P.S.M. in Environmental Science
The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Environmental Science offers working professionals and qualified undergraduates an education that is multidisciplinary and applications-oriented, preparing graduates for professional advancement in the business and regulatory world.
The PSM is built around a solid core of required technical and nontechnical courses that provide common baseline knowledge for all students. This core is supplemented by a broad selection of electives tailored to an individual’s specialty area. In combination, the core and associated electives form a curriculum that can easily adapt to the needs of individual students. A capstone research project in collaboration with a faculty mentor and a professional in the corporate or government sector allows students to apply their coursework and experience to real-world problems.
About the Program
The PSM in Environmental Science program is structured to be completed in two years and emphasizes substantial flexibility in course scheduling (night classes, weekend and summer field work). Undergraduate students interested in a five-year BS/ PSM accelerated dual degree option can pursue that option; undergraduate transfer students may also apply for the dual degree with their transfer application.
The program requires 36 credits for completion, including a capstone project. The curriculum consists of eight core course requirements and four electives. Core course requirements include five science courses, two professional courses and a capstone project. The entire core course sequence will be offered within two years during the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. The remainder of the curriculum consists of electives, at least five of which are offered over a two-year sequence.
Students meet regularly with their assigned advisor to plan and evaluate progress in their studies
P.S.M. in Environmental Science
Students with a bachelor's degree who wish to earn a master’s degree will complete 36 credits from a menu of courses (see curriculum below).
PSM Curriculum - 36 credits
|Core Courses- 24 credits|
ENSC 5101 Ecosystem Ecology
ENSC 5202 Environmental Quality
ENSC 5301 Land Use Planning
ENSC 5201 Watershed Management
ENSC 5302 Applied GIS
ENSC 5401 Project Management
ENSC 5402 Professional Writing
ENSC 5600 Capstone Project
Elective Courses- 12 credits
Elective courses should be chosen in consultation with your advisor. The electives offered in this program are dynamic. New courses are developed while established courses are eliminated.
Surface Water Hydrology
Soils, Sediments & Landforms
Environmental Policy/ Planning
Coastal Zone Management
Environmental/ Business Ethics
For course descriptions, please visit The University's Course Catalog.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, graduates should be able to:
- Work effectively in multidisciplinary, cross-sector teams to envision policy approaches to addressing environmental problems as they exist in the real world.
- Demonstrate the ability to listen as well as present information clearly, logically, and critically, both orally and in writing.
- Read, understand, and critically analyze the ideas presented in published texts (print and digital) and journal articles.
- Write reviews and reports or orally present on current topics in Environmental Science, including critical evaluation of research using cutting-edge practices, including an appreciation of the uncertainties, limitations, and values inherent in those ideas.
- Anticipate the global and social justice implications of environmental and other new knowledge and technological interventions and propose strategies for making outcomes more equitable. Identify and reconcile the differential impact across race, age, gender, class, etc)
While graduate admissions selection committees review applications until the start of the semester, by applying prior to the Priority Deadline, you can ensure that your transition to Stockton is as smooth as possible: you will be invited to the New Student Orientation Event, and have access to priority registration which means you may have more options for monthly installments of a payment plan, as well as greater options for class selection.
Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with an environmentally-related major (e.g., Environmental Science, Marine Science, Earth Science, Chemistry, Biology, or other related majors);
- Minimum college/university cumulative GPA of 3.0.
To be considered for admission to the PSM program, applicants must submit the following prior to the deadline:
- Discover Stockton Online Application (you must create a Discover Stockton Account)
- If you are a recent Stockton graduate, check to see if you qualify for the Direct Entry Option.
- Application fee: $50 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application
- Graduate application essay
- Three current letters of recommendation sent electronically via the Discover Stockton Application
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (including Stockton) mailed or dropped off directly to the Office of Graduate Studies
Dual Degree Option
The Accelerated BS/PSM program is an intensive five-year curriculum that offers students the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Environmental Science. Students take enough courses to meet all requirements for the undergraduate BS (Environmental Science) and then transition into the PSM program in their "senior" year, the fourth year of study. This program is designed as a terminal degree for students who want to obtain advanced skills that will prepare them for the workplace. Students interested in research leading to a doctoral degree should consider more traditional programs and are advised to enroll in the BS in Environmental Science, and take basic and applied science courses that prepare there for a broad range of research opportunities typical of a conventional graduate program.
Students may apply for early, conditional admission to the accelerated BS/PSM program as a freshmen and as late as the beginning of the second semester of their "junior' year.
Transfer students may apply alongside their application for admission to Stockton. They are considered for admission on a case-by-case basis, depending on prerequisites met and the likelihood of completing upper-level undergraduate ENVL courses by their second year. Exceptional transfer students who do not have prerequisites may be conditionally admitted in consultation with their advisors. These students may require more time to meet the requirements of the BS/PSM. Only students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 will be considered.
**Interested dual degree students must apply through the Office of Enrollment Management.
Frequently Asked Questions
All courses are offered during the evening or on weekends and some are offered during the summer.
A total of 36 credits are required including the capstone project.
Full time students can complete the program in 2 years.