Portland-State-University 2022-2023 Bulletin

Environmental Science and Management M.S.

University master’s degree requirements must be met. In addition, specific degree program requirements are listed in each program.

The graduate study program is developed through discussions involving the graduate student, the student’s adviser, and the student’s graduate committee. The M.S. graduate committee consists of at least three members including the major adviser. The major adviser and one other committee member must be a member of the graduate faculty. The graduate committee must be approved by the ESM Chair.

To encourage the development of interdisciplinary graduate study programs, guidelines for course selection are flexible. M.S. students must complete at least 46 graduate credits.

M.S. Requirements

The M.S. program of study consists of the following minimum credit requirements:


Core courses (one from each core area and selected from program list)


ESM 507Speakers Series Seminar repeated 3 times, 1 credit per term


ESM 509Practicum


Quantitative analysis (selected from program list)


Area of concentration


Elective and supporting courses


ESM 503Thesis


Total Credit Hours: 46

Core courses

Core courses are required in physical environmental processes, ecological processes and environmental management for all master’s students. Lists of approved core courses are available from the ESM office or online at http://www.pdx.edu/esm.

Quantitative analysis

A course in research methods, experimental design, or statistical analysis, is required to ensure students have sufficient skills for environmental research.

Elective courses

Elective courses are to be defined in the student’s program of study, and agreed upon by the student’s adviser and graduate committee. Courses may be selected to provide additional background, to explore new areas, and to add depth to a scholastic program.

Thesis or project

A central purpose of the M.S. degree is to teach students the process of problem solving and research. A minimum of 6 credits is required. Students working toward the M.S. degree will be required to complete original research leading to a thesis, which complies with standards established by the Graduate School.