About the Program
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 worlds.
The PSM is built around a solid core of required technical and non-technical courses that provide common baseline knowledge. 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 course work and experience to real world problems. The program is structured to be completed in two years and emphasizes substantial flexibility in course scheduling (night classes, weekend and summer field work).
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.
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
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores sent electronically to school code: 2889
- Scores must have been taken within the last 10 years and are waived for master's degree holders.
- 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.
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.