Master of Science in Global Environmental Studies

The Master of Science Degree in Global Environmental Studies is intended for graduate students interested in professional careers in the fields such as environmental management, policy making, NGO development, site assessment, toxics mitigation, renewable energy implementation, energy efficiency improvements, green building technologies, coastal planning, land use assessment, and wetlands protection.  The program features a high degree of flexibility for selecting courses best fitted to a student’s career plans, an emphasis on research, data analysis, and publication, opportunities for international collaboration, direct interaction with faculty scholars, and development of technical skills and certification.  The program includes collaboration with professors and students at the China University of Geosciences (CUG) at Wuhan, including study abroad opportunities for U.S. students, and a student exchange program for Chinese students.  Other international experiences will be developed.  A 4 + 1 program offers undergraduate students at Bryant a fast-start option for completing a B.S. and M.S. degree at Bryant, with a specialty focus that will prove to be advantageous for careers in the applied environmental fields, or as preparation for further graduate studies or certification programs.

Competencies and Learning Objectives

The integrated knowledge, skills, attitude, and judgment gained by the practitioner who completes the M.S. Degree in Global Environmental Studies will enable the graduate to:

  1. Use systems thinking for incorporating different types of technology and scientific information when making environmental decisions.
  2. Analyze cost/benefit factors involved in complex environmental problems.
  3. Conduct basic or applied research that provides a meaningful contribution to the scientific community and society as a whole.
  4. Understand and formulate sustainable solutions.
  5. Accumulate environmental expertise necessary to compete for environmental positions in government agencies, private industry, or non-government organizations (NGOs).

In order to prepare graduate students for successful careers in an environment-related field, or to enroll in further graduate study, the faculty are committed to having students accomplish the following learning objectives:

  1. Engage in interdisciplinary perspectives
  2. Amplify analytical skills
  3. Design and conduct experimental research (laboratory and/or field studies)
  4. Appraise and grapple with real world problems
  5. Extend international experience and widen global outlooks
  6. Experience dedicated advising and mentorship
  7. Scrutinize and interpret complex environmental systems
  8. Interact with environmental professionals

Admission Requirements for Master of Science in Global Environmental Studies

Applications are accepted and considered at any time (there is no application deadline). Students interested in the M.S. in Global Environmental Studies should be aware of the following considerations:

  1. Applicants should have a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science or a related field, with courses in biology, chemistry, ecology, geosciences, or applied environmental science.
  2. Math background should include calculus and statistics.
  3. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 in their major.
  4. Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree in a nonrelated field should provide GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing), and must have an overall GPA of 3.0.
  5. Applicants with training outside the environmental sciences, but with professional experience in environmental management, engineering, planning, or NGO work, will receive consideration, but may be requested to provide GRE scores to augment their application package if they did not have an undergraduate major in the sciences.
  6. Provisional acceptance is possible with GPAs ranging from 2.75 to 2.90, but such candidates must have a GPA of 3.0 at the end of six credit hours after starting in the M.S. Program.

For more information or to receive an application, contact Brad Martin, Interim Graduate Director for MSGES, Department of Science and Technology, at bmartin@bryant.edu.

In order to tailor the program for each graduate student, the foundation and applied courses can be completed in the sequence agreed upon during the admission process, with any changes to the program requiring the permission of the student’s Graduate Advisor and notification to the MSGES Graduate Director.

To complete the MSGES degree, seven content courses and three thesis courses are required for the student's degree program. Research and thesis courses are started midway through the program and culminate in an oral defense at the end of the program, prior to graduation.

An intensive 15-month sequence requires careful planning to meet the following guidelines: Fall Semester (3 courses); Winter Session (1 course); Spring Semester (3 courses); and Summer Session (3 courses across two 3-week sessions).

The following courses are available for selection by MSGES graduate students. Some courses are offered in alternative years, but most courses are also available by Directed Study arrangements with individual faculty members, as approved by the MSGES Graduate Director.

Select 7 courses from the following:
Biological Imaging
Instrumental Analysis for Environmental and Life Sciences
Innovation and Global Energy Challenges
GIS Tools Coastal Planning and Climate Change
Conservation in the U.S. and China
Environmental Policy Decision Making and Problem Solving
Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment
Global Change and Geochemical Impacts
Systems Modeling
Plant Diversity in Ancient and Modern Environments
Issues in Environmental Science
Biomarkers and Isotope Signals
Green Technology for Sustainability
Global Health Challenges
Graduate Practicum
Directed Study in Science and Technology
Required Thesis Courses:
Research Directed Study
Thesis I Thesis Research
Thesis II Thesis Research Thesis and Oral Defense


Interim Graduate Director

Dr. Bradford Martin


Brian Blais


Gaytha Langlois


Qin Leng


Hong Yang

Associate Professor

Kirsten Hokeness

Associate Professor

Dan McNally

Associate Professor

Christopher Reid

Adjunct Professor

Anne N. Reid