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Environmental Science and Technology (ENST)
Program Title and Classification
Environmental Science and Technology
Graduate Degree Program
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Department of Environmental Science and Technology (ENST) offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. ENST students can choose to work within one of four specializations: Soil and Watershed Sciences; Ecological Technology Design; Wetland Science; Ecosystem Health and Natural Resource Management.
- Statement of Purpose
- TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Supplementary Application
Students seeking admission should have strong training in the basic sciences and mathematics. To be admitted with full admission status, a student must have completed a minimum of one semester of Calculus and a total of at least 20 credits in some combination of basic level Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Mathematics (beyond Calculus I). It is also helpful for applicants to have completed other courses in science and engineering. Applicants to the M.S. program must have earned a B.S. degree in a related field with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants to the Ph.D. degree program must have earned an M.S. Degree in a closely related field. In special cases students may be admitted to a Ph.D. program without first completing an M.S. degree provided these students have: 1) an exceptional academic record and test scores; and 2) have demonstrated significant research experience during their B.S. program (such as completion of a research based honors thesis.) Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE - General Test) are required of all applicants. International applicants must also submit TOEFL scores
For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions
|Type of Applicant||Fall||Spring|
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
|17 Jan||4 Oct|
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
|17 Jan||27 Sep|
Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://www.enst.umd.edu
Master of Science (M.S.)
|Total Credits||Core Requirements|
Thesis only: 30 credits
ENST 602: Research Principles and Methodology in Environmental Science and Technology (3 credits)
ENST 702: Environmental Science and Technology: Communication and Professional Development (2 credits)
ENST 798: Graduate Seminar (2 credits)
ENST 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)
One graduate level statistics course (3-4 credits)
Soil and Watershed Sciences: Complete 12 credits of graduate level soil science courses among any four of the following five areas: soil chemistry, soil physics, pedology, soil biology, soil fertility.
Ecological Technology Design: Complete six credits of graduate level courses in ecology and six credits of graduate level courses in ecological design or related engineering courses.
Wetland Science: Complete 12 credits from a list of approved graduate level courses. A minimum of three credits must be earned from each of these groups: Ecology, Soil Science, and Hydrology.
Ecosystem Health & Natural Resource Management: Complete 12 credits of graduate level courses, including ENST604 (3 credits) and nine additional credits in Ecosystem Health and Natural Resource Management.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
1. All ENST Ph.D. students are expected to complete a minimum of 50 credits beyond the B.S. degree (in addition to research credits).
2. Students must complete a minimum of 12 research credits by enrolling in ENST 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research.
3. In addition to the M.S. course requirements, P.h.D. students must complete a total of two graduate level statistics courses, if not already completed in the M.S. program.
4. All M.S. specialization requirements must be met for P.h.D. students in that particular specialization. Additional requirements for P.h.D. students are as follows:
Soil and Watershed Sciences: Complete one semester of graduate level physical chemistry or biochemistry and at least one additional graduate level course in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, or computer science.
Ecological Technology Design: Complete one semester of graduate level systems modeling and one additional graduate level course in ecology, ecological design or ecological engineering.
Wetland Science: Complete one graduate level course in modeling; two additional graduate level courses from within the areas of Ecology, Soil Science, or Hydrology.
Ecosystem Health and Natural Resource Management: Complete three additional graduate level courses in Ecosystem Health and Natural Resource Management.
- Graduate School Requirements: To earn a Ph.D. degree, the University of Maryland Graduate School requires that the student complete a minimum of 12 credits of dissertation research (899) and complete and successfully defend a dissertation based on original research.
- ENST Departmental Core Requirements: All ENST Ph.D. students are expected to complete a minimum of 50 credits beyond the B.S. degree (in addition to research credits 898 and 899) and are required to complete ENST 602, 702 and two graduate level statistics courses (these can be taken during either the M.S. or Ph.D. program), and two semesters of Graduate Seminar (ENST 798).
- Specialization Requirements: ENST Ph.D. students are expected to have completed all of the M.S. requirements for the particular specialization chosen. In addition to having met the M.S. requirements: the Soil and Watershed Sciences specialization requires that Ph.D. students complete one semester of graduate level physical chemistry or biochemistry and one additional graduate level course in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, or computer science; the Ecological Technology Design specialization requires that Ph.D. students complete one semester of graduate level systems modeling, and one additional graduate level course in ecology, ecological design or ecological engineering; the Wetland Science specialization requires that Ph.D. students complete one graduate level course in modeling, and two additional graduate level courses from within the areas of Ecology, Soil Science, or Hydrology; the Ecosystem Health and Natural Resource Management specialization requires Ph.D. students to complete three additional graduate level courses in Ecosystem Health and Natural Resource Management.
Facilities and Special Resources
The Department has many well-equipped laboratories designed to carry out basic and applied research in Soil and Watershed Sciences, Ecological Technology Design, Wetland Science, and Ecosystem Health and Natural Resources Management. Laboratories are located on the College Park campus in H.J. Patterson Hall and the ANSC/AGEN Building. Greenhouse facilities are available on campus and a statewide network of research and education centers as well as our proximity to Chesapeake Bay provide access to a wide range of environmental conditions for research. Students have access to computer resources in the department and a comprehensive computer center located on campus. The University Libraries on campus and the National Agricultural Library located nearby, supplemented by the Library of Congress, make the library resources accessible to students among the best in the nation. Many ENST projects are conducted in cooperation with other departments on campus and with professionals at various scientific centers in the area. Scientists at the USDA-ARS, US Geological Survey, the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, Smithsonian, and National Park Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, as well as other agencies, have cooperated with ENST faculty on various projects. Scientists from some of these agencies have adjunct appointments in the Department, have taught special courses at the University, and participate on graduate committees.
ENST offers a number of graduate assistantships to qualified applicants that are awarded on a competitive basis. To apply, use the form for requesting financial assistance included in the Graduate School application packet. In addition to a competitive stipend, graduate assistants receive tuition remission and are offered excellent health benefits by the University of Maryland.
For additional information or if you have further questions contact:
Tina Scites , ENST Admin. Asst. and Graduate Coordinator
Dept. Environmental Science and Technology, 1426 An.Sci./Ag.Eng. Bldg.,
University of Maryland, College Park
Tina Scites, Admin. Asst and Graduate Coordinator
Dept. Environmental Science and Technology, 1428 An.Sci./Ag.Eng. Bldg.,
University of Maryland, College Park
ENST Director of Graduate Studies/Dr. Martin C. Rabenhorst
Dept. Environmental Science and Technology, 1109 H.J. Patterson Hall,
University of Maryland, College Park,