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Master of Environmental Assessment


The Master of Environmental Assessment degree is an interdisciplinary program focused on understanding the adverse impacts that pollutants and naturally occurring substances pose on human health and the environment. The program builds upon NC State University’s expertise in environmental issues and problem solving. The program is designed as a completely online degree. This technology allows professionals to complete their degree while still working. Through the program, students combine multiple fields of study to tackle complex environmental problems. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information.

Dr. Harry Daniels,
Program Director
Phone: 919-515-4589
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
Admissions Web Page

(What will I learn?)

The Master of Environmental Assessment Program requires students to complete 30 credit hours of graduate coursework.  From 22 to 25 credit hours will be in required courses with the remaining 5 to 8 credit hours selected from the list of elective courses or equivalent.

Required Courses:

  • EA 590 Environmental Stressors (3 credit hours)
  • EA 502 Environmental Risk Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • EA 503 Environmental Exposure Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • EA 504 Environmental Monitoring and Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • PS 536 Global Environmental Law and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • EA 665 Professional Project (3-6 credit hours)
  • GIS 510 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 credit hours)


Students will be able to select electives to enhance the degree program. From 5 to 8 credit hours of coursework will be selected in consultation with the faculty advisor from distance education courses offered across the university.


The Masters of Environmental Assessment requires completion of a professional project. Students will develop a project in his/her area of interest in collaboration with an appropriate organization, agency or business and their faculty advisor. The Professional Project, is an applied “capstone” experience that is a “paper study” which might include such tasks as assembling existing data and performing a risk assessment. In addition, an academic paper summarizing the relevant research in support of the professional project is required. Students will enroll in EA 665 as part of their project research.  Upon completion of the research or project work, each student presents their project (both process and results) in a public departmental seminar.

Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 30

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Admission is based on the evaluation of several criteria and credentials including educational and professional experience, potential for graduate work, and availability and interest of faculty advisors. Final admission to the degree is granted by the Graduate School upon recommendation of the Environmental Assessment Director of Graduate Programs.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are not required. In general, applicants should hold a B.A. or B.S degree in a natural resources, environmental science and management, engineering, or related field. Experience in environmental management, consulting or regulatory administration will be considered for students with a bachelors degree in an unrelated field. For those without the necessary background courses in undergraduate science or mathematics, some additional coursework may be required prior to the start of the graduate student program. Admission is contingent upon meeting departmental requirements and acceptance by an advisor.

Masters of Environmental Assessment application deadlines:

  • Fall semester: April 15
  • Spring semester: Oct 15

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

Each student must submit a plan of work outlining the 30 credit hours which will be included in the student's program. Students in the program are generally self-supported; self-supported students may take up to 9 credit hours of course work per semester. However, students who are employed full time may find it advantageous to enroll in one or two courses per semester.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Click "Apply & Enroll" to apply for admission or register to take courses. To earn the degree, students must be admitted through NC State's Graduate School. Students may begin to take courses before being admitted by registering as a non-degree studies (NDS) student; a maximum of 12 credits (four courses) taken as an NDS student may be applied to the master's degree.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $12,224.10
Non-resident: $26,774.10

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