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The objective of the Environmental Chemistry program from University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is to train scientists to apply basic chemical principles to the study of the environmental behaviors of natural and anthropogenic chemicals.


Key Features

Environmental chemistry includes interdisciplinary studies which integrate across subjects such as geochemistry, analytical chemistry, transport processes, and toxicology to determine the cycling and impact of chemicals in the natural environment. Excellent research facilities equipped with state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation are available at several of our campuses, including dedicated environmental chemistry laboratories at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) in Solomons, Maryland.

As the Environmental Chemistry program from University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, emphasis is placed on learning and applying the scientific method, employing strong quantitative approaches, and developing effective scientific writing skills. Students graduating from MEES through this AOS will find professional positions in Federal,state, and local government agencies (such as EPA, FDA, NIH), private chemical and manufacturing industries, academic institutions, and consulting firms.

The University System of Maryland has a wide and diverse set of course offerings in environmental chemistry, geochemistry and related areas, making it possible for students in all areas of this AOS to create a unique and rewarding program of study.  


UMCES has been committed to graduate education for more than 35 years. Faculty members teach and mentor MS and PhD students. Historically, students have received degrees and diplomas from degree-granting institutions in the University of Maryland System (USM), primarily from the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP). In 2012-13, the Board of Regents and Maryland General Assembly authorized UMCES to become a degree-granting institution within the USM. To do so, UMCES initiated an accreditation process with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and submitted its Accreditation Readiness Report (ARR) in August 2013. Acceptance of the ARR by MSCHE advanced UMCES to Candidacy for accreditation, which allows UMCES to award graduate degrees. The first MS and PhD degrees were jointly awarded with UMCP in May 2014. UMCES submitted its Self-Study Design to MSCHE in October 2014. Its approval was followed by initiation of self-study, with completion scheduled by summer 2015. Final evaluation by MSCHE is anticipated in winter 2015-16. If approved, UMCES will then be fully accredited.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical Transport Processes
  • Aquatic Toxicology/Ecology 
  • Environmental Management 
  • Statistics/Biostatistics
  • Physical Chemistry 
  • Experimental Design and Analysis and in Scientific Writing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Official transcripts of all college-level work.
  • A brief essay clearly defining areas of research interest and research objectives (preferably including the Foundation of interest). The essay should not be in outline form.
  • A current CV or resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the academic work of the applicant.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores *Optional
  • International Applicants: Most international applicants will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS exam scores. Should you have any questions as to whether you are exempt, please contact the appropriate graduate school.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Cambridge

1814 - 3756 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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