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 (minimum of 39 credit hours) to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate-level study (graduate semester credit hours, coursework at the 500-level or above).
  • A minimum of 24 graduate semester credit hours must be taken at Rice University.
  • A minimum of 24 graduate semester credit hours must be taken in standard or traditional courses (with a course type of lecture, seminar, laboratory, lecture/laboratory, etc.). 
  • A minimum residency enrollment of one fall or spring semester of part-time graduate study at Rice University.
  • A maximum of 2 courses (6 graduate semester credit hours) from transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab.
  • 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 Project (NSCI 512). 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 or higher in all Rice coursework.
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.67 or higher in all Rice coursework that satisfies requirements for the non-thesis master’s degree.

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. Additionally, these must be approved by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. 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
BIOS 571ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT3
CEVE 501CHEMISTRY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE3
or CEVE 510 PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
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 7 courses (minimum of 21 credit hours) as electives from courses listed below: 2,321
Environmental Sustainability
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
TOPICS IN ECOLOGY (FALL)
TOPICS IN ECOLOGY (SPRING)
CORE COURSE IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEMS
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND REPORTING
CHEMISTRY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
INTRODUCTION TO AIR POLLUTION CONTROL
HYDROLOGY AND WATER RESOURCES ENGINEERING
ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND CLIMATE
ENVIRONMENTAL HYDROGEOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION RESTORATION
APPLIED SUSTAINABLE PLANNING AND DESIGN
SMART MATERIALS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
FATE AND TRANSPORT OF CONTAMINANTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
PHYSICAL CHEMICAL PROCESSES FOR WATER QUALITY CONTROL
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOREMEDIATION
ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY AND MICROBIAL ECOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
APPLIED MACHINE LEARNING AND DATA SCIENCE PROJECTS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN EARTH, ENVIRONMENTAL & PLANETARY SCIENCES
QUANTITATIVE HYDROGEOLOGY
REMOTE SENSING
EARTH AND PLANETARY INTERIORS
GRAPHIC AND VISUAL DESIGN FOR SCIENTISTS
APPLIED RISK MANAGEMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND GOVERNANCE (ESG) ISSUES IN STRATEGY
Management and Policy
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
ENGINEERING ECONOMICS
ETHICS AND ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP
GEOPOLITICS OF ENERGY
GEOPOLITICS OF ENERGY
ENERGY POLICY
MANAGING ENERGY TRANSITIONS
FUNDAMENTALS OF THE ENERGY INDUSTRY
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW
OPERATIONS STRATEGY
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
BUSINESS LAW
REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS
ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND GOVERNANCE (ESG) ISSUES IN STRATEGY
FOUNDATIONS OF PROJECT AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
Quantitative Decision-Making
ANALYSIS AND VISUALIZATION OF BIOLOGICAL DATA
ENGINEERING ECONOMICS
APPLIED MACHINE LEARNING AND DATA SCIENCE PROJECTS
REMOTE SENSING
EARTH AND PLANETARY INTERIORS
GRAPHIC AND VISUAL DESIGN FOR SCIENTISTS
FOUNDATIONS OF PROJECT AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
BIOSTATISTICS
R FOR DATA SCIENCE
SAS STATISTICAL PROGRAMMING
REGRESSION AND LINEAR MODELS
Total Credit Hours39

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the MSEA Degree 

Professional Science Master's Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. As an additional resource for students, the Professional Science Master's Program publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: https://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2021_22/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.

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the MSEA degree should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the degree.
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director on an individual case-by-case basis. 

Additional Information 

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

Opportunities for the MSEA Degree 

Fifth-Year Master's Degree Option for Rice Undergraduate Students 

In certain situations and with some terminal master's degree programs, Rice students have an option to pursue a master’s degree by adding an additional fifth year to their four years of undergraduate studies.

Advanced Rice undergraduate students in good academic standing typically apply to the master’s degree program during their junior or senior year. Upon acceptance, depending on course load, financial aid status, and other variables, they may then start taking some required courses of the master's degree program. A plan of study will need to be approved by the student's undergraduate major advisor and the master’s degree program director.

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

  • must complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree and the master's degree independently of each other (i.e. no course may be counted toward the fulfillment of both degrees).
  • should be aware 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).
  • more information on this Undergraduate - Graduate Concurrent Enrollment opportunity, including specific information on the registration process can be found here.

Rice undergraduate students completing studies in science may have the option to pursue the Master of Science in Environmental Analysis (MSEA) degree. For additional information, students should contact their undergraduate major advisor, the faculty MSEA program director, and the Professional Science Master's (PSM) program director. 

Additional Information 

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