Master of Science Admission and Application Information

The curriculum for the MS in Environmental Sciences allows students to gain strong scientific understanding of ways to study, evaluate, and interpret environmental realities and their impacts, as well as to manage and mitigate environmental problems. Objectives are to enable students to:

  1. develop a basic literacy in the natural and social sciences and the humanities as they contribute to an understanding of environmental issues;
  2. critically analyze environmental problems;
  3. identify, research, and evaluate environmental problems; and
  4. compare, contrast, implement, and manage short- and long-term solutions to environmental problems. The department recommends that students interested in the Environmental Sciences degree have prior knowledge of chemistry, algebra, statistics, and biology.

Three concentrations are available:

  • ES – General Environmental Science (A Faculty Research Advisor must be contacted before acceptance)
  • ES – Environmental Planning and Management
  • ES – Sustainable Development and Policy

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are the same for both online and on-campus students.

In order to be admitted into the Environmental Studies Master’s Degree Program, students must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university. Individuals need to have undergraduate or a work background sufficient for advanced course work in Environmental Studies. Applicants are expected to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Conditional admittance is available at the direction of the department.


  • Eight credit hours of undergraduate courses in natural sciences
  • Eight credit hours of undergraduate courses in social sciences
  • Completion of a 300-level or higher ecology course with a lab, with a grade of B or better (students without this can complete the course within the first year of the Master’s program, upon conditional admittance)

Application Information

  • Complete an online application to the University of Illinois Springfield
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from professors or employers addressing the applicant’s academic ability, work ethic, and personal integrity
  • Submit an Academic Essay
  • Applicants to the General Environmental Science concentration must identify a research advisor from the ENS faculty. Applicants may contact the faculty member of choice via email or phone.


Please Note: The deadlines for Graduate Assistant (GA) and Graduate Public Service Program (GPSI) Internships are March 15 for summer and fall semester admissions and the preceding October 15 for spring semester admissions. Applicants must be accepted into the degree program before they are eligible for one of these programs.  These options are for students in the Springfield or Chicago area.