Graduate Programs

WWU's College of the Environment offers Master of Science degrees in Environmental Science and in Environmental Science, Marine & Estuarine Science; a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Studies (Includes a 4-quarter option for Urban Planning); and a Master's of Education in Environmental Education (NOTE:   The M.Ed Environmental Education is currently being revised and not accepting new students at this time). Normally, a student chooses one of these options and, with the help of a faculty adviser, designs an individual Plan of Study. This plan is built on College of the Environment (ESCI/ENVS/UEPP) courses and, when appropriate, courses from other departments. The College of the Environment's M.S. programs require a thesis, while the M.A. and M.Ed. have a thesis or field project option.

We also offer a Master's Certificate in Data Science for the Environment.   This is an 18-credit on-line program that will allow students to develop skills, tools, and techniques to address increasingly complex environmental questions using data science.

If you have any questions in regards to Master's Degree Programs or Master's Certificates and would like to chat, please schedule a meeting with Ed Weber.

General Information

view of the Environmental Studies Center from beneath the boughs of the cherry trees alongside the South Lawn of the WWU campus

Financial Assistance

Teaching Assistantship (TA) are available on a competitive basis and provide stipends up to $4,952/qtr (As of Fall 2021), a full or partial tuition waiver, and Health Coverage.

Research Assistantship (RA) are available through individual faculty members. Stipends are similar to those for TAs and may provide tuition waivers and/or Health Coverage. Students need to contact faculty directly when inquiring about RAs.

Graduate Work-Study, in addition to other forms of financial aid, are available by submitting an application to Student Financial Resources (phone: (360) 650-3470).

Funding for graduate research is often available, as is funding for travel to present papers at professional meetings.

Diversity at Western

Students from many diverse backgrounds enhance the Graduate Student experience at Western Washington University. Western's leadership is extremely committed to providing an education that meets the needs/goals of our ever-changing demographics.