Master of Environmental Science & Management

University of Rhode Island

Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Master's Degree
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Both


The Masters of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental Masters Degree program within URI’s College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) that is focused on building expertise for working professionals. Students who want to further their careers with private sector firms, governmental agencies, or non-profit organizations should consider this degree. The MESM program is normally completed in 16-21 months of full-time study. Part-time students are welcome, but require a longer time to complete the curriculum.

The MESM program prepares students to apply environmental science and technology to real-world problems. It does not have the same level of emphasis on independent, hypothesis-based research as the Master of Science in Environmental Sciences degree program. MESM students who may wish to pursue a Ph.D. should consult with the MESM faculty before applying to the program.

There are seven unique specializations that are available within the MESM program: Environmental Planning and Design; Wetland, Watershed, and Ecosystem Science; Sustainable Systems; Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis; Environmental Policy & Management; Earth and Hydrologic Science; Conservation Biology

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