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Environmental Sciences

Master of Science (M.S.)


College: College of Science and Mathematics

Description

Environmental Sciences Thesis Degree

Application Deadline:  February 15th for Fall Applicants      July 15th  for Spring Applicants

The Masters of Science in Environmental Sciences (Thesis track) is designed to provide all students with a cross-disciplinary introduction to environmental science. Students are required to complete a Thesis project and all MS core course requirements which include taking one class in each of three categories: Environmental Chemistry/Soil and Water Science, Environmental Policy, Law & Economics, and Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies.

Each student will also take 1 credit hour of Ethics, 2 credit hours of Seminar, 6 credit hours of Statistics and 6 credit hours of Thesis. In addition, each student will normally take courses in their specialty area sufficient to bring the total number of credits to the minimum of 30 required for the MS in Environmental Sciences beyond the Bachelor of Science Degree.  Any additional course work requirements will be determined by the MS Advisory Committee to meet the student's specific program needs.

For MS Thesis Track EVS students there are two public defenses: 1) Thesis Proposal and 2) Thesis Defense of their completed research.  Each of these defenses is followed by an oral examination given by the MS Advisory Committee.  One Qualifying Examination is also required.

A MS level research scientist must have the ability to form a research hypothesis based on previous knowledge in the area, design the critical experiments necessary to test the hypothesis, analyze the experimental data, propose additional experiments based on the data, and come to a successful resolution of the problem. Passing all exams implies that the student has sufficient critical thinking skills to be able to solve any problems that might arise during the research. Students must also acquire sufficient knowledge in the research area and at least one area of Environmental Sciences. Thus, these examinations are important milestones for assessing whether the graduate student has the necessary knowledge and skills to advance toward completion of the Masters of Science Degree (Thesis) in Environmental Sciences. 

Environmental Sciences Non-Thesis (Practicum) Degree

The Masters of Science in Environmental Sciences (Non-Thesis, Practicum) is designed to provide all students with a cross-disciplinary introduction to environmental science. Students are required to complete an Internship external to the university. Students are also required to complete all MS core course requirements which include taking one class in each of three categories: Environmental Chemistry/Soil and Water Science, Environmental Policy, Law & Economics, and Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies.

Each student will also take 1 credit hour of Ethics, 2 credit hours of Seminar, 6 credit hours of Statistics and 6 credit hours of Internship. In addition, each student will normally take courses in their specialty area sufficient to bring the total number of credits to the minimum of 30 required for the MS in Environmental Sciences beyond the Bachelor of Science Degree.  Any additional course work requirements will be determined by the MS Practicum Advisory Committee to meet the student's specific program needs.

MS Practicum students are required to take a Qualifying Examination, complete a final Practicum Report and publicly defend their completed Practicum Report. Passing all requirements implies that the student has the necessary knowledge and sufficient critical thinking skills to advance toward completion of the Masters of Science Degree (Non-Thesis) in Environmental Sciences.

  • Admission Process

    The Admission Process begins with an Online Graduate Application.  Applicants then follow up by submitting official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, a copy of their MMR immunization, and the documents mentioned below.  These need to be sent, by the deadline, to:

    Arkansas State University
    Graduate School Admissions
    P O Box 1570
    State University, AR 72467

    Questions?  Please email us at gradadmissions@astate.edu

     

    • A completed online application to A-State Graduate School, along with the $30 application fee
    • One copy of official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work attempted, to be sent directly from the institution(s) previously attended. The Graduate School will compute the graduate GPA by counting all graduate courses completed, including any repeated courses.
    • Three letters of recommendation to be reviewed by the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program Committee.
    • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) showing a minimum score of 150 on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam. (new scaled scoring system)
    • International student applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language if English is not their native language.
    • Statement of Purpose. In essay form, state your reasons for undertaking graduate study in the Environmental Sciences. Please describe your qualifications for the academic program to which you are applying and your objectives in undertaking this program. Applicants to the doctoral program should clearly outline their research interests. We are interested in how the applicant's interests would complement those research interests of the faculty. Applicants to master's program should discuss their plans for their academic and professional career and how the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences will help them attain their goals.
    • Resume (C.V.) List all colleges and universities attended, major extracurricular activities and employment, detailing particularly those relevant to your proposed field of study; any honors or prizes awarded; and publications and research projects with which you have been associated.