Graduate Program

Grad students and R. O'Malley doing trail restoration at Alum Rock Park


Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator

For information about the Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Rachel O'Malley, at


Program Description

The Environmental Studies Master of Science program is designed to prepare students for careers as environmental professionals or to pursue further academic training in Ph.D. and other advanced degree programs. Our interdisciplinary curriculum embraces both quantitative and qualitative research and some of the topics that we focus on include: 

  • California Wild (Protected) Lands
  • Forest Ecology and
  • Climate Impacts Research
  • Human Ecology
  • Coastal Environments 
  • Insect Conservation
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Marine Environments
  • Energy
  • Nature and Conservation Photography
  • Environmental Education
  • Political Ecology
  • Environmental Impact Assessment 
  • Pro-environmental Behavior
  • Environmental Justice
  • Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems
  • Environmental Policy
  • Water Resources Management
  • Environmental Restoration
  • Wetlands Ecology, Restoration, and  Management
  • Wildlife Conservation and Management


Faculty Thesis Advisors

Global and local perspectives are integrated in the coursework and the faculty and students embrace a diversity of perspectives. Faculty members work closely with graduate students within the above areas of specialization to execute a program of study. For additional information, please follow the above link to review the faculty thesis advisors, and contact those with focus areas of interest to you.


Applying to the Program

     Requirements for Admission

Graduation Requirements

     Thesis/Project Guidelines

     Master of Science Advising Sheet [PDF]

    Formatting Your Thesis as an Academic Journal Article

Meet the Graduate Students

Completed Master's Theses


Graduate Listserves

Join the online communities for current and alumni graduate Environmental Studies students at San José State University:


Graduate Listserv

Graduate Alumni Listserv