With more than 267 million tons of solid waste generated nationally each year, about 200 U.S. counties in nonattainment of the eight-hour ozone standard, and more than half of American rivers too polluted to support healthy aquatic life, the country has a clear need for environmental managers to implement pollution prevention and waste management strategies to meet our national goals for clean air and water. Almost every industrial, commercial, governmental, and military organization has to solve problems in pollution prevention and waste management. In the Master of Science in environmental management program at University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll learn the business management skills, industry-standard technology, and environmental science needed to assume high-level management responsibilities for environmental programs in a wide range of organizations.
Perfect for midcareer professionals, the environmental management program will give you expert decision-making skills and practical experience that can boost your professional value and give you the confidence to lead.
These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.
About the Environmental Management Master's Degree
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Assess threats, hazards, and risks to the environment from an organization's operations
- Analyze and communicate health, safety, and environmental risks
- Manage, plan, and conduct comprehensive environmental compliance, managerial, and liability audits for various industrial and commercial facilities
- Develop a team and manage an environmental project/program for an organization or government agency
- Use key technologies and software tools, such as Crystal Ball and ARC GIS
- Develop planning documents for watershed management and air quality programs
- Use different methods of measurement and modeling to complete the four core parts of a risk assessment
- Lead projects involving hazardous and municipal solid waste, pollution prevention techniques, and waste minimization
- Apply environmental economic principles to property rights, pollution damage and abatement costs, and cost/benefit analyses
- Develop strategies for protecting workers in the context of organizational and budgetary constraints
- Understand U.S. environmental and energy law and policy, including its development, implementation, and enforcement
- Apply best practices in land use management, including where to build, how to build, and when to build
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Select a disposal-facility site and implement a plan for waste collection, recycling, and environmental monitoring
- Analyze land use issues in the local community, using ARC GIS software, tools, and real data sets
- Use Crystal Ball, a risk assessment tool, to conduct an environmental and ecological risk assessment
- Work on a team for a sponsoring agency or organization to tackle a real environmental management project related to energy issues, siting of facilities, or sustainability
Environmental Management Master's Degree Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- ENVM 600
- ENVM 610
- ENVM 641
- ENVM 643
- ENVM 644
- ENVM 647
- ENVM 649
- ENVM 650
- ENVM 651
- ENVM 652
- ENVM 653
- ENVM 670
Course Rules and Program Progression
- ENVM 600 and ENVM 610 must be taken within the first 9 credits of study.
- You must complete 27 credits of program coursework before enrolling in ENVM 670.
- You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
- All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
- Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.
This program is designed to help you prepare for high-level environmental management in a wide range of organizations, including industrial, commercial, governmental, and military. Possible career areas include environment and safety analysis, sustainability management, environmental policy analysis, and environmental management.
Experience Recommended for Success in the Program
We recommend an undergraduate course each in biology or chemistry. Prior experience in an environmental field is also helpful. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Type: Student organization
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
The Environmental Management Club offers its members opportunities to communicate with professionals in environmental management through a variety of activities. Past activities include webinars with professionals and alumni in the field, field trips, assisting in local cleanups, newsletters, and a P3 grant competition.
This program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master's Degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Faculty members in this program hold or have recently held positions including
- Managing director
- Natural resources policy analyst and registered lobbyist
- President and founder
- Vice president
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- Arthur D. Little Inc.
- District of Columbia Department of Environmental Protection
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Farkas Berkowitz & Company
- Microsoft Corporation
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Senate Committee
- U.S. State Department