Master of Science in Environmental Health



The Master of Science in Environmental Health is designed for students pursuing careers in Environmental Sanitation, Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Water Resource Management, Environmental Toxicology, and others.

MSEH Program Information

Program Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

  2. A 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

  3. An acceptable score on the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

  4. A minimum of 30 semester hours of natural and physical science courses, including at one (1) semester of general microbiology, one (1) year of general biology, and one (1) year of general chemistry; college algebra and trigonometry or higher math are also required.

  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation.

MSEH Coordinator

Admission is based on the GPA, GRE scores, quality of recommendation letters, strength of background (coursework, college attended, and work experience), and available space in the program. The department can grant conditional admission to candidates not meeting all of the minimum requirements. For example, work experience and letters of recommendation can be used to justify conditional admission for students not meeting one of the minimum requirements (e.g., GRE scores below what the department considers suitable). All applicants must submit an official transcript, GRE scores, and letters of reference before their application will be reviewed.

Graduation Requirements
  1. For the thesis option, a minimum of 30 semester credit-hours of courses and four (4) semester credit-hours of ENVH 5960 (Thesis). Thesis option students must complete and defend a thesis as approved by the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee. For the non-thesis option, a minimum of 36 semester credit hours of courses and a course-related research project. The research project must be completed as an additional requirement for a course within the graduate program and taught by the student’s major professor.

  2. All designated deficiencies must be removed prior to completion of the program. Degree Competencies

  3. The maintenance of a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Continuation of a student who earns below a 3.0 is based on the current academic regulations established by the School of Graduate Studies.

  4. Environmental Health Practice I (ENVH 5100) is required of all students who lack an undergraduate degree in environmental health.

  5. Seminar (ENVH 5910) must be completed during the first semester of residence.

  6. Pass a written comprehensive examination demonstrating core course competency (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Toxicology, Environment Health Practice, and designated concentration). The examination must be taken in the final semester of the student’s program, and it will be administered on a designated date each year.


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