Improve the environment while advancing your career with a graduate degree in environmental management.

In the Master of Science in environmental management program at University of Maryland University College, you will 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.

Almost every industrial, commercial, governmental, and military organization has to solve problems in pollution prevention and waste management. The graduate program in environmental management will give you expert decision-making skills and practical experience that can boost your professional value and give you the confidence to lead.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2018–2019 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Environmental Management Master's Degree

The curriculum for the master's degree in environmental management was designed with employers and industry experts to give you the qualifications, experience, and knowledge required of top professionals in the field. You'll gain real-world experience through interactions with actual organizations and use case studies to develop practical, applicable knowledge that you can apply right away on the job.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Assess threats, hazards, and risks to the environment from an organization's operations
  • Analyze and communicate health, safety, and environmental risks
  • Manage, plan, and conduct comprehensive environmental compliance, managerial, and liability audits for various industrial and commercial facilities
  • Develop a team and manage an environmental project/program for an organization or government agency
  • Use key technologies and software tools, such as Crystal Ball and ARC GIS
  • Develop planning documents for watershed management and air quality programs
  • Use different methods of measurement and modeling to complete the four core parts of a risk assessment
  • Lead projects involving hazardous and municipal solid waste, pollution prevention techniques, and waste minimization
  • Apply environmental economic principles to property rights, pollution damage and abatement costs, and cost/benefit analyses
  • Develop strategies for protecting workers in the context of organizational and budgetary constraints
  • Understand U.S. environmental and energy law and policy, including its development, implementation, and enforcement
  • Apply best practices in land use management, including where to build, how to build, and when to build

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

Introductory Course

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

Core Courses

  • ENVM 646
  • ENVM 648
  • ENVM 641
  • ENVM 643
  • ENVM 647
  • ENVM 649
  • ENVM 644
  • ENVM 650
  • ENVM 651
  • ENVM 652
  • ENVM 653

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • ENVM 646 and ENVM 648 must be taken within the first 9 credits of study.

Capstone Course

  • ENVM 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • 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.

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

This program is appropriate for midcareer professionals. We recommend an undergraduate course 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: Academic club
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Environmental Management Club offers its members opportunities to communicate with professionals in environmental management during monthly seminars. The club hosts discussions on how students can help preserve the environment, displays job openings and suggestions on how students can enter the field, and provides feedback to student questions about the environmental management major. The club organizes several activities, including a newsletter committee and the P3 grant competition.

Special Designations

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