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Master in Environmental Management

The purpose of Environmental Management graduate programs offered by Portland State University is to provide a curriculum that will develop scientists, managers, and educators who are able to analyze and understand environmental systems, predict environmental change and participate in the management of the environment.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 1 year
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $708 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Each Portland State University student conducts research and completes a thesis or project; each student develops depth in a specific academic area; and each student develops breadth through a set of core courses that include concepts in physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences.

Environmental Management students will complete lab or field thesis research. MS theses are based on a hypothesis driven research project that addresses an environmental question. Research may consist of field and/or lab research, though frequently it is a combination of both. MS students are advised primarily by a faculty advisor.


A Master of Science degree prepares students for additional research at the doctoral level and work in:

  • Environmental consulting
  • Resource agencies
  • City, county and state government
  • Industry

Courses Included

  • Portland’s Environment
  • Environmental Science
  • Orientation to Environmental Sciences and Management
  • Introduction to Environmental Systems
  • Applied Environmental Studies: Problem Solving