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. In addition, individuals can boost their credentials through our (non degree) certificate program. Through the program, students combine multiple fields of study to tackle complex environmental problems.
The Master of Environmental Assessment (EA) degree is intended for working professionals who seek advanced study beyond the undergraduate level but are not interested in pursuing a career in research. The EA degree is a joint non-thesis graduate degree program administered by the College of Agriculture Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Natural Resources (CNR). The program requires 30 credit hours. Twenty-two credit hours will be in required courses with the remaining nine hours selected from the list of elective courses or equivalent. No thesis is required.
The courses are selected to offer a cohesive continuing education opportunity for people in agricultural, chemical, environmental, energy, natural resource, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and biotechnology fields. Companies and government research facilities in these fields, as well as regulatory agencies, all have a need for employees who understand the basic principles of environmental assessment, how to perform and review human and ecological risk assessments, and how these assessments relate to environmental regulation and management.
For more information on this program, including how to apply, please see the Environmental Assessment website.
Note that we have another degree program in Natural Resources – Assessment and Analysis Technical Option. These programs are distinct.