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Master of Science in Environmental Studies

Master of Science in Environmental Studies

The world faces unprecedented environmental challenges. Ohio University’s Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) program prepares the next generation of environmental scientists, leaders and innovators with the skills and knowledge to tackle the complexity of modern environmental problems.

Rise to the Challenge

Founded in 1970, this interdisciplinary program is designed for exceptional students motivated by a variety of environmental issues. Students link knowledge from multiple disciplines to address real-world problems. The MSES program seeks students who want a learning-by-doing approach to develop their skills to innovate and advance solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges of our time. Students have backgrounds ranging from business, humanities, and the social sciences to the physical and biological sciences and engineering. Working closely with a faculty advisor, they are provided with experiential research, hands-on training, professional development and strategies to succeed in a fast-changing field.

Local to Global

The Environmental Studies program takes advantage of the local environment and global opportunities. Athens, the home of Ohio University, is located in one of the most scenic parts of Ohio, near 12 state parks and the Wayne National Forest. The region has an emerging rural economy with strengths in alternative and renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and waste to wealth enterprises. Environmental topics important to the area include:

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Community planning and organizing
  • Acid mine drainage
  • Water resources management
  • Natural resources, including timber and non-timber forest products
  • Industry located near the Ohio River

Students have the opportunity to utilize a range of on-campus and community assets. The University’s research facilities include The Ridges, a 740-acre area with forests and farmland, also home to the Voinovich School. Nearby watersheds offer study of the impacts of abandoned coal mines and thriving watershed restoration projects. Dedicated laboratories are committed to studying ecological systems, clean energy, geochemistry and water quality. Finally, the local social and environmental entrepreneurship ecosystem supports growth of ventures in the region.

Expand your impact

At the Voinovich School, students take advantage of the opportunity to effect change and broaden their impact through public service and policy. The School is comprised of faculty, professional staff, and students working in interdisciplinary project teams in the following areas:

  • Social innovation and public service, including education policy, government, non-profit management, public health and wellness, community engagement, policy analysis and program evaluation
  • Economic development and entrepreneurship
  • Energy and the environment, including climate change and resiliency, energy and environmental policy, bioenergy and watershed restoration

Alumni work in a range of roles at local, state, national and international organizations including:

  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Department of Interior
  • ReStore
  • Rural Action
  • Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers
  • The Wilds
  • RTI International
  • Cardinal Health
  • Lao Conservation Trust for Wildlife
  • Donovan Energy

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We accept applications at any time, but the deadline to apply to be considered for funding for the following fall semester is February 1. 

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  • Ohio Watershed Education

    Lessons and activities (Grades K-12) developed by the Appalachian Watershed Research Group to teach the importance of freshwater, how watersheds are a...
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  • Raccoon Creek Watershed Project

    The Raccoon Creek Watershed Project is responsible for project planning and maintenance, chemical and biological stream monitoring, as well as environ...
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  • Report details climate change threat to future stability

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