The Master of Environmental Pollution Control (M.E.P.C.) is an intercollege professional degree program designed to improve competence in various fields of the control, management, and prevention of environmental pollution. The degree should be distinguished from the research-oriented program that leads to the academic degree of master of science, since the M.E.P.C. emphasizes application, analysis, and synthesis of knowledge rather than creating new information through traditional research.
A minimum of 30 graduate credits is required, of which 20 must be earned at the campus where the degree program is offered. Special requirements include 11-12 credits of core courses covering air pollution, water quality, solid/hazardous waste management, and policy/risk assessment. At least 18 credits at the 500 level or above (with at least 6 credits in 500 level) must be included in the program, which includes 1 credit of E P C 590 and up to 3 paper-writing (596) credits offered through the student's department of affiliation.
A scholarly master's paper must be completed by all M.E.P.C. candidates. It must be of considerable proportion and must demonstrate the ability to formulate objectives, acquire and document relevant information, critically analyze, draw logical conclusions, and relate findings to professional problems and practices.