Environmental Studies MS

Master of Science in Environmental Studies


Our unique bioregional approach shows students how to connect deeply to their local ecological and human communities wherever they end up during their professional careers. The Master of Science in Environmental Studies program comprises 36 credits, which include five foundational courses and three areas of concentration to choose from–conservation biology, environmental communication, or a self-designed focus. The emphasis on practical and local application of knowledge and development of a professional network prepares students for success, whether they are just launching a career or looking for growth in an established position. Our M.S. in Environmental Studies students graduate with the knowledge and confidence to be leaders and join a nationwide community ready to make a difference. 

Our Master of Science in Environmental Studies demonstrates that a thoroughly place-based approach to online education can build community at a distance and create a web of connected bioregional experts. 

Join a cutting-edge community ready to make a difference in the world.

Leading Faculty: Our faculty are nationally known as leaders in their fields, and have in-depth experience as teachers, researchers, and practitioners. 

Make Connections in Your Own Community: The bioregional approach encourages students to engage with stakeholders and make connections with professionals in their communities, building networks and making real-world contributions through applied assignments and capstone projects. 

Learn Online: Our online degree allows students to balance their lives. Classes are conducted online, with mentored studies opportunities. 

Integration with Other Graduate Programs: Choose electives from any of the other graduate programs we offer. 

A College Recognized for Environmental Leadership: The strong emphasis on ethics and sustainability that permeates our curricula and community produces graduates inclined to activism in environmental, political, and social issues. 

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  • Demonstrate a solid foundation in environmental science, humanities, law/policy, and systems thinking, and show the capacity of each disciplinary area to shape engagement with specific environmental issues in their bioregion.
  • Analyze contemporary environmental issues at local, regional, and global scales through the lens of multiple disciplines.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the theories related to their specific area of focus in environmental studies.
  • Develop and demonstrate through projects a suite of sophisticated skills related to applying theoretical knowledge to problem-solving.


  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Forest Ranger
  • Field Ecologist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Conservation Advocate
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Outdoor Adventure Leader
  • Communication Manager
  • Environmental Journalist
  • Renewable Energy Analyst
  • Land-Use Planner
  • Zookeeper
  • Green Entrepreneur

Professional Opportunities to Address the Climate Crisis (Projected)

Title Growth Salary Impacts

Renewable Energy Tech



Mitigating carbon emissions

Health Education Specialist



Public outreach

Community Service Manager



Public outreach, stakeholder engagement

Social Worker



Public outreach

Environmental Protection



Remediation and enforcement

Water Resource Management


$101,790 (AZ)

Policy and conservation

Administrative Services



Municipal planning

Political Scientist



Law, policy, trend analysis

Agricultural / Food Scientist



Food security and equity

Atmospheric Scientist



Climate modeling, meteorology

High School Teacher




Conservation Scientist



Sequester carbon; biodiversity

Regional Planner



Design resilient, sustainable systems

Environmental Communications Specialist



Messaging for public outreach

Emergency Management



Disaster response, relief

Wildlife Biologist



Preserving biodiversity

Resilience Coordinator



Planning for disturbance

Resettlement Planning



Resettling the displaced


From policy, law, and ethics to conservation, restoration, and communication, environmental issues cross many disciplines, and the study of these connections is increasingly urgent as we explore how to reduce the human impact on our supporting ecosystems and adapt to changes already in progress. With a bioregional emphasis on practical and local application of knowledge, this program allows students the flexibility to gain expertise and credentials to move ahead with careers in their own chosen fields.

The MS in Environmental Studies begins with a core of six courses that establish a foundation based in climate science, policy, ethics, history, ecology. and leadership. Students then develop specific depth through their choice of concentration: Conservation Biology, Environmental Communications, or a Self-designed path developed in collaboration with the program director. Your concentration will consist of 12 credits, combining required context courses and  supporting electives. Students will also complete a Practicum (3 credits) and a Thesis or a Capstone Portfolio before graduating. This program is designed to be completed in two years. 

Core Courses Include:

Ecology, Culture, & Community

Understanding Climate Change

Environmental Law & Policy


Environmental History & Philosophy

Organizational Transformation & Sustainable Leadership


Elective Courses include:

Conservation Biology, Ecological Restoration, Conservation Genetics, Environmental Photography, Field Botany, Forest Ecology, Limnology, Geographic Information Systems, Grant Writing, Land Use Planning & Policy, Environmental Communication, Media Advocacy, Online Content Creation, Field Journaling, Natural History Writing, and Environmental Administrative Law. Students can also choose electives from other graduate programs at Prescott College.


  • List of References
  • Completed Application
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement