Welcome to the Environmental Science M.S. Degree Program
The Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science consists of four primary research areas: Aquatic Science, Conservation and Restoration Ecology, Natural Resources and Wildlife Management, and Plant Biology. This degree is designed to prepare students for careers in both private and government sectors. Students enrolled in the program may elect the thesis track or professional (non-thesis) track. The purpose of the thesis track is to gain experience and competency in a research topic by following the scientific process that culminates in a written thesis suitable for peer-reviewed publication. The non-thesis track provides exposure to a wide range of areas of environmental science and ecology through a coursework-focused curriculum.
- The Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree (exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove deficiencies).
- Accepted applicants will be admitted into the program on the non-thesis track.
- Applicants interested in the thesis track are required to contact one or more members of the graduate Faculty with matching research interests prior to submitting their application to discuss:
- Their research interests
- The suitability of potential thesis topics given resources and expertise of the preferred Graduate Faculty
- Availability of funding for stipends (GRA or GTA) and research activities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to describe this a priori correspondence in their Statement of Purpose
- Students admitted to the program without prior arrangements with a member of the Graduate Faculty will not be accepted on the thesis track but may have the opportunity to switch to the thesis track if opportunities arise
- For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog
Graduates from the program are employed in diverse careers, including in local and federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry, and academia, many of which require a Master of Science Degree for placement or advancement. Graduates who complete a thesis are also highly competitive for top doctoral programs across the country.
All applications are processed by the UTSA Graduate School; however, our department is happy to advise and assist you in the preparation of your application. Contact the Environmental Science Graduate Advisor of Record (GAR) if you have any questions, and visit UTSA Admissions for the requirements and deadlines to apply to our programs.
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Graduate Advisor of Record
Dr. Kevin Eddy