Environmental Science Management at SIUE
The environmental science management program from the Department of Environmental Sciences is a new kind of master’s degree, a professional science master’s (PSM). The PSM is a degree in science or mathematics for students interested in a wider variety of career options than provided by current graduate programs in the sciences and mathematics. The College of Arts and Sciences also prepares students for work in fields such as research management and technology transfer.
The New York-based Alfred P. Sloan foundation has helped launch SIUE’s environmental science management program, which has been developed in concert with industry and is designed to dovetail into present and future professional opportunities.
The main difference in the environmental science management program from other master’s degrees in the sciences is the real-world experience, internship and business courses that enhance students’ environmental sciences course work.
Part of the PSM degree program will be an internship opportunity (six hours credit) at an area company. The organizations currently represented on the Environmental Science Management Advisory Board are Ameren, Environmental Resources Training Center, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center, Professional Environmental Engineers Inc., U.S. Air Force (Scott Base), Illinois EPA, Leidos, MSSC LLC, Illinois Sierra Club, and Environmental Restoration LLC. This advisory board ensures that the environmental science management program meets the area’s workforce needs. At the end of the internship, students prepare a thesis or a research paper based on their internship experience.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Science Management
The professional science master’s degree in environmental science management is designed to fill a management need for technology-based companies, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. Graduates can pursue a variety of positions in the public and private sectors seeking scientists with project management skills, such as waste management specialist, environmental policy and technical analyst, environmental project manager for planning and implementation of resource management, remediation, restoration and sustainable practices. According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 15 percent through 2022, which is faster than average for all occupations in the United States.