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Environmental Sciences Professional, PSM

UMass Boston's Environmental Sciences Professional Master's (PSM) program is designed for working professionals and for individuals seeking to an advanced, non-research-based graduate degree. This program is an outgrowth of the need for science enterprises to put science savvy individuals into important positions that require a breadth of skills and knowledge.The PSM is open to those with baccalaureate degrees in a wide range of science, technology, engineering, and math fields, as well as students from other fields who have some undergraduate or professional experience in those areas. The program includes evening and online courses to be convenient to working professionals.

Application Deadlines:

Deadlines: June 1 for fall, December 15 for spring
Letters of Recommendation: 2
Other: 3.0 undergraduate GPA

What You Can Take

Current students in all track programs should refer to the graduate student handbook for the year they enrolled in the program.

The Environmental Sciences Professional Science MS degree directly addresses the need for environmental science enterprise to place cross-trained environmental science and business management professionals into important roles that require a breadth of skills and knowledge.

Learning Objectives for this program can be viewed here.

Students complete 30 credits of which 3 credits are internship credits which serves as the Capstone experience for this degree.

Program of Study

Required Courses (choose 1): ENVSCI 654 Professional Science Communication (online), BIOL 650 Scientific Communication, MBAACM 681 Analytical Writing in Management, MBAACM 682 Oral Communication for Managers

Envlronmental Policy, Law, and Management Core (choose 1): ENVSCI 616 Environ. Policy & Admin., ENVSCI 670 Environmental and Energy Economics, ENVSCI 674 Climate and Energy: Law, Policy and Management, ENVSCI 675 Economics of Renewables, ENVSCI 718 Environmental Law and Policy, ENVSCI 726 Coastal Zone Management, MBA AF 631 Environmental Accounting and Finance

Quantitative Analysis Core (choose 1): ENVSCI 601 Intro. Prob. & Applied Stats, ENVSCI 611 Applied Statistics, ENVSCI 623 Introduction to GIS, ENVSCI 662L Chemometrics

Environmental Sciences Core (choose 2): ENVSCI 630 Biological Oceanography, ENVSCI 635 Environmental Toxicology, ENVSCI 640 Chemistry of Natural Waters, ENVSCI 641/642 The Geochemistry of a Habitable Planet, ENVSCI 646 Global Ecology,  650 Physical Oceanography, ENVSCI 657 Fluvial Hydrology, ENVSCI 665 Ecological Risk Assessment, ENVSCI 670 Remote Sensing

Business Management Core (choose 1): MBAMGT 650 Organizational Analysis and Skills, MBAMGT 651 Personnel and Human Resource Management, MBAMS 651 Project Management

Electives (choose 3): Choose from any 600+ course offered through ENVSCI, UPCD, BIOL, MGT to complete the required 30 credits

What You Will Learn

After completing your Environmental Sciences Professional Science MS you will be prepared to serve as in administrative and management roles that require combined skills of science and business. You will have deep and practical knowledge of the environmental sciences as well as project management and communication. 

What You Can Do with an Environmental Sciences Professional Science Masters

Environmental Sciences Professional Science alumni are employed as sustainability officers, team leaders, department heads, and managers across multiple employment sectors from federal and state environmental agencies to nonprofits to industry. All share in common skills that integrate the environmental policy and science disciplines with management and communications training. These skills are in high demand through the environmental workforce and with these skills alumni are able to maintain professional growth throughout their careers.

Application and Admission

Application Information
Information for International Graduate Applicants

Cost of Attendance

General Information
Tuition and Fees

Graduate Student Aid

University-funded Graduate Assistantships
Grant-funded Research Assistantships
Off-campus Internships and Cooperative Education

Program Faculty

Program Contact

For questions about the PSM program, contact or Professor John Duff at

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