Few universities throughout the New York metropolitan region -- or the nation -- offer both focused and applied training that you will find in the Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) graduate program at Pace University. Students completing this program will be prepared to think globally and address environmental problems facing our planet using cutting-edge technology and research that is fueling national and international policy.
Our multidisciplinary program provides you with core knowledge of basic environmental concepts and the opportunity to develop advanced skills and expertise in a broad range of subject areas. The curriculum blends a number of disciplines, allowing you to examine environmental issues from scientific, ethical, and legal perspectives, and identify and apply solutions to a variety of environmental problems. Curriculum specialization can be designed in various areas, including toxicology, aquatic ecology, conservation biology, geographical information, and surveillance systems. You will benefit from faculty on the leading edge of the latest environmental, scientific, and policy trends, experienced scholars who understand the dynamic nature of their fields. Their insight and expertise help you to bridge concepts you learn in the classroom to real-world applications. Students must successfully defend their thesis research for degree completion.
Pace alumni are successfully employed at a variety of organizations including, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, US Environmental Protection Agency, the Pfizer Corporation, Westchester County governmental agencies, Nature Centers, and consulting firms. In addition, many of our graduates go on to further study, such as PhD programs in Ecology.
Internships and Research
The experiential learning component of the curriculum is a thesis project that complements a student’s interest. Broad topics include conservation biology, wildlife management, aquatic ecology, endangered species protection, geographical information systems, toxicology, and renewable energy. Research is an integral part of the program. Students can perform their research in our state-of-the-art Dyson Hall of Science laboratories or in the field, nationally or internationally. The Program Director connects each student with a faculty member who specializes in the student’s area of interest. Students must successfully defend their thesis project for degree completion.
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Our faculty are the pillars of the MSES program. Our professors conduct quality research, have access to state of the art facilities, and make graduate students their priority. In addition, our faculty have connections at a diverse set of institutions, including the Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service, NY Department of Environmental Conservation, NYC Parks and Recreation, and New York City Audubon. We also have professors from the private sector, including private sanctuaries and the American Museum of Natural History. These diverse associations are extremely beneficial, helping our students become professionals through hands-on research at top institutions.
The MSES is a 33-35 credit program that can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Most classes are held in the afternoon or evening to accommodate working professionals. Entry into the program requires the following undergraduate courses:
- One year General Biology
- One year General Chemistry
- One semester Organic Chemistry
- College-level Physics and Calculus are recommended, but not required.
Scholarship opportunities are available for certain candidates, as well as competitive graduate assistantships.
The career options are extremely diverse with this degree, including the fields of:
- Renewable Energy
- Environmental Consulting
- Environmental Regulation and Assessment
- Conservation Biology
- Endangered Species Protection
Over the last few years, our graduates have enjoyed rewarding careers at the following agencies and
- The National Park Service
- Lockheed Martin Corporation
- New York Zoological Society
- City of New York Parks and Recreation
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- New York City Audubon
- The Shaw Group
- US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Philadelphia Zoo
- US Bureau of Land Management
- American Bird Conservancy
- US Forest Service
- Wildlife Conservation Society
- Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
- Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health