Environmental Science, M.S.

The Environmental Science Program provides advanced research and educational opportunities in the earth (geo) and environmental sciences, and prepares students for solving contemporary environmental problems.

The program includes a thesis and non-thesis option, both of which provide a foundation for employment in the private and public sectors of the environmental fields. In addition, the thesis option prepares students for advanced study leading to the doctoral degree.


Coastal Science
Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Soils Science 
Contaminant Hydrogeology


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the UWF graduate catalog, the applicant must meet the minimum departmental admission requirements for regular admission. 

University Requirements*
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of official GRE test scores: minimum 50th percentile verbal; 40th percentile quantitative. 
• Submission of a formal letter of interest, background, and professional goals 
• Submission of three letters of recommendation by individuals in professionally related fields (waived for graduates of UWF Department of Environmental Studies) 
• Submission of current curriculum vita (CV)/resume 
• Completion of the foundation proficiencies as a condition of admission to the program

Department Contact

Dr. Johan Liebens
Graduate Advisor, Department of Environmental Studies

Phone: (850) 474-2065
E-mail: jliebens@uwf.edu

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Application Deadlines

Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.

Student Perspective

"Pursuing my Masters of Environmental Science at UWF was an excellent experience. Through the Department of Environmental Studies I was able to work as a research assistant, teach for the Online GIS Program, and conduct a research thesis that I found compelling and relevant. The department's small graduate class sizes allowed for meaningful and in depth scientific discussions with professors and students both in and out of the classroom. Overall, I am proud to be an alumni of the University of West Florida's Department of Environmental Studies." — Tanya Gallagher, 2012 graduate