About The Program

ESM Student in labIn today’s world, no habitat is untouched by human activity.  Global climate change, coastal erosion, loss of biodiversity, invasive species and pollution are just a few of the major issues we are facing. At Sacred Heart University, you will gain the environmental science skills you need to tackle these problems and land a job in Federal, State or private sector environmental firms.  Our M.S. in Environmental Science & Management program, offering non-thesis or thesis tracks, has the flexibility to also make you competitive for positions in top Ph.D. programs.

With an M.S. in Environmental Science & Management, you’ll be well equipped to confront  challenging environmental problems—and help lead efforts to protect and restore valuable ecosystem services. Grounded in the basic sciences, the program will help you understand the complex interactions between the living and non-living portions of the environment. 

In this dynamic, in-demand program, you’ll:

  • Gain the quantitative reasoning, practical and applied skills you need to succeed in the environmental science field,
  • Understand the complex factors – including human activities and policies – that influence the sustainability and health of the earth’s environment,
  • Become competent in modern environmental analyses and assessment methodologies (e.g. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping, Analytical Instrumentation, Digital Data Collection, Survey Methods including  water, soils, plants and animals )
  • Gain the essential professional skills required to succeed in today’s job market, including oral and written communication, teamwork and problem solving and the fundamentals of business management 

ESM student testing fish samplesResume Building Experiences: Internships
During the summer between your first and second year of the program, you will either work as an intern or as a research assistant or both!  Many opportunities to intern at environmental consulting and manufacturing firms exist in the area. You’ll gain the real-world experience that top employers seek. Past and/or current internships include: IVI, U.S. Army Core of Engineers, Metro North Railroad, the Greenwich Inland Wetland Commission, Aspetuck Land Trust and the Mystic Aquarium.