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Environmental Science (MS)

Environmental Science (MS)
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Think outside the greenhouse

Through our MS in Environmental Science program, you’ll gain the conservation land management skills and tools necessary to succeed in a wide range of environmentally focused careers.

You’ll be trained in

  • ecological restoration
  • species and landscape conservation
  • biodiversity management
  • green infrastructure management
  • ecological consultancy

All courses for this program are offered on the Lincoln Park Campus, and the core classes are offered in the evening. The program can be completed in two years.

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Study environmental science in one of the Midwest’s most diverse ecosystems

Chicago’s urban ecosystem is one of the most varied in the Midwest: ideal for fieldwork, exploration and study. The city is home to hundreds of community gardens, preserves and urban farms, including DePaul’s rooftop garden and greenhouse. Explore world-famous institutions such as the Field Museum, Morton Arboretum, Garfield Park Conservatory and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

“DePaul’s MS in Environmental Science program has allowed me to explore my passion for urban ecology by utilizing Chicago as a study site. Small classroom sizes and a truly dedicated faculty have helped to both shape my research as well as build a stronger network within the Chicago-area ecological restoration and urban forestry communities.”


Current MS student
Kaitlyn, DePaul Environmental Science and Studies alumnus 

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You may begin the program in any quarter.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, letters of recommendation, personal statement and official transcripts.

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Required Courses

You’ll take a total of 13 courses, whether you choose the professional or thesis track.

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of College of Science and Health graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.

Individualized attention from distinctive faculty

You’ll dive into unique explorations of applied environmental science with experts like Professor Liam Heneghan, an authority on urban ecological restoration and Associate Professor Mark Potosnak, who studies the effects of plants on urban air quality and how climate change impacts this interaction.

“I really enjoy getting hands-on experience through my work in DePaul’s greenhouse. It allows me to put into application what I learn in the classroom about ecological systems and management. My coursework in the Environmental Science MS program has encouraged me to explore career opportunities in the fields of conservation and restoration.”


Current MS student
Rolando, DePaul Environmental Science and Studies alumnus 

Alumni Network

Graduates of DePaul’s Environmental Science and Studies department hold a variety of positions at places like Verde Sustainable Solutions, Chicago Park District, Pizzo & Associates, Suburban Laboratories Inc. and Gabriel Environmental Services. You’ll also be connected to the larger alumni network of more than 17,500 graduates of the College of Science and Health.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Science and Health at (773) 325-7315 or

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