Environmental Studies

Ohio University

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
1079 USD/credit
1079 USD/credit
583 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The world faces unprecedented environmental challenges. Ohio University’s Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) program prepares the next generation of environmental scientists, leaders and innovators with the skills and knowledge to tackle the complexity of modern environmental problems.


Founded in 1970, this interdisciplinary program is designed for exceptional students motivated by a variety of environmental issues. Students link knowledge from multiple disciplines to address real-world problems. The MSES program seeks students who want a learning-by-doing approach to develop their skills to innovate and advance solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges of our time. Students have backgrounds ranging from business, humanities, and the social sciences to the physical and biological sciences and engineering. Working closely with a faculty advisor, they are provided with experiential research, hands-on training, professional development and strategies to succeed in a fast-changing field.

Key facts:

The Environmental Studies program takes advantage of the local environment and global opportunities. Athens, the home of Ohio University, is located in one of the most scenic parts of Ohio, near 12 state parks and the Wayne National Forest. The region has an emerging rural economy with strengths in alternative and renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and waste to wealth enterprises. Environmental topics important to the area include:

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Community planning and organizing
  • Acid mine drainage
  • Water resources management
  • Natural resources, including timber and non-timber forest products
  • Industry located near the Ohio River

Students have the opportunity to utilize a range of on-campus and community assets. The University’s research facilities include The Ridges, a 740-acre area with forests and farmland, also home to the Voinovich School. Nearby watersheds offer study of the impacts of abandoned coal mines and thriving watershed restoration projects. Dedicated laboratories are committed to studying ecological systems, clean energy, geochemistry and water quality. Finally, the local social and environmental entrepreneurship ecosystem supports growth of ventures in the region.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Community-Based Environmental Studies
  • Seminar in Environment and Society
  • Ecology and Environmental Issues
  • Concepts in Environmental Sustainability

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications received after February 1 will be considered but applications will not be eligible for funding.




36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A letter of intent detailing your proposed topics of study within Ohio University's applied learning experience. Connect your proposed topics with your academic background, skills, and relevant work experience. This letter of intent is also evaluated as a writing sample.Identify three Ohio University faculty members whose classes or research connect most directly to your intended areas of study.

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Undergraduate transcripts

  • Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • If you are not a native English speaker you must submit your IELTS and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores

  • A personal interview or electronic correspondence is desirable but not required. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1079 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1079 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1079 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1079 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    583 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 583 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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