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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.

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 Associate Professor Mark Potosnak, who studies urban air quality and climate change. He is currently working with the Array of Things, an urban measurement project funded by the National Science Foundation; their work examines questions of environmental justice and ideas for improving the air we breathe.

“I appreciate the tight-knit community and the connections that I have made with my classmates, professors, and professionals in the field—this program has changed my life. I've applied the knowledge that I've gained from my courses to develop and implement my thesis research. I created the Evanston Host Plant Initiative in partnership with Natural Habitat Evanston, in which I am organizing community scientists to grow host plants for the endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, and take and upload photos of plants and bees to iNaturalist. My project is transdisciplinary, and includes elements of environmental sciences, sociology, and geography.”


Current MS student
Libby, DePaul Environmental Science and Studies student 

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 20,600 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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