmental science and the communities in which we live. Research methods and techniques, environmental instrumentation, and computer applications form an integral part of the graduate program.

Special Features

  • Completion in approximately two years
  • Many courses are taught in the late afternoon or evening
  • Small class size
  • Non-thesis and thesis options
  • Blends the natural and physical sciences with policy
  • Incorporates computer application skills in modeling and GIS

Admission Requirements

  1. Submit a completed Wesley College Graduate Application Form with application fee.
  2. Have an earned Baccalaureate degree in environmental science or related field from a regionally accredited college or university, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Send official transcripts of all prior academic work to the Office of Graduate Studies.
  3. Submit a professional resumé.
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation. At least one letter should address the academic capabilities of the student.
  5.  Submit a two-page typed paper addressing the applicant’s interests and background in the environmental field.
  6. Conditional admission may be offered to students with a GPA less than 3.0 by approval of the department. The students’ satisfactory progress by earning an “A” or “B” in two courses will be reviewed at the end of the first semester.

Program Requirements

  1. Students enrolled in the M.S. Program are required to successfully complete 30 credit hours of approved coursework at the 500- or 600-level while in good academic standing.
  2. Students must complete ES506 and 507.
  3. Students can select either the non-thesis or thesis option, but must inform the Program Director of this selection by the end of their first semester. This selection will be recorded on the student’s official transcript.
  4. Students in the thesis option must:

a. form a committee of at least three members, one of whom is an expert from outside Wesley College; this committee will guide the student in developing and completing the thesis project.
b. defend their proposal before the committee; the proposal will contain a background literature review and a research plan.
c. conduct a public defense of their completed research, including submission of a journal ready manuscript.
d. obtain from the Committee Chairperson, and file with the College Registrar’s Office, letters of completion for the proposal defense and for the final presentation.