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Environmental Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The School for the Environment (SFE) offers a variety of programs designed to provide students with graduate coursework, research, and professional skills. The PhD and MS degree programs are interdisciplinary by design. The curricula for the programs are constructed to integrate principles, concepts, and methods from the natural and social sciences to provide students with a real-world context and understanding of the links between human societies and the ecological systems of which they are a part.

Accordingly, the work of SFE faculty and students is global by its very nature. In addition to thesis and project oriented graduate degree programs, SFE now offers two professional science masters™ degrees. Admission to these programs is competitive and many students who gain admission qualify for tuition waivers and teaching assistantships with support from the university and a variety of external funding sources. If environmental science is calling you, please call on us.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Coasts and Communities
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Environ. Policy & Admin.
  • Env. Issues Horn of Africa
  • Profess. Science Comm.
  • Environ. & Energy Economics
  • Climate and Energy
  • Intro. Prob. Applied Stats
  • Introduction to Environmental Innovation Clinic
  • Applied Statistics
  • Oceans and Human Health
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Principles and Applications of Remote Sensing
  • Biological Oceanography

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

In addition to completing the Online Application, you are required to submit the following supporting materials for admission into all UMass Boston graduate programs.

  • Official Transcripts
  • Applicable Test Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Program Specific Requirements
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      33588 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 33588 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      33268 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 33268 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • In-State

      17218 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 17218 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Boston

    • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
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