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Environmental Management MS

Environmental Management MS

Designed around you!

We developed our program curriculum with input from industry, government, consulting, and nonprofit organizations, ensuring that you receive the broad-based comprehensive environmental knowledge, skills, and topical insight you need to excel in your career. Since its inception in 1974, our Environmental Management program has become one of the most respected in the nation, with hundreds of our alumni holding leadership positions.

Our flexible curriculum meets the needs of practicing professionals who seek to enhance their professional qualifications or move into the environmental field. While most pursuing our M.S. degree attend part-time, the program also serves full-time students. The degree is a good complement to a science or engineering background, but can accommodate students from any undergraduate major.

Students can tailor the degree to their professional needs by selecting electives such as water management, environmental risk management, permits and procedures, sustainability, coastal resilience, oil and hazardous materials spills, and more. Students also have the opportunity to take electives in other fields such as geographical information systems, toxicology, industrial hygiene and environmental geology.

As much as 80% or as little as 20% of the courses may be taken online. Non-online courses typically meet 7 to 10 p.m. one evening per week, and are hybrid, such that online material substitutes for two to five of the class sessions. This degree program is accessible to working professionals throughout the greater Houston area.

Internships. Campus Involvement. Networking.

Opportunities abound for students to gain experience and network with environmental professionals -- whether through participation with the Green Hawks student organization, hands-on learning by volunteering with or working at our Environmental Institute of Houston, attending meetings of local environmental professional organizations, or through community outreach projects and internships.

Our students and graduates work in a broad range of positions. Alumni are employed by state and federal agencies, municipalities, consulting firms, local industries, non-profit organizations, and more. These careers integrate management practices with environmental science and other disciplines to address environmental issues and minimize risks.

Providing Real-World Experience.

The environmental management faculty bring a wealth of professional experience into their teaching. Prof. Garland previously worked as a geologist with a large energy company, headed the mining and minerals division and managed an underground storage tank program in the environmental agency in another state, and was an independent consultant. Prof. Gossett was an engineer in the petrochemical industry before attending law school. She worked for a large law firm representing energy clients and later for a small law firm representing primarily community and non-profit organizations before beginning her career at UHCL. Both remain active with local professional and non-profit organizations, and have served on their boards.


Dr. Kathleen Garland

Ph.D. - Penn State University – Geology 

Dr. Lisa Gossett

J.D. - University of Houston Law Center
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering – Rice University

Degree Documents

Last updated: 03/02/2017 UTC
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