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Master of Science, Environmental Science

About the Program

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus or the Armstrong Campus in Savannah
Credit Hours: 36
Entry Terms: Fall, Spring
Time to Complete: Four Semesters

Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, are spurring the need for environmental scientists. The Master of Science with a major in Environmental Science is a non-thesis degree program that qualifies graduates to meet the growing statewide and national demand for professionals trained in an interdisciplinary science, technology, education, and mathematics field that focuses on environmental science and sustainability. Opportunities exist for study and research in a wide range of natural laboratories that include forests, beaches, salt marshes, rivers and more along southeast Georgia’s coastal plain. Graduates are equipped with the writing, math, presentation, technical, and essential skills that are critical for success in today’s economy and are well-prepared for jobs in industry, government, non-profit, and/or educational sectors. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that environmental science-related fields will fill more than 9,400 jobs each year until 2030.

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Admission Requirements

The Master of Science with a major in Environmental Science is housed within the James H. Oliver, Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science (ICPS). The ICPS is an interdisciplinary unit that promotes, in coordination with public and private partnerships, interdisciplinary research and education directed toward understanding the physical and biological resources occurring below the Fall Line and their sustainable use and management. The Master of Science requires 36 hours of course work culminating in 6 hours of some combination of research, non-thesis capstone, or internship credit. The accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program in Environmental Science allows high achieving students to complete both their B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years, one year earlier than if the degrees were done separately. Students are accepted into the accelerated BS/MS program no earlier than the first semester of their junior year.

  1. An overall minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in their major courses, or at the discretion of the graduate admission committee.
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s potential to complete successful graduate work.
  3. Applicant’s Statement of Purpose to include their interest in the program, relevant research experience, and future plans.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service and must be a course by course evaluation and include a GPA. (

Advanced Bachelor’s to Master’s (ABM) Information

Qualified students may be eligible for an accelerated bachelor’s to master’s (ABM) program. ABM programs allow you to begin graduate studies in your senior year so you can accelerate completion of a graduate degree. You’ll earn both a bachelor’s and a graduate degree faster. And since any graduate courses taken as an undergraduate are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate, you’ll save money too. Learn more about accelerated bachelor’s to master’s programs. (ABM)



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*The application and all ​​required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab​ for the program must be received by the deadline.  If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Christine Hladik
Graduate Program Director

Last updated: 1/12/2024