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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Environmental Studies - MS

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Master of Science in Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies – MS6956

Environmental Studies Program
Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
Building 21, The Ridges
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring

Program Overview

The mission of the program is to equip students to understand and solve environmental problems, by integrating perspectives of biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Students may enroll full-time or part-time. Students taking a full-time course load typically complete the program in 1 year 8 months.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Describe environmental concepts and methods;
  • Formulate research questions and implement methods to answer these questions;
  • Evaluate environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • Demonstrate written and oral communication skills, and; 
  • Describe the value of community engagement

Opportunities for Graduates

The MSES degree provides students a multi-disciplinary foundation to address complex environmental challenges that require expertise across the natural, physical, and social sciences. Building on that foundation, the thesis and leadership practicum options foster in-depth expertise in a chosen issue area. Students are well-prepared to hit the ground running in the working world after training in the hands-on, applied learning-by-doing model with close collaboration with faculty, professional staff, and external partners.

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/voinovich-school/environmental-studies

Admission Requirements

  • A letter of intent detailing proposed topics of study within Ohio University’s applied learning experience. Applicants should connect proposed topics with their academic background, skills, and relevant work experience. This letter of intent is also evaluated as a writing sample.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Undergraduate degree transcripts
  • A list of three Ohio University faculty members whose classes or research connect most directly to intended areas of study
  • A personal interview is desirable but not required
  • Scores from a standardized test such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are optional
  • Meet university-wide English language proficiency requirements

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

The MSES degree requires a minimum of 36 credit hours for students in the thesis track and 40 credit hours for students in the leadership practicum track.


Complete a minimum of four elective courses. At least one course must be 1-3 hours of Special Topics (ES 5900/6900).

Research or Thesis Credits

Complete a minimum of 1 hour from among the following courses:

Leadership Practicum

Students in the non-thesis/leadership practicum track only must complete the following two courses:

Culminating Experience

Students must prepare a thesis or leadership practicum proposal and successfully orally defend the proposal before a three-person faculty committee (plus partner representative for leadership practicum).

Students must also prepare a thesis or leadership practicum and successfully orally defend it before a three-person faculty committee (plus partner representative for leadership practicum).

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