Environmental Science, Professional Science Master Option, MS
Professional Master of Science
The Professional Master of Science option in Environmental Management is the first
of its kind in Oklahoma. It differs from other Environmental Science Graduate Program
degrees by providing students a springboard to industry-specific job opportunities.
Unlike the traditional master's degrees, this program emphasizes technical training
and the development of in-demand business and leadership skills. Students are able
to directly apply their learning in their jobs as they pursue their degrees.
At OSU-Tulsa, we offer the Professional Science Master Degree Program (PSM) in Environmental Management.
This non-thesis degree program has been approved for affiliation as a PSM degree by
the Commission on Affiliation of PSM Programs and is the first of its kind in Oklahoma. The Professional Science Master Degree
Program differs from other ESGP degrees by providing students a springboard to industry-specific
job opportunities. With its regulatory emphasis, the PSM program places high importance
on practical problem solving rather than on research; those who plan to pursue a doctoral
(PhD) degree are strongly encouraged to apply for our traditional MS degree which results in a thesis.
Master of Science, option in Environmental Science Management Professional Science
Master (PSM): A non-thesis, industry-focused degree recognized by the Commission on Affiliation of PSM Programs (PSM National Office). All PSM students are required to enroll in:
ENVR 5303 Issues in Sustainability: 3 credits. (Taught only in Fall semester.)
ENVR 5123 Environmental Problem Analysis: 3 credits. (Taught only in Spring semester.)
Graduate students in the Environmental Management PSM complete 33 credit hours which
include 9 hours of required core courses, approved science electives, and an internship
that requires spending 240 hours with a company or organization approved by their
committee. In lieu of a thesis, the student completes an internship. This experience
equips students with practical, hands-on experience for their careers.
The Advisory Committee will consist of at least two departments and least two different
graduate faculty groups. Four faculty members are on the committee. The outside committee
member is to represent the Dean of the Graduate College and must be a full member
of the Graduate Faculty. The outside member may not be from the same department as the Chair. Students create
their Plans of Study with the assistance of their advisor and committee. It must be
completed prior to completion of their 28th credit hour. For more information about
the Plan of Study, refer to the Graduate College.
All students are required to have completed college-level courses that address the
fundamentals and principles of chemistry, biology, and algebra prior to admission.
Applicants must have achieved a grade of "B" or better in this curriculum in order
to be eligible for admission into our program. The recommended cumulative grade point
average (GPA) for MS or PhD students is a minimum of 3.0 or higher.
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.
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.