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The world needs you now—to preserve biodiversity, work for environmental justice, reinvigorate science education, guide communities in planning for climate change, or promote sustainable practices in organizations, schools, and businesses.
Complete your degree in 16 to 20 months.
AUNE’s Master of Science in Environmental Studies is a 42-credit program that takes five semesters to complete. The 30-credit Master of Science in Resource Management and Conservation can be completed in four semesters.
Choose a Professional Science Master’s Option.
Help meet the demand for leaders in science- and math-related fields by earning a master’s degree recognized as a Professional Science Master’s. The Environmental Studies Master’s of Science (ESMS) Program has been approved for recognition as a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) by the Council of Graduate Schools. ESMS students can choose to follow either the PSM track of studies or the non-PSM track of studies.
Learn from faculty who love to teach.
Our faculty are committed, first and foremost, to creating great learning opportunities. You’ll find our faculty working side-by-side with students in the field and in the classroom, digging soil pits, mapping forest composition, tracking wildlife, and creating self-sustaining miniature biospheres.
Build your résumé and career network through internships and capstones.
Connect theory with practice by completing 6 credits of internship and a 3-credit capstone project in the field. Create and install a loon-nesting platform, research the spread of an invasive species, teach ecology at a residential learning center, meet with stakeholders on the siting of a new mall, or student teach AP science classes. We believe that internships and capstone projects are essential to your career development. You imagine the possibilities, and we’ll do everything we can to support you.
Choose a rigorous program.
AUNE produces some of the brightest scientists, managers, educators, and activists in the field. Your journey and hard work will be as rewarding as the benefits of your degree.
Play the field.
Study wolves at Yellowstone, tropical ecology and conservation in Costa Rica, alpine flora in the White Mountains, and forest and tundra ecology on Mount Desert Island. Optional field study trips provide expanded opportunities for learning.