“Samford's MSEM program advanced my knowledge of natural resources and environmental management while simultaneously growing my professional career.
“The program offers a diverse array of courses that I was able to tailor to my career focus. Classes such as Sustainability, Environmental Law and Endangered Species provided valuable tools that are still a key part of my day-to-day work as a park administrator.”
*The GRE is not required for enrollment.
The MSEM program provides an interdisciplinary approach to its curriculum blending science, policy and ethical skills.
The courses being taught 100% online by our distinguished faculty give you the flexibility to advance your career at your own pace. Having industry experts lead our program ensures you understand the ins and outs of the industry while also providing a unique opportunity to network with professionals and form connections that could be valuable for your career in the future. This combination of flexibility and industry connections makes the program an excellent choice for those who want to gain expertise in the environmental field while also building a network of professional contacts.
“I would not be where I am today without this degree."
“It has been vitally important to my career and has helped me make good decisions for our county that will last for decades. We’ve invested in property, outdoor recreation space and preservation of the Cahaba River. A lot of the decisions that we make are based on the background knowledge that I gained from the MSEM program.”
Chad Scroggins ‘98
Shelby County, Alabama
By offering joint degrees in law and business and certificates in Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Management, you can customize your education and expand your expertise to increase your appeal to potential employers. You can either pursue the MSEM degree, a joint degree or a certificate on its own. Or, pair one of our certificates with the MSEM degree.
Gain a deep understanding of environmental issues, policy and critical background data related to science to prepare you for a career in environmental law. Learn More
Environmental Management and Law
This joint degree between MSEM and Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law provides students with a strong background in environmental issues facing society today. The interdisciplinary curriculum in the MSEM program equips you with knowledge of policy and critical background data related to science to prepare you for a career in environmental law. Upon completing the program, you graduate with an MSEM degree and a Juris Doctorate in Law. You must also apply and be admitted into the law school to qualify for this joint degree.
Understand how environmental policies affect operations to help small and large businesses maintain compliance with environmental laws. Learn More
Environment and Business Management
This joint degree between MSEM and Samford University’s Brock School of Business educates you on environmental policies that affect the operation of both small and large businesses. Our curriculum provides you with expertise to help companies remain compliant with environmental laws. Upon completing the program, students graduate with an MSEM degree and a Master of Business Administration. You must also apply and be admitted into the business school to qualify for this joint degree.
Gain proficiency in acquiring, managing and analyzing spatial data using cutting-edge geospatial software, specifically focusing on environmental applications. These skills are critical in processing data and conducting investigations for various environmental jobs. Learn More
Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
The graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems makes you proficient in acquiring, managing and analyzing spatial data using cutting-edge geospatial software, specifically focusing on environmental applications. These skills are critical in processing spatial data and conducting investigations for various environmental jobs. This certificate can be earned separately or in conjunction with the MSEM degree.
Learn how to manage an environmental project, lead a team and integrate social, economic and political systems to solve environmental problems. Learn More
Certificate in Environmental Management
The graduate certificate in Environmental Management is an online program that teaches you how to manage an environmental project, lead a team and integrate social, economic and political systems to solve environmental problems. This certificate can be earned separately or in conjunction with the MSEM degree.
“The MSEM program gave me a lot of flexibility."
“I’m a single mom. I work full-time. And with the classes being completely online, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, it gave me time to do a deep dive into something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve always been the type of person that liked working outdoors to preserve the environment.”
LaKedra Byrd '21
Environmental Health Specialist
Air and Radiation Protection Division
Jefferson County Department of Health
This program centers around the theme “Policy, Water and Energy.” Our courses on energy and the environment, water management, sustainability, environmental justice, environmental law and policy, and regulations will ensure you graduate with marketable skills needed for an exciting career in a growing, sustainably focused, environmental job market.
Our MSEM graduates are some of the most successful people in the environmental industry today. Many of them move on to work for government organizations, industry, educational institutions and nonprofit programs that are dedicated to solving environmental issues and protecting wildlife.
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