Master of Arts in Environmental Studies

Course of Study

Master of Arts in Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies is part of a three-program project at CSU, involving faculty from the three degree-granting colleges which collaborate to achieve our goal of an integrated, multi-disciplinary experience. (This collaboration is organized and coordinated by the CSU Environmental Institute. For information about the institute, contact (216) 687-4860.

The M.A. in Environmental Studies degree consists of four components: core competencies, core classes, electives, and an exit project. Core courses are shared with the M.S. in Environmental Science and the M.S. in Environmental Engineering, to allow students from the three masters programs in environmental studies, science, and engineering to interact and learn in a cross-disciplinary setting. Four electives may be used to specialize in a track. Finally, all students complete an exit project.

Required Core Courses:
Students in the M.A. in Environmental Studies Program must successfully complete the following course work:

Core Competencies: 9 credit hours
Core Courses: 19 credit hours
Electives: 12-16 credit hours (four class minimum)
Specializations: Minimum three courses from a concentration
Internship (optional): 3 credit hours
Exit Project: 4 credit hours
Total: Minimum 44 credit hours

All students complete the following core and core competency courses:

  • CVE 450: Environmental Technology
  • ENG 509: Technical Writing
  • PHY 570: Environmental Physics
  • EVS 506: Ecosystem Science
  • UST 595: Environmental Seminar
  • UST 601: Applied Quantitative Reasoning I
  • UST 603: Public Finance and Economics
  • UST 652: Environmental Policy & Administration
  • LAW 671: Environmental Law, Policy & Regulation

Areas of Specialization:
Students may choose to specialize in the following areas:

  • Policy and Administration
  • Environmental Planning
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Environmental Nonprofit Management
  • Sustainable Economic Development

Exit Project
Every student must register for four credits of exit-project course work (UST 698) and successfully complete an applied research report, an original project design, a policy-analysis-and evaluation paper, or a related project. Before registering for exit-project credit, the student and his or her advisor select a proposed exit project. The student must complete a Permission Form and obtain the required signatures prior to registering for the project. Students in the JD/MA program are not required to complete an exit project.

An internship is not required; however, students without related work experience are encouraged to seek an internship placement. Paid and unpaid internships are arranged through Student Internships and Mentoring. Interested students may receive elective credit for internship work.