Master of Science in Environmental Analysis (MSEA) Degree

Program Learning Outcomes for the MSEA Degree 

Upon completing the MSEA Degree, students will be able to:

  1. Apply technical and analytical skills and scientific evaluation methods to help solve problems affecting the environment. 
  2. Demonstrate written, oral, and visual communication strategies required to work effectively across science, business, and government.
  3. Possess business and management skills and professional ethics to be effective in a business environment.

Requirements for the MSEA Degree

The MSEA degree is a non-thesis master's degree. For general university requirements, please see Non-Thesis Master's Degrees. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. Students pursuing the MSEA degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 14 courses (39 credit hours) to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level study (coursework at the 500-level or above).
  • A minimum of 24 credit hours must be taken at Rice University.
  • A minimum residency enrollment of one fall or spring semester of part-time graduate study at Rice University.
  • A 3-6 month internship. Instead of a thesis, at the conclusion of their internship, students must present their internship project in both oral and written form as part of the Professional Master’s Seminar. Part-time students who already work in their area of study may request approval to fulfill the internship requirement by working on a specific, pre-approved project with their current employer.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.67.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.67 in required coursework. 

Note: Some of the listed courses are not offered every year, and some may also have prerequisites or require instructor permission.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this degree program. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the program's academic advisor, or where applicable, the department or program's Director of Graduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the department or program's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MSEA Degree39

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
Core Science Courses
CEVE 501CHEMISTRY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE3
or CEVE 510 PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
EBIO 570ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT3
STAT 685ENVIRONMENTAL STATISTICS AND DECISION MAKING3
Cohort Courses
NSCI 501PROFESSIONAL MASTER'S SEMINAR (2 semesters required, 1st semester)1
NSCI 501PROFESSIONAL MASTER'S SEMINAR (2 semesters required, 2nd semester)1
NSCI 511SCIENCE POLICY, AND ETHICS3
NSCI 512PROFESSIONAL MASTER'S PROJECT1
NSCI 610 / ENGI 610MANAGEMENT FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING3
Three to Six Month Internship
A three to six month internship is required 1
Elective Requirements
Select a minimum of 21 credit hours as electives from courses listed below: 221
Environmental Sustainability
CHEMISTRY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
INTRODUCTION TO AIR POLLUTION CONTROL
HYDROLOGY AND WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING
ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES
ADVANCED HYDROLOGY AND HYDRAULICS
ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION RESTORATION
FATE AND TRANSPORT OF CONTAMINANTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOREMEDIATION
ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
PLANT DIVERSITY
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY LAB
ECOLOGY
ANIMAL BIOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY
GLOBAL BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLES
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS AND PERMITTING
TOPICS IN ECOLOGY
APPLIED PHYCOLOGY
TOPICS IN BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
CORE COURSE IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEMS
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND REPORTING
QUANTITATIVE HYDROGEOLOGY
REMOTE SENSING
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE
INTERGRATED APPROACHES TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT & HUMAN HEALTH
Management and Policy
ENGINEERING ECONOMICS
ETHICS AND ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP
ENERGY ECONOMICS
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
PETROLEUM INDUSTRY ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT
ENERGY POLICY
MANAGING ENERGY TRANSITIONS
FUNDAMENTALS OF THE ENERGY INDUSTRY
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW
OPERATIONS STRATEGY
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
BUSINESS LAW
Quantitative Decision-Making
UNCERTAINTY AND RISK IN URBAN INFRASTRUCTURES
ENGINEERING ECONOMICS
ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
REMOTE SENSING
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE
BIOSTATISTICS
R FOR DATA SCIENCE
SAS STATISTICAL PROGRAMMING
REGRESSION AND LINEAR MODELS
ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT & HUMAN HEALTH
Total Credit Hours39

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the MSEA Degree 

Environmental Analysis Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. As an additional resource for students, Environmental Analysis publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: http://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2018_19/Professional_Science_Masters_Handbook.pdf

Admission

Admission to graduate study in Environmental Analysis is open to qualified students holding a bachelor’s degree in a related field that includes general biology, chemistry, calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra. Department faculty evaluate the previous academic record and credentials of each applicant individually.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Environmental Analysis website: https://profms.rice.edu/home

Opportunities for the MSEA Degree 

Fifth-Year MSEA Degree Option for Rice Undergraduate Students

Rice undergraduate students have an option to pursue the MSEA degree by adding an additional fifth year to their four undergraduate years of science studies. Advanced Rice students in good academic standing may apply to the graduate program during their junior year. Upon acceptance, depending on course load, financial aid status, and other variables, they may then start taking required core courses of the Environmental Analysis program during their senior year. A plan of study based on their particular focus area will need to be approved by the PSM (Professional Science Masters) program director and a MSEA advisor.  

As part of this option and opportunity, Rice undergraduate students:

  • must complete the requirements for their bachelor's degree and the MSEA degree independently of each other (i.e., no course may be counted toward the fulfillment of both degrees).
  • should be aware that there could be financial aid implications, if the conversion of undergraduate coursework to that of graduate-level reduces their earned undergraduate credit for any semester below that of full-time status (12 credit hours).

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Environmental Analysis website: https://profms.rice.edu/home