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Five-year Dual Degree with Master of Environmental Science and Sustainability

We know you’re passionate about becoming an environmental leader, but graduate school can be expensive and time-consuming. Why not advance your studies with the people and the programs you already love?

As a qualifying Loyola SES student, you can boost your professional credentials and save time and money by completing your undergraduate degree along with our new Master of Science in Environmental Science and Sustainability degree in as little as five years. The economic and academic benefits are substantial.

Our Commitment to You

  • Deepen your understanding of complex socio-ecological systems and their connection with sustainable development goals.
  • Increase your ability to make accurate and ethical evidence-based decisions from scientific literature.
  • Expand your capacity to communicate environmental science and sustainability issues to the scientific community, professional colleagues, policymakers, and the general public.
  • Demonstrate competence of in-depth knowledge and skills through completion of one of the concentration areas we offer as an online course sequence.
  • Complete a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Sustainability in your fifth year at Loyola.
  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills that can increase your job-readiness and starting salary.

Curriculum

Required Courses

ENVS 401 - Sustainable Systems: Ecological Perspectives

Learn how an integrated viewpoint on environmental science and sustainability connects the goals of ecosystem protection and sustainable development. Joining these objectives ensures fair and just solutions for both people and the planet. Determine best practices in evaluating data in environmental science and sustainability and making ethically informed decisions about them.

ENVS 402 - Sustainable Systems: Social Perspectives

Environmental Science Courses

Students will take at least two courses from more than 45 courses we offer in environmental sciences and quantitative methods. Select courses based on your particular interests; many also count toward the required concentration areas. 

Sustainable Society and Business Courses

Choose from 20 courses focused on society’s interaction with the environment: environmental law and policy, sustainable business management, and fostering sustainable societies. Select courses based on your particular interests. 

Admission

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Use our free online application system to get started.

    Please note, you will need to complete the “Biographical Information” section of the application first. Once that section is completed, you will be able to choose your program in the “Application Information” section.

  3. Official Transcripts

    This program requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. The GRE is not required for the MSESS Professional Track. 

    You must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work completed. Copies of transcripts or transcripts not received in a sealed envelope from the university are considered unofficial. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts. 

  4. Letters of Recommendation

    Referrals may be academic or professional in nature. At least one letter should be submitted, but three letters are preferred.
     

  5. Statement of Purpose

    Referrals may be academic or professional in nature. At least one letter should be submitted, but The Statement of Purpose (250-500 words) is required. three letters are preferred.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The School of Environmental Sustainability strives to help students secure the necessary financial resources to make their graduate education at Loyola more affordable. Partial scholarships, limited external research grants, and work opportunities are offered to SES graduate students. Students are encouraged to seek external funding. Students who wish to be considered for internal partial tuition scholarships must complete applications by March 1. Scholarship decisions will be based on the student’s full file, including statements of research/interest, GPA, and letters of recommendation.

We know you’re passionate about becoming an environmental leader, but graduate school can be expensive and time-consuming. Why not advance your studies with the people and the programs you already love?

As a qualifying Loyola SES student, you can boost your professional credentials and save time and money by completing your undergraduate degree along with our new Master of Science in Environmental Science and Sustainability degree in as little as five years. The economic and academic benefits are substantial.

Our Commitment to You

  • Deepen your understanding of complex socio-ecological systems and their connection with sustainable development goals.
  • Increase your ability to make accurate and ethical evidence-based decisions from scientific literature.
  • Expand your capacity to communicate environmental science and sustainability issues to the scientific community, professional colleagues, policymakers, and the general public.
  • Demonstrate competence of in-depth knowledge and skills through completion of one of the concentration areas we offer as an online course sequence.
  • Complete a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Sustainability in your fifth year at Loyola.
  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills that can increase your job-readiness and starting salary.

Curriculum

Admission

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Use our free online application system to get started.

    Please note, you will need to complete the “Biographical Information” section of the application first. Once that section is completed, you will be able to choose your program in the “Application Information” section.

  3. Official Transcripts

    This program requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. The GRE is not required for the MSESS Professional Track. 

    You must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work completed. Copies of transcripts or transcripts not received in a sealed envelope from the university are considered unofficial. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts. 

  4. Letters of Recommendation

    Referrals may be academic or professional in nature. At least one letter should be submitted, but three letters are preferred.
     

  5. Statement of Purpose

    Referrals may be academic or professional in nature. At least one letter should be submitted, but The Statement of Purpose (250-500 words) is required. three letters are preferred.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The School of Environmental Sustainability strives to help students secure the necessary financial resources to make their graduate education at Loyola more affordable. Partial scholarships, limited external research grants, and work opportunities are offered to SES graduate students. Students are encouraged to seek external funding. Students who wish to be considered for internal partial tuition scholarships must complete applications by March 1. Scholarship decisions will be based on the student’s full file, including statements of research/interest, GPA, and letters of recommendation.