Dr. Mark A. Ouimette, Program Director
This program is designed to prepare graduates to assume management positions in the
environmental service/compliance sector of public and private enterprises. It is an interdisciplinary
program, drawing on a spectrum of campus-wide expertise, to craft a series of environmental
management courses specifically designed for the program, always with real-world application in
mind. Two degree tracks are available; a thesis track and a professional track, which utilizes an
internship to bridge the graduate’s transition from the academic to the professional world.
Applicants for graduate study in Environmental Management must hold a bachelor’s degree from
a regionally accredited college or university. Admission to the program requires the program
director’s endorsement, which will be based on evaluation of the following elements:
Prior academic performance, which will be evaluated in regard to: 1) overall GPA; 2) GPA
in natural sciences; 3) overall upper level GPA; 4) previous graduate course work; and 5)
fulfillment of necessary prerequisites (see below). An overall GPA of 2.7 or a GPA of 3.0
in either natural science courses, upper-level courses, or graduate courses is considered the
If required, a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score for the verbal and quantitative subsets
or a full scale Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score. Scores at the 50th
percentile or higher are considered the norm.
A writing sample (personal essay) concerning the applicant’s reason for applying and how
the completion of the program will serve the applicant’s career goals.
Occupational experience in either the environmental or health and safety field (include in
the writing sample #3).
An interview with the program director.
Early Admission Option (Combined BS/MS Degrees)
This option is for undergraduate students at HSU who are enrolled in the environmental science
minor and desire to pursue the MS degree in environmental management (ENVM). With proper
scheduling, it is possible for a student to acquire both BS and MS degrees within five years.
Students in their senior year who meet the entrance requirements for the ENVM program may be
admitted to the program and take ENVM courses for graduate credit. Six hours of ENVM course
work (to include ENVM 5311) will count toward the student’s baccalaureate degree and reduce
the hours required for the MS degree as long as a minimum of 30 hours is completed for the MS
Successful applicants may then attempt an additional nine semester hours of graduate course work,
completing the first year of the ENVM program. Students who pursue this early admission option
and are not subsequently admitted to the ENVM program or do not complete the program, will
receive their baccalaureate degree, provided that all undergraduate degree requirements are met.
While interdisciplinary in nature, and accepting candidates with a variety of undergraduate
degrees, this program is technical and scientific. Two semesters each of biology, chemistry, and
geology, or the equivalent, are ideal for admission. Students lacking all or part of these
requirements, however, may still enroll in the program. Two environmental science courses are
required for the program (ENVM 5311 and 6311).