The Aquatic Environmental Science degree is a non-thesis track program designed to serve working professionals and undergraduate science majors. The program culminates in a capstone project. We also offer a Professional Science Master’s degree for students who are looking for a more MBA-like program. This degree is a non-thesis terminal MS degree with a capstone course that will focus on a project or internship.
Aquatic Env Sci Master's & Professional Science Master's
Aquatic Science Master’s degree program is a non-thesis program.
- Students may attend full or part-time
- University Graduate Bulletin
- Thirty six semester hours of graduate level coursework is required
- At least 21 credits for letter grade (A, B, C…).
- Students must maintain at least a B average
- Produce and present a synthesis paper on a topic of interest
- Aquatic Environmental Science Student Guidelines
- 3.0 or better upper division GPA, and
- No minimum GRE requirement. However, the average GRE scores (verbal and quantitative) of recently admitted students are above the 60th percentile.
AES program students are advised by the program director. The director offers guidance regarding course enrollment, progress toward degree, as well as capstone topics.
Students are now able to earn the equivalent of the MBA degree in the sciences with a Professional Science Masters degree
This innovative new program, sponsored by Dean Nancy Marcus with help from Associate Dean Lois Hawkes and Jennifer Buchanan in the Dean of Faculties office will prepare students for more management-oriented positions. The new major will have increased emphasis on an internship and the students must take 3 “plus” courses. These will be business, project management and communication courses.
Check out this article discussing salaries for PSM Graduates: Does a Professional Science Master’s Degree Pay Off?
The PSM is an innovative new graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics, while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. PSM programs consist of two years of academic training in an emerging or interdisciplinary area, along with a professional component that may include internships and “cross-training” in workplace skills, such as business, communications, and regulatory affairs. All have been devleoped in concert with employers and are designed to dovetail into present and future professional career opportunities.
This program is an adaptation of the Oceanography MS degree within the Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science. The PSM-AQES degree is a non-thesis terminal MS degree with a capstone course that will focus on a project or internship. This project or internship for the PSM students will be supervised collaboratively by FSU faculty and outside employers. A committee of outside advisors drawn from environmental consulting and engineering firms, state agencies, and centers has been formed. This group will form the basis of these outside employers.
Dean Marcus sees a bright future for this new degree, stating: “The Professional Science Masters degree is a nationally recognized degree type that prepares students to be successful in non-academic science sectors of the workplace, e.g. in industry, government, and non-profit organizations. It combines training in a basic science discipline with training in skills in high demand, e.g. communications, teamwork, and management.”
The Professional Masters Degree in Aquatic Environmental Science will serve as a parallel track to the Aquatic Environmental Science (AQES) MS degree.
“The Aquatic Environmental Science Professional Masters degree is the first professional track degree in our department. We are excited about this degree and about the professional masters degrees program. These degrees offer students a non-traditional career path in the expanding opportunities in the geosciences. We plan to add professional master’s degrees in geology and meteorology.” — Dr. Lynn Dudley, Chair, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Science.
To quote the PSM website (www.flpsm.org), “The Professional Science Masters (PSM) is equivalent to the MBA for the sciences and designed to integrate studies of natural sciences, mathematics, management and law to better prepare students for professional positions outside academia. This two-year degree includes four key elements: 1) industry advisory board; 2) in-depth study in a science-driven field; 3) industry internship (or project); and 4) professional development courses intended to emphasize written and oral communications, leadership, business, and team-builidng skills.”
The PSM AQES program is a non-thesis program and students are not generally supported by the department through teaching and research assistantships.
Graduate Application Info
How to Apply
The application process at FSU is completely online. See the checklist below for required application materials and a link to the online application.
The department admits new students year round, though most of the faculty tend to admit students in spring to begin the following fall.
Department application deadlines for Meteorology are:
- For Fall admission - January 15th
- For Spring admission - November 1st
Department application deadlines for Geology are:
- For Fall admission - January 15th
- For Spring admission - October 1st
Department application deadlines for all other EOAS programs are:
- For Fall admission - February 15th
- For Spring admission - September 15th
University deadlines may differ. Please refer to the FSU Graduate Admissions office for university deadlines. You are advised to submit your application and supporting materials at least three months in advance of the semester you wish to enter. You may apply later than these department guidelines, but there are less likely to be openings available.
For further information about the university admissions process, visit the FSU Office of Admissions. For general information on funding opportunities, news, and events, degree programs, fee waivers, as well as University contact information, visit the Graduate School website. If you have questions about the Oceanography or Aquatic Environmental Science programs, contact the Academic Coordinator.
If you’re interested in specific courses, use the Course Lookup Form to search the Catalog of future, current, and past courses.
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