The Department of Geological & Environmental Sciences offers a program of study leading to the M.S. degree in Environmental Studies, as well as a Certificate in Environmental Studies, the details of which are found at the links below.
The environmental studies program offers a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree. The program office is housed in Moser Hall and is administered by the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences (GES). This program is intended for individuals who have undergraduate degrees in environmental studies/science, other natural sciences, engineering, or health professions. It is designed to meet the needs of students and working professionals preparing for supervisory roles in environmental science (research and management), with emphasis on a risk-based approach to the solving of environmental problems. The curriculum requires students to broaden their knowledge with core courses in environmental studies, to deepen their expertise with elective courses, and to demonstrate their abilities to prepare a scholarly thesis. This degree will benefit students who are planning careers with regulatory agencies, regulatory compliance and management, research facilities, and consulting firms providing state-of-the-art assessment, management, and remediation.
Admission into the Environmental Studies Masters Program:
In addition to the minimum School of Graduate Studies and Research admission requirements, applicants must have completed undergraduate science coursework including
- One year of college-level general chemistry with lab
- One semester of calculus
- A minimum of 15 semester hours of additional science courses with two of these additional courses containing a lab component (chemistry, biology, environmental science, geology, environmental engineering and/or physical geography).
- An unrecalculated cumulative undergraduate minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for admission. Students with a GPA of under 3.0 could be considered for provisional admission.
- Satisfactory performance on Graduate Record Examination (general test)
- Three letters of recommendation.
Applicants not satisfying the minimum admission requirements may be accepted provisionally at the discretion of the Department Graduate Committee. In those cases where the undergraduate preparation is deficient in three or fewer courses, students must satisfy the deficiencies by completing the equivalent undergraduate courses with a grade of B or better within the first year of study as a provisional graduate student.
Any student admitted with provisional status, will be reviewed for regular graduate admission to the program at the completion of 9 semester hours of degree-credit coursework. Students with an undergraduate course deficiency greater than three courses must remove the deficiency as a post baccalaureate, undergraduate student.
For application and more information on graduate programs go to the School of Graduate Studies and Research at web.ysu.edu/gradschool. Follow links for Admissions.
For information on MS Environmental Studies Degree Requirements click here.
Applicants who intend to maintain full-time status may apply for a Teaching or Graduate Assistantship (TA/GA). Assistantship application forms are available from the School of Graduate Studies. Please be aware that there are two separate applications required; one for admission, a second for an TA or GA.
- Assistants are typically assigned teaching duties in undergraduate laboratories.
- Assistantships are only available for students with regular graduate admission.
- Assistants are paid a stipend of approximately $10,000 for the year (not including summer research support), with tuition charges waived ($3,000-5,000 per semester).
- Application for TA/GAs are usually reviewed by the Departmental Graduate Committee in May each year. For more information click here.