The Master of Science in Global Environmental Studies (MSGES)

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Our Master of Science in Global Environmental Studies (MSGES) qualifies graduates with science backgrounds to understand and attack international challenges from a sustainable systems perspective, and prepares those with business backgrounds to develop intervention skills for dealing with environmental management problems.

The program features a high degree of flexibility for selecting courses suited to your career plans; an emphasis on research, data analysis, and publication ; opportunities for international collaboration; direct interaction with faculty scholars; and development of technical skills and certification. You will acquire skills certification, field experience, internships, and international/cultural training, and will be qualified for environmental technology careers, or to move forward in advanced graduate studies.

You will work directly with research faculty in a multidisciplinary department,  gaining extensive hands-on experience in well-equipped laboratories. The degree program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.

The program includes collaboration with professors and students at the China University of Geosciences (CUG) at Wuhan, including study abroad opportunities for U.S. students, and a student exchange program for Chinese students.

The Fast Start option offers undergraduate students at Bryant the potential to complete a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree at Bryant in five years. It is primarily for Environmental Science majors who can assemble 400/500 level courses to complete the program in a minimum of one additional year plus one summer, with the possibility of using the summer between the junior and senior year.

Completion of a thesis resulting from a laboratory or field research project is required. International experiences are encouraged.

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Applications are accepted at any time.  Once all application materials are received, you will usually receive a decision within one week.
No. Graduate coursework in Global Environmental Studies is open to any undergraduate major.  However, applicants without undergraduate coursework in the sciences or mathematics may be required to take preliminary coursework, which will be decided case by case.
No test is required of applicants with bachelor’s degrees in environmental science, biology, chemistry, ecology, geosciences, or applied environmental science. Applicants with non-related undergraduate degrees must submit GRE test scores.
An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for unconditional admission; applicants with a GPA of at least 2.75 may be admitted conditionally and allowed to continue in the program after earning a GPA of 3.0 or better in the first two graduate courses.
There are several reasons. First, the graduate curriculum addresses environmental problems and issues that occur all over the world.  Second, Bryant has cooperative arrangements with graduate programs in Asia and elsewhere that allow our students to work with faculty and students from overseas either here or at their home institutions.
Yes. Depending on the specialization you select you will get direct experience with information technology used by environmental experts, with typical laboratory and monitoring equipment and with the protocols environmental scientists use. Also, students have the opportunity to earn graduate credits for completion of approved field placements.
Yes. With the approval of your faculty advisor you may take a Bryant graduate course in Accounting, Communication, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Legal Studies, Management, Marketing, Public Policy/Government, or Statistics.
An undergraduate who has completed at least 90 credit hours and has an overall GPA of at least 3.0 may begin graduate studies.  Apply for Special Student status during spring semester junior year.

tuition information for 2014-2015 academic year

MSGES (10 courses)

  • $2,796 per course

Examples from the curriculum

Global Change and Geochemical Impact Elective
Green Technology for Sustainability Elective
Global Health Challenges – Epidemiology Studies Elective
Instrumental Analysis for Environmental and Life Sciences Elective
Biomarkers and Isotope Signals Elective
Innovation and the Global Energy Crisis Elective
Research Directed Study – Experimental Design Elective
Issues in Environmental Science Elective
Plant Diversity in Ancient and Modern Environments Elective
GIS Tools – Climate Change and Coastal Planning Elective
Environmental Policy: Decision Making and Problem Solving Elective
Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment Elective
Systems Modeling Elective
Biological Imaging Elective
Conservation in U.S. and China Elective
Thesis Research Required
Research Directed Study – Thesis Submission and Oral Defense Required

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