Master's Non-Thesis Program for Professionals

studentThe 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.

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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:

  • Established environmental practitioners with a bachelor's degree who have encountered professional limitations as a consequence of limited academic credentials.
  • Established environmental professionals seeking further specialized instruction in selected areas of environmental science.
  • College graduates for whom a masters degree would allow them greater flexibility in pursuing an engaging career in an environmental specialty.

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.


Students 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.

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