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About the Program

The creation of the PSM degree tracks in Natural Resources and Environmental Science is driven by a keen awareness that the triple bottom line of sustainability as it relates to the economy, environment and social equity is too complicated to be addressed by a single discipline. The PSM is intended to be an endpoint, and not necessarily a stepping stone to the PhD.

This interdisciplinary foundation will build broad-based practical skills such as:

  • Communications
  • Project management
  • Business management
  • Computational skills
  • Ethics
  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Leadership

In addition to their coursework, students will develop professional skills in consultation with prospective employers, through internships, and through problem-based projects sponsored by employers and University of Idaho faculty. This will allow graduates to quickly bring advanced science skills to the workplace.

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Four PSM tracks can be completed entirely at a distance: Environmental Contamination, Sustainability Science, Ecohydrology, and Water Resources. All four of the required professional skills courses are online. 

Admissions Information

Applicants will preferably have a background in the biological, environmental, or natural resource sciences, or fields closely related to these sciences. If you do not have this background, you may need to complete some undergraduate prerequisites required for the degree. These will be discussed on a case-by-case basis with the program director. Track prerequisites are included on each degree track web page.

The PSM is a course-based, non-thesis degree, so the program usually does not have funding available. However, other forms of financial aid may be available. To speak with someone in the UI Financial Aid Office, call (208) 885-6312.

Any graduate student can transfer in up to 12 credits of graduate coursework from another institution or program with the approval of the director of the program.