Rice University

School of Natural Sciences

Professional Master's Degree in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making


P.O. Box 1892, MS 103

P.O. Box 1892

Houston, TX 77252

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Professional M.S. - Environmental Analysis and Decision Making

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Environmental Analysis and Decision Making track of the Professional Master's Program at Rice is a 2-year program. It is geared to teach students rigorous methods that are needed by industrial and governmental organizations to deal with environmental issues.  It is a cross-disciplinary effort incorporating courses from environmental science, earth science, statistics, chemistry, ecology and evolutionary biology, with training in communication, policy,finance and management. Graduates will be equipped with skills and knowledge valuable to environmental consulting firms, energy production companies, and government agencies.  In addition to track courses, the students will take courses in management,  policy and ethics,  and a seminar with speakers from a variety of corporations .

The program track has a solid employment record and a strong support from program alumni.

    The objectives of this interdisciplinary degree are as follows:

    * To teach quantitative skills such as statistics, remote sensing, data analysis, and modeling
    * To teach laboratory and computer skills
    * To give students the ability to anticipate problems, not just solve them.

Students are free to choose from focus areas:  Environmental Sustainability, Management and Policy, and Quantitative Decision Making.  All students are required to complete a practical work experience. 

Recommended Background:

 Applicants for the Professional Master's in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making must have:

    B.S. or B.A. degree in a related field
    Completed course work in chemistry, biology or physics, calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra
    Scores form the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    Strong quantitative abilities
    Statistics and computer skills are preferred, but not required


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc. International Association for Management Education (AACSB); Texas Education Agency

International Student Requirements:

TOEFL scores above 90, preferred above 95!

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 39

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1400

In State Tuition (per year): 28000 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 28000 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999

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