Ecosystem Management and Administration

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies.

Applicants must have undergraduate degree in forestry, wildlife or fisheries management, soils or water management, natural resources management, environmental science, ecology or related field. Scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required for admission. A student may be admitted at the discretion of the program without GRE scores.

Application materials should be submitted before February by those who want to begin in summer or fall and before September for those who want to begin in spring semester. For admission, an applicant should have at least a 2.75 overall grade-point average and a 3.00 junior/senior average (on a 4.00 scale). Three reference letters and a brief statement describing the applicant's academic goals, career interests, and special qualifications are required. The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces available. Exceptions to admission requirements may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests, at the discretion of the program.

Degree Requirements

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.)

Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-700 Professional Degree Policies.

A minimum of 30 credits at the 400, 500, or 800 level is required, with a minimum of 18 credits at the 500 or 800 level, and at least 6 credits at the 500 level.

Required Courses
STAT 500Applied Statistics3
MANGT 510Project Management3
MANGT 520Planning and Resource Management (optional) 13
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Full Range Leadership Development
Leadership Development: A Life-Long Learning Perspective
Leadership in a Global Context
Women and Leadership
Strategic Leadership
Ethical Leadership
Strategic Leading and Identity
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations
Collective Decision Making
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Keystone/General Education Course
Power and Influence
Negotiation Theory and Skills
GEOG 482Making Maps That Matter With GIS3
EMGT 810Ecosystem Monitoring3
EMGT 820Environmental Law and Policy3
EMGT 830Ecosystem Management, Planning, and Economics3
Culminating Experience
EMGT 894Capstone Experience 13-6
Total Credits30

The program culminates in a project completed while students are enrolled in EMGT 894. In conjunction with their academic adviser, students will select an ecosystem management topic or issue that they will independently investigate. Students will write a paper describing their investigation and conclusions. The paper will clearly describe the ecosystem management issue, review literature relevant to the issue, identify potential ways to address the issue, and evaluate the pros and cons of possible solutions.

Student Aid

World Campus students in graduate degree programs may be eligible for financial aid. Refer to the Tuition and Financial Aid section of the World Campus website for more information.


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Ecosystem Management (EMGT) Course List


Graduate Program Head: David Eissenstat

Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC): Marc McDill

Program Contact: Dana Grove


Telephone: (814) 865-4237