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Program Missions

The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program provides students with an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems without sacrificing the training rigor of a specific academic discipline. The interdisciplinary emphasis is established through a carefully designed set of required courses that provide students with an understanding of environmental issues. The MES curriculum addresses these issues by teaching students the principles of scientific research, by giving students the tools to evaluate the potential environmental risks, and by helping students examine the role of public policy in environmental decision making.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) mission is to prepare public service leaders. Upon graduation MPA students will have the ability to think critically and creatively about public issues, the dedication and capacity to serve a diverse community and the skills to enter a professional position in a public organization. To accomplish this mission, the MPA program provides the following:

  • A rigorous core curriculum that examines the theoretical underpinnings of public service and provides concentrated areas of study in arts management, environmental policy, nonprofit management, and urban and regional planning;
  • An environment that nurtures a commitment to service;
  • Opportunities to support collaboration and the creation of partnerships among communities and public service organizations.

Degree Requirements

To attain both the MES and MPA degree separately, students must complete at least 80 hours of coursework. The joint program allows students to earn both degrees with a minimum of 56 hours rather than the 80. Each student is required to complete a set of core courses, a series of approved electives and an internship or thesis.

Core Curriculum

EVSS 601

Economic Theory for Policy Analysis (3)


Public Policy (3)

EVSS 632

Social Science Methods for Environmental Studies (3)

EVSS 646

Core Seminar (2)

EVSS 659

Environmental Statistics (3) or

EVSS 624

Biometry (4)

EVSS 610

Environmental Biology (3) or

EVSS 631

Pollution in the Environment (3) or

EVSS 640

Earth Systems Science (3) or

EVSS 650

Energy Production Management (3)

PUBA 600

Public Service Roles and Responsibilities (3)

PUBA 601

Research and Quantitative Methods for Public Administration (3)

PUBA 603

Managing Public Organizations (3)

PUBA 604

Managing Human Resources (3)

PUBA 605

Managing Financial Resources (3)

PUBA 701

Capstone Seminar (3)


Internship/Thesis (6)

Total core – minimum 41 hours

The student then selects a minimum of 5 elective courses from either program and approved by their advisor.