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Online Master of Science in Environmental Sciences

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Understand the Relationship Between Social and Natural Systems.

Be a leader in bettering our planet with a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences (ENVS) at LSU Online. Our MS in environmental science program equips those seeking to study the environment and develop environmental solutions with the knowledge needed to make a difference. The coursework consists of multidisciplinary scientific approaches to understand the relationship between social and natural systems. Students gain the knowledge and skill set needed to secure their future in the environmental science field.

Save Time and Money - You may be able to use prior learning, such as professional certifications and military training, to earn credits towards your degree. Ask your Enrollment Coach for more details.

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Earn a degree on your time

Earning the online master of science in environmental science allows students to complete their coursework while balancing work, family, and other responsibilities.

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Continued support

Throughout your entire academic journey a personal Leaner Concierge will be available to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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Learn from experts

Led by field-experienced experts, the MS in Environmental Sciences Degree is an advanced program that provides fundamental principles and techniques in a flexible learning environment.

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Ranked #9 on the 2020 College Consensus list of best online master’s in environmental and sustainability management.

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You may be able to find savings and earn credit from previous work or training, or as demonstrated by your industry certifications, through Prior Learning Assessment. Learn more.

Total credit hours per program: 36 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $546

Total cost with fees: $19,656

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Coach for the final program cost.

Course Listings

  • ENVS 7700 Integrated Environmental Issues | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 4500 Health Effects of Environmental Pollutants | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 4101 Environmental Chemistry | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 4261 Energy and Environment | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 4477 Environmental Toxicology | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 4149 Design of Environmental Management Systems | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 7112 Marine Ecotoxicology | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 4113 Multi-Media Chemical Behavior for Risk Assessment | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 7041 Environmental Policy Analysis | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 7050 Spatial Modelling | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 7043 Environmental Law and Regulation | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 7997 Environmental Practicum | Credit Hours: 2
  • ENVS 7995 Environmental Seminar | Credit Hours: 1

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with overall GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale. Applicants must have completed General Biology and General Chemistry. It is highly recommended applicants complete Statistics and Organic Chemistry.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores of at least 213 (computer), 550 (paper), or 79 (Internet), or IELTS score of at least 6.5 . 
  • GRE scores encouraged, but substitutions will be considered for exceptional applicants.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement expressing your interest in the program. In 500 words or less introduce yourself to the faculty, describe your professional and academic goals, and explain how you think our MS program fits your interests and goals.

Why choose LSU?

The passion and excellence that LSU stands for have earned the school a coveted "Tier One" spot in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges.” As the state’s flagship university, LSU has been preparing students for rewarding careers for nearly 150 years. Today, LSU is equally proud of its strides to make education more accessible through innovative online degree programs that are every bit as rigorous as its on-campus programs

Through the dedication of an exceptional faculty and staff, LSU is one of only 30 universities in the United States designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution. In addition, LSU is the only public top-tier university—and the only university in Louisiana—to receive the honor of being placed in the "very high research activity" category by the Carnegie Foundation.

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