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Preparing passionate leaders driving change in sustainability and stewardship of the environment.

  —Our Mission

M.S. Environmental Sciences and Management

Little Creek StreamThe Master of Science degree program in Environment Sciences and Management (MSES) offers advanced study in a range of environmental science and management disciplines.

1. Program Overview

The  Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Management (MSES) degree is an interdisciplinary degree designed to provide core knowledge in research methods, environmental science, and environmental management, while providing for environmental specialization through directed electives. The program prepares students for a broad range of careers in science, research, and environmental management.The MSES program: (1) provides core knowledge in research skills and scientific literacy; (2) provides advanced knowledge in both environmental sciences and environmental management; (3) allows students to specialize in an environmental science or management sub-discipline through choice of electives, (4) is flexible, providing options for student to apply their knowledge through both a traditional thesis or a professional project. 

The program is open to students from any undergraduate major who have demonstrated high academic achievement. The program requires completion of a core curriculum (research skills, sciences, management) and directed electives for a total of 45 units. Students admitted to the program are expected to begin their studies in the fall quarter as a cohort, but students with prerequisite coursework deficiencies may be admitted in other quarters.

2. Admission requirements

Admission requirements for this program require that students have at least a 3.0 GPA in the final 90 quarter units of their undergraduate degree and completion of the following undergraduate coursework:  

Sciences— three quarters or two semesters of any combination of chemistry, biology, ecology, physics, earth science, or atmospheric science 
Statistics—one quarter or one semester 
Calculus—one quarter or one semester

An applicant who lacks prerequisite coursework may be admitted as a conditionally classified student and must make up any deficiencies (12 unit limit) before advancement to classified graduate standing. 

Students must take the GRE exam and have at least 3 letters of reference that can attest to the academic capabilities of the applicant. All applicants who do not speak and write English as their primary language are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), taken within the last 2 years with a minimum score of 550 (paper version), 213 (computerized version), or 80 (internet based).

3. Curriculum 

Catalog number

Course title

Units

Prerequisites

 

Research skills core

ESCI 501

Research Planning

4

Graduate standing or consent of instructor

 

ESCI 502

Research Methods and Data Analysis

4

Graduate standing or consent of instructor

 

ESCI 581

Graduate Seminar in Environmental Sciences

2

Graduate standing or consent of instructor

 

ESCI 599 
or 
ESCI 596 + 500 level course

Thesis
or
Professional project

9
or
5 + 4

 

 

Environmental Sciences core

ESCI 550

Advanced Environmental Sciences

4

Graduate standing or consent of instructor

 

Environmental Management core

ESCI 590

Advanced Environmental Management

4

Graduate standing or consent of instructor

 

Total required coursework

27

 

 

Directed electives (must be 400 or 500 level)*

18

 

 

Total units

45

 

 

 

*Elective course selections will depend on students’ interests and sub-discipline emphasis. Students in the research thesis option will consult with their research supervisor to ensure appropriate alignment of student learning objectives with selected courses. Students in the professional project option will consult with the graduate program coordinator for the selection of electives.

Graduate Studies Information at Cal Poly

Please visit the University's Graduate webpage for information on financial resources and graduate studies information at Cal Poly Graduate Information or our College's webpage at CAFES Graduate Information

Applying for a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Management

Application and supporting materials are submitted through Cal State Apply. Specific instructions and the link to Cal State Apply can be found on the Cal Poly Graduate Education website.

There are additional requirements for foreign students. Questions concerning applications from foreign students should be directed to the Cal Poly Admissions Office. 

For more information contact:

Dr. SurfleetDr. Chris Surfleet

Phone: (805) 756-2743
Office: 180-518

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