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MS Environmental Health Sciences

Offered On Campus in Tucson

The Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences is offered by the Department of Community, Environment, and Policy.  Using an interdisciplinary approach, Environmental Health Sciences provides the critical link between environmental and occupational exposures and human health.

The Master of Science degree is designed for individuals who seek training in environmental health research. It is anticipated that graduates will occupy positions as project leaders, program directors, and research personnel in academic, government, corporate, community group, and industrial settings.

The overall course of study will be developed by the student and their Faculty Advisor. The MS degree program requires approximately two years for completion including development and defense of a research thesis.

MS students may be admitted to the PhD program after successful completion of the MS degree.

Curriculum

MS in Environmental Health Sciences Competencies and Assessment Methods

Required Major Courses (21 units)

Elective Courses

Minimum of 15 elective units required for the MS - approved by Faculty Advisor*

Students select courses in areas of emphasis: Exposure and Risk Assessment; Climate and Health; Environmental Contaminant Modeling; or Occupational Health and Safety.

*Students should contact their EHS Faculty Advisor for a suggested listing of elective courses. In addition, there are a great majority of other University courses that can serve as electives for the MS in Environmental Health Sciences. Please consult with the Faculty Advisor regarding other University courses which would fulfill the elective requirements.

Required Master's Thesis: CPH 910 (6 units)

Total Minimum Credit Requirement = 42 units

Application Deadlines

Fall Application Deadlines

Priority:  December 1
Secondary:  March 1

Late:  After March 1, in the event that the program is not full, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 1.

Students who apply by the priority deadline will be given the highest priority for admissions and consideration for scholarships and assistantships.

Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria

  • Bachelor's degree required for MS applicants
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • At least one course in college biology
  • At least one course in calculus
  • Inorganic/general chemistry
  • Organic chemistry is recommended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose and objectives
  • Official GRE scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants
  • Relevant work/volunteer experience strengthens all applications
  • Detailed admissions criteria

How to Apply

Apply online through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for all of the accredited schools and programs of public health.

View more details on the steps to our application process.

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Milestones

Typical time to completion: 2 years full-time students, 3-4 years part-time students.

Average time to completion: 2.17

Program Steps to Completion (Full-time student timeline):

  • Attend mandatory new student orientation
  • First year is devoted to course work
  • Each Spring, complete an Annual Progress Report with Faculty Advisor
  • Second semester, identify Thesis Chair
  • Second year is devoted to course work and thesis research/development
  • If necessary, begin process for human subjects approval for thesis
  • Third semester, form thesis committee
  • Begin research/thesis development
  • Fourth semester, successfully defend thesis and finalize revisions

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