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Master's in Environmental Sciences

Master's in Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences Department faculty will not be accepting students to the Master’s Program for 2024.  Stay tuned for future developments regarding the expansion of our graduate programs.

As the 21st century unfolds, the environmental consequences of human activities are manifest on many levels. While technological advances and our understanding of natural processes and human behavior have the potential to help solve environmental problems, there is a great need to integrate ideas across academic disciplines and among relevant agencies. At its core, the Master of Science in Environmental Sciences at Emory seeks to integrate ecological and earth sciences with policy and social sciences.

Students in the M.S. program in Environmental Sciences will gain significant research experience through thesis coursework, faculty mentoring and a required intensive research opportunity. In tandem with research, the program will emphasize proficiency in quantitative skills; students will engage in a two-semester sequence of environmental statistics. Students will gain teaching experience by serving as a Teaching Assistant for at least one semester of their program.

Ready access to faculty is an essential component of the program. Students will work closely with ENVS faculty to develop a research focus and thesis. Graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of settings upon completion of the program, having gained the expertise to relate scientific findings to policy decisions through an in-depth understanding of the complexities of scientific understanding and training.

Graduates from the MS in Environmental Sciences at Emory are prepared with a terminal degree to begin working across a variety of sectors. Graduates also have the foundation to pursue further scholarship and close to half of the students that graduate are pursuing PhD programs. Our alumni are working across sectors - from sustainable city management practice to the U.N. Environment Programme.

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Areas of Faculty Research

Atmospheric Dynamics and Air Pollution
Climate Science and Adaptation
Disease Ecology and Global Health·
Ecological Resilience
Ecology and Conservation
Environmental Policy and Management
Ichnology and Paleontology
Landscape Ecology and Epidemiology
Social-Environmental Sustainability
ENVS Faculty Research

ENVS Graduate Research & Writing Support Page

Tools faculty, graduate students, and librarians recommend for conducting research, thesis writing and recommended readings.


Tuition Information

Comprehensive information about tuition and fees for the graduate program is available through the Laney Graduate School.

We offer a limited number of tuition scholarships for accepted students. Notice of awards will be made when an applicant is offered admission to the program.

Contact Information

Questions? We invite you to contact the ENVS Graduate Programs Coordinator, Kim Awbrey (