Environmental Science (M.S.)

Bringing together in-depth study and real-world experience, Towson University’s master’s program in environmental science gives you specialized knowledge and skills to address the most pressing environmental issues and problems facing metropolitan areas.

Environmental science faculty and students

Why Earn a Master's Degree in Environmental Science?

From the effects of global warming to preserving the health of the Chesapeake Bay, environmental issues present problems informed citizens want to solve. The master’s in environmental science at Towson University will help you be part of the solution.

Our graduates are employed by environmental firms and government agencies across the region. Practitioners in the field and those looking for career changes will gain opportunities with the Maryland Department of the Environment, Department of Natural Resources, and local and national private environmental companies.

The program is targeted to individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a related field, professionals currently working in related fields who are looking to enter the environmental work force, and educators seeking to expand their knowledge of environmental sciences in metropolitan areas to improve their teaching.

The curriculum is interdisciplinary, with core courses led by biologists, geologists, and chemists. Experts from the private sector and government also teach in the program, providing first-hand counsel and guidance.

Kyle Farrington

About Our Students

Kyle Farrington’s love of the outdoors fueled his desire to improve the environment and pursue the environmental science master’s. After graduation, he hopes to work for the U.S. Geological Survey or the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Read his story

Select Your Concentration

Four areas of concentration were developed based on work force needs identified by regional environmental professionals. You can choose from the following concentrations

  • Biological Resources Management concentration
  • Environmental Spatial Analysis concentration
  • Water Resources Management and Assessment concentration
  • Wetlands Assessment and Management concentration

Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

View admission and degree requirements and course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog. You can also review approved electives for each concentration under the degree requirements section.

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WHY TOWSON university?

 Academic Advantages

  • internship opportunities through collaborations with local and regional environmental agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey and a number of international institutions
  • unique learning experiences working on National Science Foundation funded projects and in regional laboratories
  • accommodates working professionals with a flexible evening schedule
  • thesis and non-thesis options

Contact Information

Program Director

John Sivey, Ph.D.
Science Complex
Room 4301D
By appointment