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Online Master's Degree: Environmental Management

Environmental Management
Master of Science
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • $524 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $480 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Develop advanced knowledge, skills, abilities, and dispositions in the online master's degree in environmental management at University of Maryland Global Campus. Network with classmates and learn from experienced faculty as you prepare for senior-level roles in a wide range of organizations. With online courses built for the working professional, UMGC also offers scholarships for eligible students, financial aid, an interest-free monthly payment plan, and no-cost digital materials in place of most textbooks to help make your education as affordable as possible.

Earn a PSM-Designated Environmental Management Degree 

Designed with input from employers, industry leaders, and faculty, our curriculum centers on ecosystem-based environmental management as it pertains to today’s most pressing environmental challenges. The program is built for individuals looking to enter or advance their careers in this growing field, and will help provide you with critical, real-world expertise in environmental policy, stakeholder engagement, auditing, risk assessment, and managing environmental systems. By assessing water, land, air, and climate systems and applying knowledge from a range of disciplines, you will learn how to formulate holistic, viable solutions to environmental problems threatening our ecosystems and natural resources.

By completing this online degree program, you may be able to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Participate in an intensive, career-focused capstone experience, in which you will have the opportunity to consult with and present to an organization like the Maryland Energy Administration or the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
  • Study in a recognized program that received a special designation as a Professional Science Master’s Degree through the Council of Graduate Schools.
  • Join the UMGC Environmental Awareness Club and interact with a variety of professionals through webinars, field trips, local cleanups, newsletters, and a P3 grant competition.

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Gain Valuable Knowledge in Environmental Management 

Environmental management is a global field with vast implications. Courses in this program emphasize environmental policy, communications and reporting, waste management, risk assessment, environmental economics, project management, land use management, energy policy, environmental sustainability, and more. Our faculty members contribute to and update the curriculum regularly with a focus on helping students achieve these learning goals: 

Pursue Highly Valued STEM Skills

Professional Science Master's Program

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Professional Science Master's Program

This program has received a special designation as a  Professional Science Master’s Degree program through the Council of Graduate Schools.

"Professional Science Master’s (PSMs) are designed for students seeking a STEM graduate degree who understand the need for developing workplace skills valued by top employers. The PSM is a perfect fit for professionals because it allows you to pursue advanced training and excel in science or math without a PhD, while simultaneously developing highly-valued business skills."

Source: Professional Science Masters Website

Lead the Charge in Eco-Friendly Careers

This environmental management degree program is designed to help prepare you for high-level roles in government agencies; industrial, commercial, non-profit, non-governmental, and military organizations; and more. At UMGC, you can progress at your own pace, network with your peers, and learn from instructors and industry leaders who currently work in the field. Our graduates may pursue careers in environment and safety analysis, sustainability management, environmental policy analysis, environmental science, climate change, and more.

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Industry Revenue
The environmental consulting industry in the United States grew to $25.1 billion in revenue in 2023.
Source: IBIS World | “Environmental Consulting in the US” | September 2023
Jobs in Environmental Consulting
There are more than 158,000 people employed in the environmental consulting industry in the United States as of 2023.
Source: IBIS World | “Environmental Consulting in the US” | January 2023
Projected Jobs Increase
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 6 percent increase in environmental scientist and specialist roles from 2022 to 2032.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | "Occupational Outlook Handbook" | 2023

Gain Real-World Experience in Your Environmental Management Courses 

Throughout the curriculum, your instructors will assign in-depth, hands-on coursework designed to help you gain the skills to perform ecological and human risk assessments; communicate scientific, economic, ethical, and legal considerations for audits and consultations; work effectively in teams; and engage ethically with a wide variety of stakeholders on issues related to the environment. 

In past courses, students have chosen to complete the following assignments: 

  • Determine the social, economic, and logistical considerations in siting a reuse, refurbishing, and recycling center in the Mid-Atlantic region for silicon-based solar panels. 
  • Analyze toxic site information near a particular city, share the information with your group, and evaluate the relative risks of the sites. 
  • Provide an audit report with root causes and corrective actions analysis. 
  • Develop talking points and read-aheads for meetings with relevant, specific stakeholders. 


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