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"American University's location in Washington, DC, allowed me to volunteer at the Smithsonian while attending school. The easy access to top organizations across a variety of environmental science sectors was a big draw for me. The master's program also allows for significant personalization through electives so I can build coursework around my interests."
Stacy Hill
MS environmental science ’18

The MS in Environmental Science degree program prepares students to to become effective advocates for the environment and develop innovative solutions to pressing environmental issues.

Our curriculum consists of rigorous science- and policy-based courses and experiential learning that prepare our students for exciting careers in the environmental field.

Photo above: Environmental Science student during study abroad trip to the Galapagos.

Become a leader in solving the world’s pressing environmental issues.



Conduct research with American University faculty or at one of the many renowned research institutions in the area.
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Gain practical field experience through an internship at one of the many environmental organizations in the Washington area.


Career Paths

Typical positions our graduates hold are with the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation.
"The environmental science program offered me the best opportunity to grow as a scientist with a young department. They offer once-in-a-lifetime research opportunities for anyone who seeks them."
Colin Casey
MS environmental science ’17
“AU’s environmental science program offers rigorous lab and field experiences to train students as scientists, but really go beyond the norm by supporting students in fellowships and internships throughout Washington, DC. I’ve received great mentorship and support from the department while interning at federal agencies, a lobbying firm, and a nonprofit organization.”
Dorian Russell
MS environmental science ’18