About this course
Spanning two fields, the two-year Professional Science Master's in Environmental Management and Sustainability (MSEM) is the first degree of its kind. It offers students the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in four different ecosystems in two different countries.
In this intensive program, each daytime class (Monday–Thursday) meets twice a week for one semester. You’ll study in Austin, Texas, and spend a month in Costa Rica conducting field research and learning from St. Edward's faculty and prominent local scholars.
This program uses high-level interdisciplinary approach and focuses on ecological issues through the combined disciplines of environmental science and project management. Students gain an in-depth knowledge of ecosystems and enhance their ability to apply tools and methods for assessing the effects of human impact on ecosystems.
Your complete application will include:
Online application and $50 application fee (waived if you apply by the early or priority deadline)
Essay – Describe your background and interests and explain why you wish to pursue the degree you are applying for and what you hope to accomplish in this degree program (3–5 pages)
Professional résumé or detailed work history
For MAC, MSEM and MACSD: competitive GRE test scores*
For MAC and MSEM: two letters of recommendation
For students who received instruction in a language other than English, TOEFL or IELTS exam scores, and transcripts submitted through a Foreign Credential Evaluation Service — such as AACRAO, Foreign Credentials Service of America or WES (World Education Services, Inc.) — are required.
*For applicants with a strong undergraduate GPA and three years of full-time work experience, we can waive the GRE or GMAT requirement and grant conditional admission. If admitted conditionally, your academic record will undergo review once you complete 12 hours of graduate study at St. Edward's. If you have earned a 3.0 GPA or higher, you may continue with your program.