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Why a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies?

Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary field that connects key concepts from many disciplines in an environmental context.

Our students draw on the ideas of many fields, such as science, economics and politics to understand and solve environmental issues.

Why Point Park University?

Our 30-credit environmental graduate studies program accommodates the schedules of students by offering an accelerated format of evening classes that can be completed in as little as one year.

As the only university directly in Downtown Pittsburgh, Point Park offers many unique features in its MSES program, including:

  • Highly-experienced faculty who have worked in the environmental field
  • Innovative curriculum that provides opportunities for networking, research and internships 
  • An urban experience for graduate students and the connection to various employers who are just steps from campus
  • Evening classes to accommodate busy students
  • Small class sizes

MSES Program at a Glance


Full time: One year (four classes per fall and spring; two classes in summer)
Part time: Flexible scheduling of classes

Start Date


Course Structure 30 credits (10 classes)


$881 per credit (plus a University fee of $49 and technology fee of $6 per credit)

Financial Aid

Graduate assistantships, alumni grants and graduate merit scholarships

Pictured is a student presenting at a Point Park M.S. in environmental studies graduate seminar. | Photo by Amanda Dabbs

Courses & Research Themes

As a Point Park University MSES graduate student, you will gain new perspectives and a broad knowledge of environmental issues from courses in environmental science, law, politics and communication.

Furthermore, depth in a specific theme of environmental studies will prepare you as a leader in problem-solving and communication.  

Research themes include:

  • Business communication of environmental issues
  • Federal & state environmental policymaking
  • Land trust conservation & management
  • Urban renewal and environmental sustainability
  • Wetland ecology & restoration

Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the classroom.

Learn from professors with extensive industry and academic experience in the environmental studies field.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Matthew Opdyke, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental studies.
  • Awarded various grants including one from the Coldwater Heritage Partnership to study the effects of acid rain 
  • Published author in Green Teacher Magazine and Ecological Society of America's website
  • Presented at Ecological Society of America Conference

Career Opportunities

With a master's degree in environmental studies, you will have the option to pursue various careers in areas such as:

  • Conservation science
  • Environmental consulting
  • Environmental health, safety and sustainability
  • Nonprofit public relations
  • Outreach and environmental education


Alumni Success

Learn where our graduates have gone on to build their environmental science careers.

More profiles
Pictured is MSES alumna Courtney Mahronich.
"Having a background in environmental studies has helped me with understanding the environmental benefits of trails and the importance of revitalizing our riverfronts."
Pictured is MSES alumna Michelle Wunderley.
"The M.S degree has helped me learn about the regulations and key problems that are hot topics in the environmental field. Having this knowledge really gave me a step ahead of many by just having a general knowledge of the regulations."

Learn More

For questions and additional details about the Master of Science in environmental studies program, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at or 412-392-3808.