M.Sc. On Campus

Environmental Sciences

University of Nevada, Reno

12 months
21006 USD/year
21006 USD/year
5352 USD/year
Tuition fee
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 The M.S. in Environmental Sciences at University of Nevada, Reno is based on the tenet that graduate education in the environmental sciences requires an interdisciplinary approach encompassing the fields of chemistry, geology, biology, ecology, physics, and human health.


The Environmental Sciences program offered by University of Nevada, Reno provides opportunities to contribute to our field in impactful ways. Through comprehensive research and interdisciplinary studies, our students are challenged to address a wide-ranging assortment of rapidly changing environmental issues and concerns that are posing significant tests to the world today.

This program is designed to allow the student an opportunity to design a curriculum to meet his or her disciplinary interests and professional aspirations. 

The environmental chemistry track focuses on the source, transport, transformation and fate of chemicals in the environment. 

The ecological toxicology track addresses biological and ecological issues of fate and effects, ranging from biochemical mechanisms of toxicity in nonhuman species to biogeochemistry of xenobiotics in manmade and natural ecosystems.

 The environmental toxicology track addresses issues in human health and environmental quality, including air pollution, biochemistry, physiology and nutrition.

During our M.S. in Environmental Sciences at University of Nevada, Reno students will:

  • gain a broad and deep factual and theoretical understanding of their area of specialization
  • gain awareness of modern research methods and technology
  • gain ability to independently design experiments to study scientific hypothesis, interpret experimental results
  • present their work through effective scientific communication
  • understand the societal and scientific significance of their work
  • posses professional character as illustrated by their ethical behavior.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Air Pollution 
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Environmental Chemistry Concepts and Design
  • Epidemiology in Public Health 
  • Health and the Environment 
  • Advanced Environmental Toxicology 
  • Environmental Chemicals: Exposure, Transport and Fate 
  • Small Watershed Hydrology 
  • Biogeochemical Cycles 
  • Food and Nutrition Toxicology 
  • Atmospheric Chemistry 
  • Introductory Biochemistry
  • Environmental Microbiology 
  • Health Informatics 
  • Biostatistics in Public Health 
  • Micronutrients 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


30-35 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Undergraduate and/or graduate school transcripts reflecting a GPA of 3.00 or greater
  • Copies of graduate record exam (GRE) scores reflecting a verbal plus quantitative score of 297 or greater
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A letter stating goals and choice of disciplinary interest
  • Documentation from an Environmental Sciences Graduate faculty member who agrees to be the student's research adviser (this can be submitted after application, but must be submitted prior to entrance to the program)
  • A lower-level degree in a related science with coursework in calculus, organic chemistry, biology, and physics is desirable but not required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21006 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21006 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    21006 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21006 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    5352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5352 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Reno

860 - 1230 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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