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Environmental Science Policy & Geography
Maintained by Dr. Bob Wang
MA Degree Completion Requirements
Master of Arts (MA) in Environmental Science and Policy
Graduate students in the Master of Arts in Environmental Science and Policy will satisfactorily complete, with a grade of B or better, fifteen (15) credit hours of Theme 1: Core Concepts in Science, twelve (12) credit hours of Theme 2 : Core Concepts in Policy and at least three (3) credit hours of Theme 3: Electives. Students will complete a comprehensive examination after all Theme 1 and Theme 2 courses. Six (6) credit hours of final project are required to successfully complete the required 36 credit hours for the Master’s degree.
Theme 1: Core Concepts in Science (all 5 courses required = 15 credit hours)
Theme 2: Core Concepts in Policy (all 4 courses required = 12 credit hours)
Theme 3: Electives (choose at least 1 = 3 credit hours)
Theme 4: Final Project (6 credit hours)
Each student will register for three (3) credits of EVR 6908 (Directed Individual Study) during each of his/her last two semesters, for a total of six (6) credits. Each student will work with the instructor to identify a relevant final project of interest to him/her and which should result in professional growth. The final project requires students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their course work via completion of a project. The final project results will be written up and presented to the department. To ensure quality control, each report will be evaluated by the instructor, the graduate coordinator, and the department chair.
Upon completion of all Theme 1 and Theme 2 courses, students will sit a Comprehensive Exam designed to assess that they have mastered the major concepts expected of a master’s-level graduate. A test bank will be created by the instructors of these courses and Comprehensive Exams will consist of questions chosen from the test bank. Students will be allowed two opportunities to pass the Comprehensive Exam. Students must pass the Comprehensive Exam to earn the MA degree.