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Undergraduate Catalog 2011 - 2012 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011 - 2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies, B.A. plus M.A. 5 year program


Degrees granted: Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts

Advising: designated college adviser for Phases I and II, phone: 216-687-3884; for Phase III, phone: 216-523-7522

Student organizations: Urban Studies Association

Additional Information:

The five-year B.A.+ M.A. is a fast-track program designed for high-performing undergraduates in the Environmental Studies program. By accelerating the completion of two degrees, students can jumpstart their careers as professionals in environmental management, environmental planning or other related fields.

Admission Requirements

Students submit an application for admission to the BA+MA program through the Urban Studies advising office. A complete application is comprised of the 4+1 application form, official Graduate Record Exam scores, and two letters of recommendation from faculty.

Minimum qualifications: 90 hours earned, grade-point average of 3.25 or better, GRE scores at the 40th percentile (verbal and quantitative combined) or higher, and an Analytical Writing score of 4.0 or higher, plus
completion of core competencies with grades of B or higher in UST 300 , UST 404 , UST 435 , and CVE 450 , or their transfer equivalents.

B.A. Program

Phase I

Phase II Transition

  • PAD 516 - Public Finance and Economics* (4 credits)
  • ENV 550 - Environment and Human Affairs* (4 credits)


The B.A. in Environmental Studies is awarded with 128 credit hours earned and completion of all General Education, college and major-field requirements. The cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0 with B or better in all 500-level courses.

*must earn B or better

M.A., Environmental Studies

Phase III

Core (12 credit hours)

  • ENV 595 - Environmental Seminar (1 hr.)
  • UST 595 - Environmental Seminar (1 hr.)
  • UST 601 - Applied Quantitative Reasoning I (4 hrs.)
  • ENV 652 - Environmental Policy and Administration (4 hrs.)
  • LAW 671 - Environmental Law and Regulation (3 hrs.)

Electives (6-8 credit hours)

Exit Requirement (4 credit hours)

  •  UST 698 - Exit Project


The M.A. in Environmental Studies is awarded upon completion of a minimum of nine graduate courses taken during Phase II (B.A.) and Phase III (M.A.) for a minimum of 30 credit hours. All Graduate College and M.A. in Environmental Studies program rules regarding academic standing and graduation apply.