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, air, 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.

The admissions requirements for the Professional Science Master's in Applied Science with a concentration in Environmental Assessment include:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. The student must have an undergraduate major in the natural, physical, or applied sciences, engineering, or related fields, OR coursework of at least 20 semester hours in the natural and applied sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, physical geography, physics, and/or engineering). For those without the necessary background courses in undergraduate science and mathematics, some additional coursework will need to be completed prior to the start of the graduate student program.
  2. A grade-point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) for all previous university work is required. Under extenuating circumstances an average below 3.0 can be considered.
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (General test only--verbal, analytical, and quantitative). For students with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, the GRE is recommended, but not required. For those with less than a 3.0, GRE scores are required. GRE scores should be from a test date within the last 5 years.
  4. Statement of interest: This 1-2 page narrative should succinctly summarize your education, employment history, your long-term career goals, and how this degree program will help you achieve these goals.
  5. At least two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to offer judgment on your ability to undertake graduate-level work.
  6. International students must also meet the English proficiency, visa/I20, and financial requirements.


All PSMs must include a core of business, communication, and project management skills.

P.S.M. Core
ENTR 701Entrepreneurship3
or PMGT 802 Innovation and Change Management Process
PMGT 833Management of Internal Projects for Scientists and Technical Professionals3
COMS 730Writing and Speaking for Decision Makers3
PMGT 810Financial Management3
EVRN 616Environmental Impact Assessment3
EVRN 721Environmental Regulation and Policy3
Select two from: 6
Water Quality, Land Use, and Watershed Ecosystems
Soil Science for Environmental Assessment
Environmental Air Quality Assessment
Related Electives6
Choose 2 courses 1
Advanced Environmental Applications in Geospatial Techniques
Soil Geography
Ecosystem Ecology
Environmental Toxicology
Environmental Data Analysis and Statistics
EVRN 815Professional Science Masters Capstone3
Total Hours33