Professional Science Master & Certificate in Environmental Assessment
Faster Job Growth Projected in the Sciences
Job growth in the sciences is increasing, especially in this region according to the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute. Highly trained environmental scientists and specialists are in-demand as a result. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects demand for these jobs to increase by 28 percent through 2018, outpacing the average for all occupations. The BLS attributes this employment growth to increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth and increasing awareness of the problems caused by environmental degradation.
KU’s professional science master's program (PSM), offered through KU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has developed a graduate degree in environmental assessment for those interested in a range of environmental issues. The environmental assessment program is highly interdisciplinary, drawing upon natural or physical science training, project management experience and communications skills. The course content and the overall curriculum is based upon best practices as defined by the National Professional Science Master's Association.
There is also a 4-course certificate for those seeking a more immediate résumé builder or credential to complement existing graduate degrees. These courses serve as the foundation for the full PSM degree.
Current KU undergraduate students pursuing Environmental Studies may be eligible for the accelerated track option in this program.
Graduates of the program go on to become environmental scientists and specialists who protect the environment and human health. Through their work, they identify possible environmental effects of a project or program, propose measures to decrease adverse effects and predict those effects.
Andrea Salazar, recent program graduate, has seen the impact of her degree firsthand in industry. “The role I played when working [on my capstone project] with Sprint offered me a huge opportunity to make a real impact on their sustainability,” she said.