In addition to offering our own, departmentally-based masters degree programs, Environmental Studies faculty members also participate in ESF's interdepartmental Graduate Program in Environmental Science (GPES), which offers M.P.S., M.S. and Ph.D. programs in environmental science.
The Department offers Masters degrees in Environmental Studies, and graduate certificates in Environmental Decision Making, and on Advanced Study in Conflict Resolution. Study programs integrate and balance the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences in creative, interdisciplinary contexts.
Two graduate degrees in environmental studies are offered: the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) and the Masters of Science (M.S.). ESF's Environmental Studies masters' programs help prepare students to support communities working to achieve sustainability from local to global levels. The programs integrate social, cultural and environmental knowledge and skills to address the challenges of the 21st century. Students in these programs want to make a difference. Our programs offer students a focused, yet flexible, interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues, the problems that underlie them, and paths leading to more sustainable communities. Students examine the fundamental cultural, social, political, technical, and economic forces that drive environmental degradation as well as emerging approaches that can foster sustainability.
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Environmental Decision Making is designed is designed for graduate students at SUNY-ESF and those enrolled in law, management, public administration, or information studies programs at Syracuse University. It provides an exposure to specialized environmental study that is relevant to students with related professional interests. The focus of this certificate is on environmental decision making, the processes by which stakeholders seek solutions to environmental problems.
Graduate students at ESF currently have the opportunity to pursue a concurrent Master's degree at Syracuse University in:
To be eligible for admission to such programs, students must complete at least one full-time semester of graduate-level coursework or the equivalent at ESF, and earn a 3.7500 grade point average or better. ESF students interested in concurrent degree programs at SU must apply through ESF's Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies within their first year of study.
ESF and the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University provide exchange opportunities so that graduate students can take advantage of special courses, faculty, and research facilities found at the two institutions. Cornell University is in Ithaca, N.Y., about 50 miles southwest of Syracuse.
ESF and the SUNY Upstate Medical University provide opportunities for graduate students at each institution to enroll in graduate coursework or pursue coordinated M.D./ Ph.D. degrees in environmental medicine. SUNY Upstate Medical University is located within walking distance of ESF. Graduate students interested in these opportunities should inquire at ESF's Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies.
Currently, about half of the graduate students affiliated with the Department of Environmental Studies receive some form of financial assistance. The Department is proud to regularly have among its graduate students international fellows supported by the Fulbright Program and Ford Foundation. Departmentally affiliated graduate students have been successful in receiving a variety of other external awards and fellowships, as well. Primary institutional support for affiliated graduate students has been in the form of Graduate Assistantships, most awarded as Teaching Assistants, some as Research Assistants, others as Writing Tutors -- in Environmental Studies and other programs at ESF. Faculty members offer Research Assistantships in conjunction with active research grants.
Graduate programs in the Department of Environmental Studies and SUNY-ESF have a strongly international flavor. Approximately 40 percent of graduate students affiliated with the Department of Environmental Studies are from countries around the world. Across the college, about 30 percent of graduate students are from overseas. In addition to a highly international student body, graduate students at ESF are welcome and encouraged to develop international research and internship projects. Many ESF faculty, including in the Department of Environmental Studies are engaged in ongoing international research and teaching projects.
Graduate students at ESF are represented in campus affairs by the Graduate Students Association (GSA), with delegates from each department/ program. Graduate students employed by ESF are represented in collective bargaining by the Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU). Two graduate students are members of the department's Graduate Studies Committee, and a third represents graduate students at regular departmental meetings. Many additional opportunities exist for graduate student participation in campus clubs and organizations at both ESF and Syracuse University.