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Master's in Environmental Studies

The environmental studies master’s program at UMass Lowell provides students with a comprehensive education that includes policy, engineering and science.

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Customize your degree with a concentration in atmospheric science or geoscience. Students interested in weather forecasting, atmospheric pollution, wind energy and related topics should consider the atmospheric science option. Students interested in the geo- and environmental sciences should consider environmental geoscience.

In addition to conventional master’s degrees, students may choose a professional science master’s (PSM) in environmental studies. The PSM is intended for students who seek to improve both technical expertise and managerial skills.

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Our graduate programs are designed to be easily accessible to both full- and part-time students. Many of the required courses are offered during the evening or online. We also provide numerous opportunities for experiential learning opportunities in the field.
Candidates for the program should have a bachelor’s degree in physical or biological sciences, mathematics or engineering from an accredited program and a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Visit Graduate Admissions for more information, or apply online.

For more information please contact: Graduate Program Coordinator, Kate Swanger, email:, phone: 978-934-2664.

Why earn your Master's in Environmental Studies?

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Hands-on Research

Conduct research with faculty in forecasting, climate modeling, hydrology, surface processes or geochemistry/petrology and gain a competitive edge.
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In Demand Occupation

Graduates have gone on to work at NOAA National Weather Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Energy, the United States Geological Survey, environmental consulting firms, as teachers at local high schools and at research laboratories such as MIT’s Lincoln Labs.
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Laboratories & Resources

UMass Lowell has a range of laboratories and resources, including fully equipped weather, environmental geoscience and modern gamma ray spectroscopy laboratories, a research reactor, ground-penetrating radar equipment and extensive rock, mineral and fossil collections for teaching and research.