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Environmental Science (MS)


Environmental Science (MS)

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 full-time employed 2017 College of Science and Health graduates are in a job related to their degree.

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.

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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