Earn a Coveted Degree and Protect Our Natural Resources
As the world’s population grows, the rate of ecological damage increases, prompting the need for more qualified professionals with the advanced analytical, technological and research skills needed to protect our environment. University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Environmental Science Master of Science will give you the essential training to meet this need and become a sought-after professional in the field. You will gain the opportunity to build upon your pre-existing knowledge and experience as well as learn cutting-edge concepts through rigorous scientific research. You will learn how to preserve natural resources and control biological, chemical and physical agents. Upon graduation, you will be a leader who can create the strategies that can help prevent environmental hazards for humans and other living organisms.
With a master’s degree in environmental science, you can refine your skills in helping businesses and organizations prevent further environmental damage. UHCL graduates have interned or found lucrative careers at renowned companies like Clean Harbors, ExxonMobil, BP, Honda, Amazon and Anheuser Busch. Positions range from environmental consultants and officers to water quality scientists and climatologists.
Select a Specialization to Suit Your Interests
Choose between in-person or online courses for the Environmental Science M.S. to best accommodate your schedule. With the in-person option, you must choose one of the following five specializations to complete the program:
With the in-person option, you will enjoy instruction by academically advanced professors who are certified in environmental science. You will also benefit from real-world experience, further preparing you for a rewarding career after graduation.
UHCL’s College of Science and Engineering has created a solid foundation of study designed to help you make your educational dreams a reality. Explore the classes you’ll need to take for your University of Houston-Clear Lake degree.
- Environmental Science M.S.
Standard Graduate Admission Deadline
ApplicationA standard university application is required.
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher on the applicant's last 60 hours of college credit is preferred, but a somewhat lower GPA may be accepted by some faculty committees, if the other criteria are favorable.
- GRE Total Score of 290 (150 Quantitative)
- A personal statement outlining academic background, academic and career goals, and declaration of a specialization under the Environmental Science degree plan. Two letters of recommendation are suggested, but not required.
- Additional Requirements – At least 34 undergraduate credit hours of natural science courses and 6 undergraduate credit hours of math courses prior to admission
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Deadlines for Applying
- Graduate Deadlines
Spring 2019Final - January 22
Summer 2019New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
Former UHCL Students - May 28
Fall 2019New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
Former UHCL Students - August 12
Spring 2020New Degree-Seeking Students - December 1
Former UHCL Students - TBA(Early January 2020)
Please note, some graduate programs have special requirements and different deadlines from those above. For more information visit How to Apply.
Former UHCL Students and non-degree seeking students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information.
- International Deadlines
Priority – March 1
Final – June 1
Priority – August 1
Final – November 1
Priority – February 1
Final – April 20
Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline
*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.
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Accreditations and Distinctions
The Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) officially recognizes the degree programs for Environmental Science–Industrial Hygiene B.S., Environmental Science–Safety B.S., Environmental Science-Industrial Hygiene M.S., Environmental Science-Safety M.S., and Environmental Science Occupational Health and Safety Online M.S. as meeting the requirements for Associate Safety and Health Manager (ASHM) Designation.