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Master's in Environmental Science in New York

Several schools throughout the State of New York offer master's degree programs in environmental science. Students can earn a Master of Science, Master of Arts, or Master of Professional Studies and may be able to customize their learning experience through electives.

College of Staten Island CUNY

Students can earn a Master of Science in Environmental Science at the College of Staten Island CUNY with a concentration in environmental biology or applied environmental science. The program consists of 30 credit hours with courses in ecology, Earth science, the biosphere, and applied environmental science.

Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University in the City of New York has a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy (MPA) program that consists of one year of full-time study and prepares students for leadership positions in environmental sustainability. Columbia also offers an energy & environment (E&E) concentration option for both the MPA as well as the Master of International Affairs program.

CUNY Brooklyn College

The MS in Earth and Environmental Sciences program at CUNY Brooklyn College consists of 30 credit hours and emphasizes independent work and research. Students can alternatively pursue a Master of Arts in Earth and Environmental Sciences, which prepares graduates for work in laboratories and consulting companies (30 credit hours).

CUNY Queens College

Students can earn a Master of Arts in Geological & Environmental Science at CUNY Queens College by completing 30 credit hours of coursework and can choose one of 16 focus areas, including global climate change and isotope geochemistry. Students can alternatively pursue a Master of Science in Applied Environmental Geoscience with the same specialization areas, such as atmospheric sciences and environmental geology & geochemistry (30 credit hours plus internship).

Long Island University

The Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences at Long Island University offers a Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability program that educates students in environmentally sustainable solutions through an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students are required to complete 33 credit hours through a hybrid format and take courses in environmental geochemistry, environmental geology, and sustainable land use.

Pace University

Pace University has a Master of Science in Environmental Science program that consists of 33 to 35 credit hours, with afternoon and evening classes offered via full-time or part-time study. Students can create a curriculum focus area in geographical information, aquatic ecology, toxicology, conservation biology, or surveillance systems, among others.

Rochester Institute of Technology

The Master of Science in Environmental Science program at Rochester Institute of Technology consists of 30 credit hours and can be completed in two years. Graduates are prepared for various environmental sustainability careers, such as field biologist, environmental scientist, research engineer, and environmental analyst.

SUNY College at Brockport

The 30-credit-hour Master of Science in Environmental Science & Ecology program at SUNY College at Brockport emphasizes natural resource conservation, research, and the link between human activities and Earth's environment. Students are able to select 22 to 23 credit hours of courses based on their interests, including courses in aquaculture, limnology, environmental science, and air pollution.

SUNY College at Plattsburgh

Students can pursue a Master of Science in Natural Science with a concentration in environmental science at SUNY College at Plattsburgh. The program consists of 30 credit hours and includes courses in research methods, river ecology, sustainability, and environmental law & policy.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry offers both Master of Professional Studies and Master of Science programs in environmental science; students can also pursue both degrees simultaneously (with 8 credits being applied toward both programs). Both degree options consist of 30 credit hours and offer concentrations in ecosystem restoration, coupled natural & human systems, environmental & community land planning, human dimensions of the environment, environmental monitoring & modeling, and water & wetland resource studies.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
College of Staten Island CUNY MS in Environmental Science $10,770 in-state
$19,920 out-of-state
Columbia University in the City of New York MPA in Environmental Science and Policy
MPA and MIA in Energy and Environment
$46,216
CUNY Brooklyn College MA in Earth and Environmental Sciences
MS in Earth and Environmental Sciences
$10,770 in-state
$19,920 out-of-state
CUNY Queens College MA in Geological & Environmental Science
MS in Applied Environmental Geoscience
$10,770 in-state
$19,920 out-of-state
Long Island University MS in Environmental Sustainability $22,050
Pace University MS in Environmental Science $30,408
Rochester Institute of Technology MS in Environmental Science $45,520
SUNY College at Brockport MS in Environmental Science & Ecology $11,090 in-state
$22,650 out-of-state
SUNY College at Plattsburgh MS in Natural Science - Environmental Science $11,090 in-state
$22,650 out-of-state
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry MPS in Environmental Science
MS in Environmental Science
$11,090 in-state
$22,650 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Several schools throughout New York offer environmental science master's degree programs that can typically be completed in two years. Students can pursue a variety of master's degrees, including a Master of Professional Studies or Master of Science with an environmental science concentration, to prepare for careers in sustainability, research, and science.