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Portland State University — School of the Environment

Program Type:
Master's International
School of the Environment
Degrees Awarded:
Environmental Management (MEM)
Admissions Deadlines:

Students must apply to BOTH the University Graduate Admissions and to Environmental Science & Management. Admission for the Program is Fall Quarter only.
Application Deadlines are February 1 for the Environmental Science and Management Program and April 1 for the University Graduate Admissions.

Admissions Cycle:

February Application, once per year

Program Start:
Fall Quarter
Program Founded:
October, 2010


Four to eight credit hours will be assigned for Peace Corps service. Tuition costs for credits earned through Peace Corps service will not be paid by the student. Some financial aid in the form of Graduate Fellowships, Teaching and Research Assistantships is available on a competitive basis.


Portland State Program of Environmental Science and Management offers a Master’s Degree (MEM) in Environmental Management. The degree includes 45 quarter credit hours, approximately 4 quarters of academic study with a culminating project to be presented usually within 9 months of course completion. (time line may vary).

The Program offers an interdisciplinary approach designed to develop students' knowledge and skills to be able to analyze and understand environmental systems, predict environmental change, and participate in environmental management. The final course of study is developed through discussions involving the student, the student's advisor, and the MEM graduate committee.

Students will normally complete one year of academic study prior to Peace Corps. During field service students will complete 4 credits of a field project planned prior to departure and completed on return. 4 additional elective credits of Reading and Conference may also be taken. On return students may have between 1 and 10 credits to complete, including completion of the Field Project for presentation. Returning Peace Corps students will also act as mentors for new cohorts of PCMIs.


Admission to Graduate Study at Portland State is required. Students' academic background should include: biology and chemistry (c. 1 year), at least one course in physics and statistics and courses in differential and integral calculus. Students lacking this or equivalent background are recommended to take post-baccalaureate courses prior to admission.

All applicants must pre-identify a major advisor within the Program. For information on departmental admission and faculty research areas please see http://www.pdx.edu/esm.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Teresa Taylor
PCMI Coordinator

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
International Studies-INTL
P.O. Box 751
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751
(503) 725-9909
(503) 725-5320

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