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M.S. in Environmental Science

Get Your Bachelor’s and Master’s in Environmental Science in just 5 Years.

You want to change the world, and you know it starts with changing the environment. 

Environmental scientists address the challenges facing our environment — outsized population growth, urban sprawl and industrialization, water quality, the rise of once-in-a-century weather events and much more — protecting natural resources and human health for a more sustainable future.

The Master of Science in Environmental Science caps the 4+1 bachelor’s and master’s environmental science program at Georgia Southern University.

The field of environmental science is not only rewarding, but steadily growing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, environmental scientist and specialist occupations are expected to grow by 5% each year until 2031 with an average annual salary of more than $75,000.

$75,000 per year

*Average annual salary according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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

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MS in Environmental Science Program Highlights

The environmental science program is offered through the James H. Oliver Institute for Coastal Plain Science (ICPS), an interdisciplinary research and education center directed toward understanding the physical and biological resources below the Fall Line and their sustainable use and management. 

  • Work with scientists and biologists with decades of expertise in the field. Get world-class instruction in the classroom and hands-on experience in a wide range of natural laboratories — forests, beaches, salt marshes, rivers and more — along southeast Georgia’s coastal plain.
  • Our interdisciplinary curriculum uses training from across the College of Science and Mathematics. Use data, perspectives and theories from the natural and physical sciences. Learn oral and written communication skills useful for presentations, grant proposals, scientific reports and journal articles.
  • Get an advanced degree faster by completing up to 15 hours of master’s degree requirements in the senior year of your undergraduate degree. Learn more about Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s (ABM) Programs.
  • Gain hands-on, real-world experience by completing a required Research/Internship
  • Study-abroad opportunities are also available for students.

Financial Aid and Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Students must have a GPA of 3.25 (4.0 scale) in major courses or will be admitted at the discretion of the graduate admission committee.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation will be required from individuals familiar with the applicant’s potential to complete graduate work.
  • The Applicant’s Statement of Purpose needs to include interest in the program, relevant research experience, and future plans.

Is Environmental Science the Program for You?

Environmental Science is a very broad field, so ask yourself questions like:

  • Do you enjoy doing research?
  • Are you interested in both science and policy?
  • Are you interested in developing strategies and solutions for common environmental problems?
  • Do you enjoy educating others and/or public outreach?

Environmental Science Careers

  • Climate Change Analyst
  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Restoration Planner
  • Environmental Technician
  • Industrial Ecologist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Meteorologist
  • Environmental Science Teacher
  • Microbiologist

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to secure a potential faculty advisor before I can submit an application to the program?

The MS in Environmental Science degree program is a non-thesis program, securing a potential faculty advisor is not required.

Can I use an unofficial transcript for application purposes?

Official transcripts are required for admission into the MS in Environmental Science program. International applicants must have their official transcripts evaluated by a NACES accredited evaluation service. See this page for more details:

Do I need to submit GRE scores upon applying to the program?

The GRE is not required for admission to the MS in Environmental Science program.

Will the department provide opportunities for funding an assistantship?

The MS in Environmental Science degree program is a non-thesis program, there are no assistantships or other types of support available.

Is a BS degree in Environmental Science required for admission to the program?

No, the MS in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary degree program and a BS in any of the natural science disciplines is sufficient.

Is there an application deadline?

Yes, the application deadline for the MS in Environmental Science is November 15 for admission in the Spring semester and April 1 for admission in the Fall semester.

Is there a possibility of getting my application fee waived?

We are unable to waive the application fee for the MS in Environmental Science program.

Have Questions? Contact Us!

Christine Hladik, PhD
Graduate Program Director
School of Earth, Environment and Sustainability
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8149
Phone: 912-478-5361

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Last updated: 2/12/2024