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Master's in Environmental Studies

Full time  Part time  Online

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

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. Numerous opportunities for experiential learning in the field are available. 

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.

For more information please contact: Graduate Program Coordinator Richard Gaschnig, email: Richard_Gaschnig@uml.edu, phone: 978-934-3706.

Master's of Science in Environmental Studies

Graduate Certificate Programs

Professional Internship and Seminar

This professional internship is required for students in this program and is expected to represent a minimum of 350 hours and will have a 3-6 month duration. The internship is designed to provide students with an opportunity to obtain real-world experience in business, government agencies, non-profit organizations or research institutes. To be eligible for the internship students will be expected to have completed half of their STEM courses, two business/communication courses, attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 and received departmental permission. Through this experience the student engages in real- world work situations involving technical problems, teamwork, communication skills and decision-making. Students who are employed full-time in a pertinent field may fulfill the internship requirement by completing an approved project, which adds to the student’s current set of skills. All students will be required to submit a final written report and give an oral presentation on their work at a seminar. All post-internship students will participate in this seminar. All Professional Internships require supervision by program faculty.

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 the Graduate Catalog for additional admissions requirements.

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.