ESE Student Handbook
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(Updated April 2011)
Masters Non-Thesis Program for ProfessionalsThe one-year (or longer as part-time) resident Master's program for professionals is intended to provide the credentials and knowledge to manage complex environmental issues. For students entering or re-entering environmental job market, this non-thesis MS option can give you the edge you need in starting or boosting your environmental career. The unique combination of faculty and courses at Purdue allows students to specialize in areas ranging from ecological science, hydrology, and environmental engineering and management.
This non-thesis MS degree is designed to meet the academic interests of a diverse group of college graduates seeking an advanced degree in environmental science. The Purdue University MS-ESE program offers students an interdisciplinary graduate experience ensuring that students are provided the level of expertise of a responsible environmental professional.
The Non-thesis MS program serves:
The Masters for Professionals ESE program consists of 32 credit hours of course work and can be completed in as little as 1 year as a full-time student. A part-time option is available for those unable to attend full-time. At this time, very few courses are offered in the evening or via distance learning; therefore, daytime attendance is required.
TuitionStudents entering the non-thesis Masters program are responsible for their own tuition and fees. Assistantships from ESE are rarely available for this non-thesis option, however there may be assistantships you can pursue with departments at Purdue. You may qualify for financial aid. The Purdue Financial Aid office has a number of resources and links directly to the FAFSA application. There are other creative options to help fund your education. Your company may be interested in supporting your training at Purdue. Many U.S. counties and cities have community foundation organizations that sponsor students to pursue their educational objectives.
Use the Purdue tuition calculator to help you estimate expenses.
Program NewsPurdue ranks 13th in the nation in environmental engineering. (source: US News and World Report)
Average salaries for MS degrees in environmental engineering range from $48,000 to $64,000, and for PhD's 59,000 - $85,000 (source: National Assoc. of Colleges and Employers, 2005)
Spotlight"I think the ESE program is a wonderful experience for me as an engineering student. There are faculty and students from many departments exchanging and discussing various ideas, which benefits me greatly. I am researching water quality & remote sensing. To understand water quality and the affecting mechanisms better, it has been important for me to have the knowledge of hydrology, soil science, and even policy. The interdisciplinary education ESE provides serves this purpose well and this is greatly helpful to my current research."
Helpful LinksMyPurdue Portal
Graduate School Resources
Faculty research interest search engine
Center for the Environment
Division of Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Pre-Environmental Studies B.S.
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