BS-MS Environmental Sciences
The Accelerated Master’s Degree Option, created for our top students, enables undergraduates to remain at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston for a graduate degree. Students eligible for the Accelerated Masters of Science in Environmental Science apply in their junior year and are offered admission to the Environmental Sciences Masters of Science program "early" (conditional). The requirements for the bachelor’s and master’s degrees remain unchanged. Students are able to complete both degrees within 5 years of full-time enrollment (15 credits per semester minimum).
What You Can Do With an Accelerated Master's Degree in Environmental Sciences
A MS in environmental sciences is a research-focused degree. With an MS in environmental sciences you are expected to lead within your organization. Alumni of our MS in Environmental Sciences program work as team leaders in risk management and climate adaptation planning, as group leaders in environmental monitoring and laboratory science industries, as natural resource managers in agencies and nonprofits, and as environmental advocates in non-government and government organizations.
About the Program
Students must be a declared BS in Environmental Science major with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher to be considered for admission.
Upon reaching 75 credits but no more than 90 credits and completing all requirements as noted below students apply for admission to the MS in Environmental Sciences and note intent to pursue an accelarated BS-MS.
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- take all 8 required 100- and 200-level courses and their 5 foundational science courses as well as Calculus 1
- completed at least 30 total credits and at least 3 required major courses in residence at UMass Boston
- completed 75 credits but no more than 90 credits
- passed the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE)
To qualify for admission to the accelerated BS-MS students must
Once enrolled students will begin taking graduate courses.
Students enrolled in the accelerated BS-MS Environmental Science program will fulfill the degree requirements of the BS in Environmental Science and the MS in Environmental Sciences.
Sutdents will earn 93 credits at the undergraduate level and 30 credits at the graduate level with graduate courses double counted to fulfill credit requirements for the BS degree. Students will apply for graduation upon completion of the BS and MS requirements and be awarded both degrees at the same time.
Students may elect to withdraw from the accerlated program at any time and, upon completion of their BS requirements, earn the BS.
All students in our MS in Environmental Sciences program complete research capstones through thesis research or project research. The accelerated BS-MS in Environmental Science allows students to pursue either option though is best suited for project research capstones as thesis research is more time intensive and may delay completion of the MS degree due to the nature of independent environmental research.
- The course requirements for the combined BS and MS degree program amounts to 123 credits versus 150 credits if they took earned both degrees separately.
- Graduate admissions will use an internal transcript as opposed to official transcripts
- New student deposit of $250 waived
It is important to note that students cannot receive their BS degree until their MS degree is completed. Students may withdraw from the accelerated BS-MS and earn their BS upon completion of the BS requirements.
In their fifth year, students lose their eligibility for any financial aid that requires undergraduate status and must file FASFA documents declaring graduate status to receive financial aid.
Graduate tuition and fee costs apply once the student is in their fifth year in the accerlated program as defined by completing the undergraduate degree requirements and enrolling in their MS capstone course.
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