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Environmental Studies, Department of


MS - Environmental Studies

Graduate Coordinator: Will Russell, Advisors: Rachel O'Malley, Gary Klee, Lynne Trulio, Katherine Cushing

Requirements for Admission to Classified Standing

Basic requirements for admission to the Graduate Division are outlined in the Admissions section of this catalog. Contact the department or see our admissions materials for specific application deadlines. For admission to classified standing the department requires the following:

1. An undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies or a related field from an accredited institution.

2. A 3.0 or ("B") overall grade point average for the last 60 semester units of academic study.

3. The capability, in the opinion of the graduate committee, of successfully completing the degree requirements.

4. The removal of deficiencies if preparation differs markedly from the BS - Environmental Studies at San José State University (BA students may be required to complete general science background). Courses used to remove such deficiencies cannot be used to fulfill MS requirements. For further information see graduate coordinator.

5. A satisfactory score on the official Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test (GRE). Please note that no specialty is required. The exam results are used as an advisory tool, not as the sole determinant of admittance (or rejection) into the program.

6. Two letters of recommendation from university faculty members.

7. A personal statement of purpose that describes your background and goals and objectives for seeking the MS - Environmental Studies at SJSU. This letter should also convey a sense of focus and direction for thesis research.

8. A minimum score of 580 on the TOEFL exam for foreign students.

Requirements for Admission to Conditionally Classified Standing

If not accepted into classified standing, the applicant may qualify for the conditionally classified status for which the following will be required: the ability, in the opinion of the departmental graduate committee, to remove deficiencies in a period not to exceed the equivalent of one full-time semester of course work.

Requirements for Admission to Candidacy for the Master's Degree

The student may be admitted to candidacy for the MS - Environmental Studies by complying with requirements of the university, as outlined in this catalog.

Completing Requirements for the Master's Degree

In consultation with the department graduate coordinator, the candidate will develop and pursue a program of study. The candidate must successfully complete all requirements of the selected plan including the course work specified in the Master's Degree Approval Program. The University requires that all graduate students demonstrate competency in written English as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled "Competency in Written English" for details. For graduate courses that meet the competency in written English requirement, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website at www.sjsu.edu/gape.


Course Requirements

Graduate Competency in Writing0
At SJSU, students must pass the graduate competency in writing requirement. For information on the Competency in Writing Requirement, please see http://info.sjsu.edu/gcw.html.
Requirement of the Masters30
Plan A (with Thesis)30
Seminars9
ENVS 200. Seminar: Environmental Methods3
ENVS 250. Seminar: Environmental Thought and Philosophy3
ENVS 297. Research and Proposal Development3
Culminating Experience6
ENVS 299. Master's Thesis or Project1-6
Electives15
100 or 200-level courses in environmental studies or related fields selected with advisor's approval. At least 9 elective units must be in the form of field analysis, internship experience, laboratory work, or other form of application science.
Plan B (without Thesis)30
Under rare circumstances, a very strong project of appropriate scope and depth for master's level work might be approved in lieu of the thesis. This option requires the written consent of at least two graduate advisors, the graduate coordinator and the department chair. In addition to the required course work, Plan B students will take comprehensive examinations on four topics to be arranged by the student's project committee.
Seminars9
ENVS 200. Seminar: Environmental Methods3
ENVS 250. Seminar: Environmental Thought and Philosophy3
ENVS 297. Research and Proposal Development3
Culminating Experience6
ENVS 298. Special Study1-4
Electives15
At least 9 of the total 15 elective units must be in the form of field analysis, internship experience, laboratory work, or other form of application science. Elective courses must be 100- or 200-level in environmental studies or related field with advisor's approval.

Total Units:30

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