MS in Environmental Science (Thesis Option)

The Master’s in Environmental Science with thesis option is for students interested in advanced graduate coursework and experience in completing an original research project. Being admitted to the Thesis option is dependent upon identification of a specific faculty member to serve as advisor. Students should choose a research advisor during their first quarter. During the first year, students will begin their original research project. The findings of this work should be publishable in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Progress towards these degree requirements is overseen and guided by the selected Thesis Advisor, the Thesis Research Committee, and the Graduate Program Committee.


This degree requires 45 credits beyond the BS degree. A maximum of 12 credits for research and the thesis may be counted as part of the total. Students must devise a plan of study in consultation with the Graduate Advisor by the end of their first term. The plan of study is submitted to the Thesis Committee for final approval.

Key Components and Milestones of the MS Thesis Program

  • Research: Students are accepted into the laboratory of their Thesis Advisor by the end of the first quarter.
  • Research Committee: The Thesis Research Committee must be formed by the end of the second quarter.
  • Thesis Proposal: Thesis Proposal acceptance by the Thesis Research Committee must be successfully completed by the end of the first year.
  • Coursework: Coursework should be completed in the first two years of study.
  • Thesis: Each MS student should complete his/her thesis defense within 2-3 years. Drexel University requires that the thesis be finished within 5 years.
  • Thesis Defense

PhD Program

Any student passing the master's thesis defense may apply to transfer to the departmental PhD program through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. The application will be forwarded to the Graduate Committee for their recommendation to the Department Head.

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