Master of Arts in Environmental Science

Wayne State's online master's in environmental science will prepare leaders with the knowledge needed to influence policies and practices addressing complex environmental challenges from pathogen transmission to climate change.

Our online M.A. program mirrors traditional classroom-based programs and focuses on a broad range of environmental issues through an interdisciplinary approach providing a strong foundation with biological and geological perspectives. Graduates will also master the use of geographic information systems used in a variety of applications.

Students in the master of arts in environmental science program can take advantage of fully online coursework that provides added flexibility and self-paced learning to fits around busy lifestyles and work schedules and enables students to study anywhere, any time to advance careers and academic credentials. By taking just two courses per semester, year-round, students can complete the masters in less than two years, or spread the classes out and complete them at a pace complementary to their lives. Students in the online master's program enjoy the benefit of basic in-state tuition, regardless of the state in which they reside.


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What can I do with a master's degree in environmental science?

The online M.A. degree prepares students to enter management positions in environmental science, or advance their careers in environmentally related fields and can also allow students the opportunity to later pursue a Ph.D. in related fields. Online courses enable students to continue their studies while working and contribute to the growth of their workplace.

About the program

This unique interdisciplinary master's program includes a collection of environmental science courses covering coastal and environmental geology, environmental DNA, conservation, environmental biology, environmental isotope geochemistry, biogeochemistry, remote sensing, BIG DATA analytics, climate science, ecotoxicology, and water quality, with the goal of giving its graduates a competitive edge in the workforce.

The proposed courses are relevant and useful for those who work in federal, state, and local regulatory agencies, environmental consulting companies and other sectors of the economy including energy (mining, pollution), public policy, finance (actuary science related to flooding/drought caused by human-induced climate change) and others.

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Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.