Professional Science Masters with a concentration in Environmental Assessment, Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Graduate Certificate in Environmental Justice program details


Environmental Assessment program overview.

The following information applies to all three credentials.

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Summer - Feb. 2nd
Fall- May 1st

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Spring- Dec. 23rd
Summer- May 19th
Fall- Aug. 7th

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Professional Science Masters with a concentration in Environment Assessment

Admissions criteria

The admissions requirements for the Professional Science Master's in Applied Science with a concentration in Environmental Assessment include:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; The student must have an undergraduate major in the natural, physical, or applied sciences, engineering, or related fields, OR coursework of at least 20 semester hours in the natural and applied sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, physical geography, physics, and/or engineering). For those without the necessary background courses in undergraduate science and mathematics, some additional coursework will need to be completed prior to the start of the graduate student program.
  2. GRE not required.
  3. Statement of interest: This 1-2 page narrative should succinctly summarize your education, employment history, your long-term career goals, and how this degree program will help you achieve these goals.
  4. At least two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to offer judgment on your ability to undertake graduate-level work;
  5. International students must also meet the English proficiency, visa/I20, and financial support documentation. Admissions will not result in an F-1 Visa, as the program does not qualify for the F-1 Visa status. 

Curriculum and requirements

The Professional Science Master's with a concentration in Environmental Assessment requires students to complete 33 hours of coursework.
 

Private Sector Track:
Course Name & Number

Public Sector Track:
Course Name & Number

Credit Hours

PFS 804 Project Management for Professionals (3) 3.0
PFS 801 Interpersonal & Persuasive Communications (3) OR
PFS 730 Writing & Speaking for Decision Makers (3)
 
3.0

ENTR 701: Entrepreneurship-Starting Your Own Business (3) 
OR PFS 802 Managing Teams and Leading People (3)

PUAD 854: Innovation and Organizational Change (3)

3.0

PFS 803: Financial Management for Professional Success (3)

PUAD 835: State and Local Public Finance
 

3.0

 

Science concentration (12 credit hours)

Course name & number

Credit Hours

EVRN 616: Environmental Impact Assessment

3.0

EVRN 721: Environmental Regulation and Policy

3.0

Select two: EVRN 611: Water Quality, Land Use, and Watershed Ecosystems (3); EVRN: 740: Soil Science for Environmental Assessment (3); EVRN 750: Environmental Air Quality Assessment (3)6.0

Electives (select 2-4 courses to total at least 6 credit hours)

Possible courses listed below; electives to be taken should be selected with the assistance of advisor.

Course Name & Number

Credit Hours

BIOS 714: Biostatistics - Fundamental Biostatistics I (3)

3.0

EVRN 510: Advanced Environmental Apps in Geospatial Techniques (3)

3.0

EVRN 701: Climate Change, Ecological Change, and Social Change (3)

3.0

EVRN 720: Environmental Injustice (3)

3.0

EVRN 720: Community Resilience (3)3.0

EVRN 720: Wetland Delineation (3)

3.0

EVRN 730: Environmental Toxicology (3)

3.0

EVRN 736: Environmental Remote Sensing (3)

3.0

EVRN 737: Water Resource Sustainability (3)

3.0

EVRN 743: Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks (3)

3.0

EVRN 745: Environmental Data Analysis and Statistics (3)

3.0

EVRN 747: Fluvial Geomorphology (3)

3.0

EVRN 755: Energy and Environment (3)

3.0

 

Practica (3 credit hours)

Course Name & Number

Credit Hours

EVRN 814: Professional Science Masters EA Capstone I

3.0

EVRN 815: Professional Science Master's EA Capstone II3.0

 

Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment

Admissions

Individuals interested in applying to the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in one of the following areas: natural, physical, or applied sciences, engineering, or related fields, OR coursework of at least 20 credit hours in the natural and applied sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, physical geography, environmental sciences, or engineering).

For those without the necessary background courses in undergraduate science and mathematics, some additional coursework would need to be completed prior to the start of the graduate certificate program. 

Individuals who are not already enrolled as KU graduate students must complete an application to the Graduate School for admission into the certificate program and submit an application fee along with the following materials:

  • A Statement of Interest in the environmental assessment or environmental justice certificate program. This 1- or 2-page narrative should summarize your education, employment history, your long-term career goals, and how this certificate will help you achieve these goals.
  • Official undergraduate transcript.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with your academic work or qualified to offer judgment on your ability to undertake graduate-level work (former professor of instructor, workplace supervisor).

Current KU graduate students wishing to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment program will apply through the Graduate School. A student must be in good standing with their graduate degree program in order to participate in the certificate program. A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission. Awarding of certificates will be handled consistent with guidelines and timing of degree awards of the Graduate School. Completion of the certificate will appear on the graduate transcript. KU graduate students should submit the following materials:

  • A Statement of Interest in the environmental assessment or environmental justice certificate program and its relationship to your graduate course of study.
  • An unofficial copy of your KU transcript.
  • A letter of support from your graduate degree program (your advisor or graduate director).

Curriculum and requirements
 
Industries ranging from architecture, engineering and public policy require continued professional education for a variety of roles. The environmental assessment certificate provides certified specialization that professionals in these fields can add to existing credentials. The certificate requires the successful completion of four courses, 3 credit hours each:

  • EVRN 611: Water Quality, Land Use and Watershed Ecosystems
  • EVRN 616: Environmental Impact Assessment
  • EVRN 721: Environmental Regulation and Policy
  • One EVRN elective course

Graduate Certificate in Environmental Justice

Admissions

Individuals interested in applying to the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Justice should have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Individuals who are not already enrolled as KU graduate students must complete an application to the Graduate School for admission into the certificate program and submit an application fee along with the following materials:

  • A Statement of Interest in the environmental assessment or environmental justice certificate program. This 1-2 page narrative should summarize your education, employment history, your long-term career goals, and how this certificate will help you achieve these goals.
  •  Official undergraduate transcript.
  • A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with your academic work or qualified to offer judgment on your ability to undertake graduate-level work (former professor of instructor, workplace supervisor).

Current KU graduate students wishing to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Justice program will apply through the Graduate School. A student must be in good standing with their graduate degree program in order to participate in the certificate program. A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission. Awarding of certificates will be handled consistent with guidelines and timing of degree awards of the Graduate School. Completion of the certificate will appear on the graduate transcript. KU graduate students should submit the following materials:

  • A Statement of Interest in the environmental assessment or environmental justice certificate program and its relationship to your graduate course of study.
  •  An unofficial copy of your KU transcript.
  • A letter of support from your graduate degree program (your advisor or graduate director).


Curriculum and requirements

Environmental justice is an interdisciplinary field of study including environmental law, governance, policy, planning, philosophy, development, sustainability and ecology. Environmental justice emerged from an increased awareness of the disproportionately high impacts of environmental change and degradation to marginalized and socially vulnerable communities. It applies an equity lens to environmental issues and opportunities, and addresses impacts to socially, economically, and politically marginalized communities. The certificate requires the successful completion of four courses, 3 credit hours each:
Required Courses:

  • EVRN 528: Environmental Justice and Public Policy OR EVRN (ISP) 673: Environmental Justice
  • EVRN 721: Environmental Regulation and Policy

Elective Courses: Select one elective from each of the following two areas:
Science and Technology: (Choose one):

Online/Hybrid:

  • EVRN 510 Advanced Environmental Applications in Geospatial Techniques
  • EVRN 730: Environmental Toxicology
  • EVRN 743: Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks
  • EVRN 745: Environmental Data Analysis and Statistics
  • EVRN 750: Environmental Air Quality Assessment

Policy, Society, and Ethics (Choose one):

Online/Hybrid options: 

  • EVRN 701: Climate Change, Ecological Change and Social Change
  • EVRN 737: Water Resource Sustainability

In-Person, Lawrence campus options:

  • EVRN 620: Environmental Politics and Policy
  • EVRN 628: The Politics of Public Health (cross-listed as POLS 628)
  • ISP 800: Indigenous Issues in the United States

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