Join the Master of Science Program at Oklahoma State University, one of the oldest
programs in the United States, founded in 1977. Our interdisciplinary program offers
a unique opportunity to integrate physical, biological, social and information sciences
to study the environment and creatively address complex environmental problems. Over
the last several decades our program has graduated over 340 Master’s students who
are now lead scientists at EPA, professors and deans at major universities, industry
and energy leaders, CEOs of environmental consulting firms, sustainability experts,
tribal environmental program leaders, environmental educators, and leaders in a wide
variety of municipal, state and federal agencies.
Our students are housed in one of many departments including Agricultural Economics,
Economics, Leisure Studies, Plant and Soil Sciences, Natural Resources Ecology and
Management, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Geology, Geography, Political
Science, Educational and School Psychology, School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership,
Sociology and Zoology. There are over 128 faculty affiliated with the ESGP at OSU and over 70 of these have served as faculty advisors.
The master’s degree with thesis in Environmental Science is a 30 hour Plan of Study
12 hours of required core courses (see below)
12 hours of elective courses
6 hours of thesis
The master’s degree in Environmental Science with the non-thesis option is a 32 hour
Plan of Study comprised of:
The Environmental Science Graduate Program (ESGP) at Oklahoma State University prepares
graduate students for careers as environmental scientists. Our interdisciplinary degree
program attracts and produces students capable of thinking beyond a single discipline.
We work with 30 different departments on campus so our students can choose from more
than 200 courses to develop a plan of study which addresses their individual career
All students are required to have completed college-level courses that address the
fundamentals and principles of chemistry, biology, and algebra prior to admission.
When the letter grade earned in a prerequisite course is less than “B”, the prospective
student may be asked to retake the course or take another that will prove proficiency.
To apply for the environmental science graduate degree program complete the following:
Curriculum vitae or résumé. For PhD applicants, this should include the citation of the completed Master’s thesis.
A Goal Statement (1-2 pages) explaining how prior academic and professional experiences
have prepared the applicant for graduate-level study and how the degree program will
contribute to the applicant’s career aspirations and desired areas of competency.
Three letters of reference. These should be from individuals who know the student
professionally, including academic advisors and former professors who can address
applicant’s academic record and potential for successful graduate-level work.
An Agreement to Advise Statement from an OSU faculty member who will serve as the
student’s advisor and Committee Chair; this can be in the form of an email from the
advisor to email@example.com. A list of faculty with environmental science research interests is available under the "About Us" menu item. Applicants can be provisionally admitted
with a temporary advisor, with the understanding that a permanent advisor must be
identified to continue in the program.
Spring - September 30th
Summer – January 30th
Fall – April 30th
Cost and Assistance
Many students help finance graduate education through part-time, paid employment as
a graduate assistant. As a graduate assistant, you can expand and apply your knowledge
and skills under the supervision of faculty or staff.