M.S. Environmental Science

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The Master of Science in Environmental Science program will provide you with an interdisciplinary, applications-oriented education in environmental science. The program is designed to enable you to analyze and understand natural ecosystems, predict environmental change, and participate in the management of environmental issues. You will conduct research through completion of a thesis and develop depth in a specific academic area through the completion of focused course work. Additional breadth is added through a set of core courses that include concepts in ecology, environmental policy, applied sciences and quantitative methods.

Admission to the program

The MS Environmental Science program is a thesis-oriented research experience. Therefore, to be successfully admitted to the program a member of the faculty must sponsor you. Prior to applying to the program it is required that you contact one of the WSU Vancouver science faculty with research interests similar to your own about becoming your major advisor.

We do not accept students without a faculty advisor so please contact a faculty member in an area of research similar to your own about the potential for admission to graduate school at WSU Vancouver.


Graduate students in the M.S. in Environmental Science are generally supported on a combination of research and teaching assistantships. Fellowships in Environmental Science are available to support research through the School of the Environment. In addition, many of our students are supported by highly competitive fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other programs.


If you have questions please contact Dr. Cheryl Schultz, Graduate Program Coordinator, for more information.