The Professional Science Masters professional graduate degree is designed for graduates of bachelor’s programs in physical/natural sciences, environmental studies, civil/environmental engineering or related fields who are currently employed in private firms, public agencies, and not-for-profit organizations that address a range of environmental issues. Key foci in the science curriculum of this program are environmental impact assessment; soils, water, and ecosystems science; geospatial analysis; environmental health and policy; and an understanding of environmental law and policy and the regulatory environment.

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) is a relatively new interdisciplinary graduate degree that combines advanced coursework in science with a set of professional skills courses (project management, technical writing/communications, financial management), and a capstone/internship experience.

Admission to Graduate Studies

An applicant seeking to pursue graduate study in the College may be admitted as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student. Policies and procedures of Graduate Studies govern the process of Graduate admission. These may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Please consult the Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for information regarding program-specific admissions criteria and requirements. Special admissions requirements pertain to Interdisciplinary Studies degrees, which may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Application Deadlines for FAST-TRACK:

An applicant seeking to pursue graduate study in the College may be admitted as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student. Policies and procedures of Graduate Studies govern the process of Graduate admission. These may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

Early Conditional Admission to the 4+1 Fast Track:

Students apply to the Environmental Studies Program in the spring of their junior year for permission to start the 4+1 track.  However, acceptance to the track does not guarantee acceptance to the PSM-Environmental Assessment graduate program the following year.

Requirements for Early Conditional Admission (Spring semester, Junior Year):

  • All requirements for a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from KU complete or in progress;

  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty qualified to judge the student’s preparation for, and potential to successfully complete, the 4+1 accelerated track;at least one of the letters must be from an EVRN faculty member;

  • Major and cumulative GPA of at least 3.2;

  • Statement of interest that succinctly summarizes the students’ interests, education, their long‐term career goals, and how the accelerated degree program will help them achieve those goals.

In spring of their senior year, a student on the 4+1 track must formally apply to the PSM-Environmental Assessment graduate program via the Graduate Studies website.. 

Requirements for Admission into the PSM-Environmental Assessment Graduate Program via the 4+1 Track

(Spring semester, Senior Year):

  • In addition to the requirements listed above, students must have attained a grade of “B” or better in the graduate courses taken for elective undergraduate credit during the summer and/or fall to be considered for admission to Graduate Studies and continuation to the PSM-Environmental Assessment graduate degree program.

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Degree Requirements:

The KU Environmental Studies accelerated undergraduate-graduate degree track allows qualified EVRN B.S. students to graduate in 5 years with a Professional Science Masters in Environmental Assessment.  The fast-track M.A. provides excellent KU undergraduates in Environmental Studies an opportunity to complete an MA in Professional Science Masters-Environmental Assessment within a year of completing the bachelor’s degree. 

  1. Upon acceptance by the Program to the 4+1 track, the student will meet with the PSM-EA Program Director, the PSM Graduate Advisor, and the Undergraduate Advisor for Environmental Studies to plan the final year of undergraduate courses, graduate courses to be taken for elective undergraduate credit, and outline the schedule of courses.
  2. Prior to applying for graduate admission in the final spring semester of undergraduate study (Year 4), the student will meet with the PSM-EA Program Director, the PSM Graduate Advisor, and the Undergraduate Advisor for Environmental Studies together to review the student’s performance in the PSM-EA graduate courses taken for elective undergraduate credit during the summer and/or fall.  A grade of “B” or better must be attained in these courses to continue in the track.
  3. Following completion and award of the undergraduate degree (end of Spring Semester Year 4), the admitted student will again meet with the PSM-EA Program Director and the PSM Graduate Advisor to review the courses taken in the final year of undergraduate studies and review/update the course plan for the fifth year of study. The student’s performance in the  graduate courses taken for elective undergraduate credit will be evaluated.  To continue in the track, students must earn a combined minimum GPA of 3.5 in the 9 credit hours of undergraduate courses.
  4. If the baccalaureate degree is not completed at the end of Year 4, the student will not be permitted to enroll in courses for graduate credit toward the PSM-EA degree until the baccalaureate degree has been conferred.


Students must complete all requirements for the PSM-EA 4+1 within 1 year post-bachelor’s.   If a student does not complete the requirements within 1 year post-bachelor’s, or is at any time determined to be ineligible to continue on the accelerated track, the student may petition the program for admission to the standard 33-hour PSM-EA degree track. Upon acceptance, students will be expected to either 1) repeat for graduate credit PSM coursework taken only for undergraduate credit, or 2) take additional elective coursework to complete the 33 hours.  Specific coursework requirements in each case will be by agreement with the adviser.
 

Total minimum credit hours required (9 of these credit hours will be completed for undergraduate credit) is 33 hours.

Core Courses (Business and Professional Skills) (12)
PMGT 833Management of Internal Projects for Scientists and Technical Professionals3
ENTR 701Entrepreneurship3
ACCT 708Accounting and Finance for Professionals3
COMS 730Writing and Speaking for Decision Makers3
or COMS 811 Applied Organization Communication
Science Concentration (12)
EVRN 616Environmental Impact Assessment3
EVRN 721Environmental Regulation and Policy3
Select two from6
Water Quality, Land Use, and Watershed Ecosystems
Soil Science for Environmental Assessment
Environmental Air Quality Assessment
Electives (6)6
Select 2-4 courses to total at least 6 credit hours
Course selection will be determined in consultation with the advisor
Practica (3)3
Professional Science Masters Capstone
Total Hours33