Environmental Science (MS)

American University

Date Posted: Oct. 10, 2018
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Master's Degree


American University's Master of Science in Environmental Science gives students the knowledge and leadership skills to confront pressing environmental challenges facing the world, from climate change to renewable energy to food and water security.

The program will prepare students for careers in science, research, environmental policy, and advocacy. With advanced coursework in climate modeling, geochemistry, conservation, and the statistics necessary to inform science-based policy, the program prepares students to engage in high-level environmental problem-solving and to develop innovative solutions to critically important environmental issues.

AU's location in Washington, DC, gives students the opportunity to gain practical experience and network within their field through internships with public and private environmental organizations. Students can conduct research with faculty at AU or at one of the many renowned research institutions in the area. In recent years, students have published their work in peer-reviewed journals including Applied Geochemistry, Ecological Engineering, Ecological Research, Marine Ecology Progress Series, and Marine Pollution Bulletin.

Graduates move on to successful careers with government and non-governmental organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation, Peace Corps, state environmental agencies, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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