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 2021–2022 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

  • Formulate holistic, ethical, and viable solutions to environmental issues by applying knowledge and skills from a range of disciplines, such as science (physical and behavioral), history, and economics
  • Apply critical thinking skills to anticipate, identify, and evaluate resource and pollution issues
  • Devise a professional development plan to maintain or develop the knowledge and skills necessary to address rapidly evolving environmental challenges
  • Communicate with audiences clearly and in culturally competent ways in a variety of contexts
  • Utilize teamwork, leadership, and ethical reasoning skills with a wide range of stakeholders to address contemporary environmental issues and the impact of solutions through an environmental justice lens
  • Evaluate possible change management strategies needed for a more sustainable future

Coursework Examples

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.

Master's Courses

Initial Requirement

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • ENVM 600
  • ENVM 610
  • ENVM 641
  • ENVM 643
  • ENVM 644
  • ENVM 647
  • ENVM 649
  • ENVM 650
  • ENVM 651
  • ENVM 652
  • ENVM 653

Capstone Course

  • 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.

Other Requirements

  • 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.

Career Preparation

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.

Special Designations

Professional Science Master's (PSM) LogoThis program has received a special designation as a Professional Science Master's Degree by the Council of Graduate Schools.