Master's Professional | LSU College of the Coast & Environment

Environmental Sciences

Master's Professional

The professional MS option provides students with the requisite skills and knowledge to assume professional research and/or managerial positions within public, private, and non-profit organizations facing increasingly complex environmental challenges. The program is designed to emphasize interdisciplinary team research experience and to master skills in data analysis and oral and written communication.

The main difference in minimum requirement between the professional MS curriculum and the existing MS thesis option are:

  • The professional option includes three hours of more coursework than the research-based thesis option.
  • The professional option requires a team-research project or a research report from an internship, instead of a thesis, to be conducted by the students during the second year.
  • Professional MS students must take and pass a written comprehensive exam during the last semester.

The following are the minimum course requirements for the professional MS degree in environmental sciences. A suggested sequence of courses is summarized in Table 2:

  • 36 credit hours beyond the bachelor degree level; at least half at the 7000 level.
  • ENVS 7700 – Integrated Environmental Issues (3 hours)
  • ENVS 7995 – Environmental Seminar (1 hour)
  • 6 hours from each of the three priority areas (18 hours)
  • 3 hours from priority areas of choice (3 hours)
  • 8 hours of elective coursework, which can be additional coursework taken within or outside the department (8 hours)*
  • 3 hours research based on internship or a team project ( e.g. ENVS 7998, ENVS 7900)
  • Exit examination**

* Courses taken outside of the department must have the approval of the student’s advisory committee.

**During the last semester professional MS students must successfully complete a written comprehensive exam and deliver an oral presentation of a written research report from the internship or team project, one copy of which must be turned into the academic coordinator prior to graduation.

 

Table 2

Year MS-Thesis MS-Professional

Year 1

ENVS 7700 (3 hours)                  
ENVS 7995 (1 hour)                            
Group A (3 hours)
Group B (3 hours)
Group C (3 hours)
Priority Group (3 hours)
Electives (ENVS/outside) (3 hours)

ENVS 7700 (3 hours)                  
ENVS 7995 (1 hour)                            
Group A (3 hours)
Group B (3 hours)
Group C (3 hours)
Priority Group (3 hours)
Electives (ENVS/outside) (3 hours)

Year 2

Group A (3 hours)
Group B (3 hours)
Group C (3 hours)
Electives (ENVS/outside)  (3 hours)
ENVS 8000–Thesis research (6 hours)
Thesis Defense

Group A (3 hours)
Group B (3 hours)
Group C (3 hours)
Electives (ENVS/outside)  (6 hours)
ENVS 7997*–Team/Intern Project (3 hours)
Exit Examination