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Environmental Science, M.S.

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The M.S. in Environmental Science offers innovative, interdisciplinary training in science and technology within the context of environmental policy. There are two M.S. degree options: Professional Science Master’s (PSM) and thesis.

Within the PSM option, you will deepen the skills you learn in the classroom through a professional internship. The PSM option gives you flexibility to structure your graduate experience around your professional interests. You will develop specialized skills that will distinguish your entry into a career that requires highly skilled professionals within technology and applied science-based companies, resource management and planning agencies, scientific and environmental consulting firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The thesis option focuses on independent research intended for professional publication, and can launch you into a doctoral program or a professional career in scientific research, resource management, education, and policy.

Located at the nexus of world class research agencies and 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 watershed, terrestrial, and coastal environments.

To learn more about the major, visit the Environmental Science Master of Science Program website.

Required Courses


Students select either the Professional Science Master Option or the Thesis Option and complete the requirements.

Professional Science Masters Option  

Thesis Option  


Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes focus on integrating rigorous scientific and technical training in the context of environmental policy and management. The learning outcomes are delivered and assessed primarily through course-based projects, papers, presentations and a master’s thesis (M.S. Thesis option) or professional internship experience (Professional Science Master’s option).

Intellectual Skills

ENSCI graduates display and analyze data, use quantitative evidence to evaluate hypotheses and interpret environmental patterns and processes, and communicate their findings clearly in written and oral formats.

Ethical Responsibilities

ENSCI graduates work professionally and ethically to promote inclusive environmental decision-making based on diverse stakeholder perspectives.

Integrated Knowledge

ENSCI graduates synthesize and apply scientific knowledge and skills to inform environmental management decisions.

Specialized Knowledge

ENSCI graduates demonstrate environmental science content knowledge that has external impact appropriate for careers or continued graduate school.

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