Master of Environmental Management

Admission Requirements

Applicants who are seeking admission to School of Graduate Studies must meet all the minimum general education requirements identified in the graduate catalog. In addition students must fulfill the requirements below for admission to Earth System Science and Policy M.E.M. degree program.

  1. Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have satisfactorily completed a minimum of college-level algebra plus 3 credits of college statistics or calculus.
  3. Have completed a minimum of 6 semester credit hours in natural sciences and 6 semester credits in social sciences, e.g., economics, sociology, psychology, political science, anthropology/archeology, or related fields.
  4. Have earned a minimum average GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, on all upper division college-level coursework.
  5. Submit score from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
  6. Statisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Environmental Management degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Earth System Science and Policy Department.

The overarching goal of all the degree programs offered in Earth System Science and Policy is to facilitate the acquisition of skills required to solve environmental problems or to seize opportunities presented by a changing environment. Much of the responsibility for learning rests upon the student.

  1. Students enrolled in the MEM program will take the following sequences. Students will complete the basic two-semester core sequence of courses during their first year of study.
    ESSP 503Environmental Policy & Science3
    ESSP 504The Biosphere3
    ESSP 505Energy Issues and Earth Systems3
    ESSP 506Ecosystem Services: Valuing Nature in a Market Society3
    ESSP 507Earth Systems Processes and Vulnerability Analysis3
    ESSP 508Hydrological Cycle in Earth Systems3
    ESSP 590Colloquium Series2
  2. A minimum of 36 credits, including three to nine credits for Internship is required.
  3. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500 level.
  4. A maximum of one-fourth (usually 8-9 semester credits) of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  5. By the end of the first semester the student will select a chair of her/his Advisory Committee and, in consultation with that chair, recommend membership on the Advisory Committee by the end of the second semester.
  6. Students must file with the School of Graduate Studies an approved program of study at the end of the second semester.
  7. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.00 from the start of the graduate program in ESSP, and comply with the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. Grades poorer than “C” will not be accepted as fulfilling degree requirements.
  8. Complete written and oral comprehensive examinations to qualify for candidacy in the MEM program. These will occur no later than one month before leaving for the internship and will entail a 5 to 15 page written description and an oral presentation of their intended internship project.
  9. In place of a thesis, MEM students must submit a comprehensive written report of their internship with an appropriate organization. The written report will be in the form of an Independent Study Report, following the guidelines and procedures for such a report set by the School of Graduate Studies. Students shall make a final oral presentation to an audience from the ESSP program, stakeholders affected by their project, and relevant professionals. Students shall provide the ESSP internship evaluation form completed and signed by their internship advisor.
  10. All exams will be administered and evaluated by the student’s Advisory Committee.
    ESSP 503Environmental Policy & Science3
    ESSP 504The Biosphere3
    ESSP 505Energy Issues and Earth Systems3
    ESSP 506Ecosystem Services: Valuing Nature in a Market Society3
    ESSP 507Earth Systems Processes and Vulnerability Analysis3
    ESSP 508Hydrological Cycle in Earth Systems3
    ESSP 590Colloquium Series2
    Electives5-11
    ESSP 597Internship3-9
    ESSP 997Independent Study2
    Total Credits30-42

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