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PROFESSIONAL SCIENCE MASTER'S
The Environmental Science Management program 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 and 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 coursework.
Part of the PSM degree program will be an internship opportunity (6 hours credit) at an area company. The organizations currently represented on the Environmental Science Management Advisory Board are Ameren, CH2M Hill, Environmental Resources Training Center, National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center, Granite City Steel, Olin Brass, Pangea Group, Professional Environmental Engineers Inc., SAIC Inc., and US Air Force (Scott Base). This Advisory Board ensures that the Environmental Science Management program meets the area's workforce needs. Companies such as these will be providing the internship opportunities. At the end of the internship, students prepare a thesis (or a research paper) based on their internship experience.
In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, admission to this program requires a positive recommendation from the Environmental Sciences Admissions Committee. The program requires all prospective students to submit a letter stating their academic and professional goals. The GRE is required for those students whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 (4.0 scale). Additionally, for those students whose GPA is below 2.75 (4.0 scale), two letters of recommendation are required. Applicants with less than a 2.5 GPA will ordinarily not be admitted. Students must have a baccalaureate degree in a science major. Computer literacy is strongly encouraged.
Competitive graduate assistantships through the Environmental Sciences Program and Competitive Graduate Awards through Graduate Studies and Research are available. The Office of Student Financial Aid administers most of the University's financial aid programs.
PROGRAM OF STUDY
The Master of Science degree in Environmental Science Management requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate work.
Required core courses (8 hours): ENSC 505, 506, 510, and a 3- or 4- hour 400- or 500-level statistics course.
Internship (6 hours): ENSC 590.
Business Courses (9 hours): To be selected with adviser.
Required emphasis courses (12 hours): ENSC 511 or 512, 540, and at least two other ENSC electives.
Final Research Paper or Thesis (3 hours): ENSC 597 or 599.
Within the first semester of study, the student must select a graduate faculty member as thesis or final research paper chairperson for the graduate degree committee. The chairperson will advise the student on course work and research. Within the first year of study, the graduate degree committee must be complete, consisting of the chairperson and two or more additional graduate faculty members. The graduate degree committee should consist of faculty with expertise or interests that are appropriate to the student's academic background, goals, and career interests. The graduate degree committee and the student will develop a thesis or final research paper outline before the work begins. The thesis or final research paper is then approved for initiation and supervised by the committee chairperson.
Following the completion of the program of study, including the thesis or final research paper, the student will present the thesis or final research paper, open to the public, to the graduate committee for critique and must pass a final oral examination administered by the graduate committee.