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Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

Environmental Management Concentration

The information contained on this page is for continuing students only. The program is not currently accepting applications for new students.


The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program in social science and the professions with a concentration in Environmental Management. The MPS explores the application of research and experience to complex social, political and environmental issues. The core curriculum focuses on the theoretical structure and methodology of social science disciplines and their application to the professions.

The program is offered primarily to working adults who seek professional development on a part-time basis. Courses are offered in the evening and online.

Course of Study

This degree program consists of 30 credits, distributed among the three areas listed below. Unless otherwise noted, each course is three credits. All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student. Students are advised to print and keep this student advisement worksheet (PDF) for reference.

1. MPS CORE CURRICULUM - 9 credits

  • 3 credits from Area A
  • 3 credits from Area B
  • 3 credits from EITHER Area A OR Area B

There are no transfer credits or substitutions allowed for 9-credit core curriculum.

Area A Courses
CEI 504 Human Behavior as Rational Action*
CEI 505 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (formerly: Foundations of Social Science Methodology)
CEX 520 Ethics in Management

Area B Courses
CEI 560/POL 560 American Democracy: Its Critics and Defenders*
CEI 596 Seminar on Leadership in Organizations
CEN 580 Assessment of Socio-Technological Problems and Issues

*Indicates a course that is no longer being offered. MPS students who have completed this course prior to Fall 2013 may use it to fulfill area requirements for their degree.

2. MPS Project Seminar (CED 595) - 3 credits
The goal of the Project Seminar is to teach students to understand and conduct graduate-level research that culminates in a final research paper.
Prerequisites: Matriculation in the MALS, MPS, or MS HRM degree program. Completion of 24 graduate credits within the program.
Note: There are no transfer credits or substitutions permitted for CED 595 Project Seminar. Students must earn a a minimum of a "B" grade in this course to fulfill the degree requirement.

3. MPS CONCENTRATION - 18 credits
Students choose 18 credits with which to create a concentration. Students may apply courses from the MPS concentration toward an Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) in Environmental Management . Program requirements would be completed concurrently, but prospective students must apply to the AGC program separately from the MPS. Visit the Environmental Management program page for details.

CEY 501/MAR 514 Environmental Management
CEY 503/MAR 536 Environmental Law and Regulations

AREA COURSES - 12 credits (at least 3 credits must be selected from Area C)

Area C Courses — A minimum of 3 credits must come from Area C
CEB 505 History of Long Island Environment (Spring only)
CEY 507/MAR 521 Long Island's Groundwater (Spring only)*
CEY 512/MAR 512 Marine Pollution (Fall only)
CEY 557/MAR 557 Introduction to Risk Assessment and Management (Fall only)

Area D Courses
CEY 508 Living with Radiation (Fall only)*
CEY 509/MAR 525 Environment and Public Health (Spring only)
CEY 525 Ocean Stewardship: Global Science, Local Issues (Spring only)*
CEY 594/EST 594 Diagnosis of Environmental Disputes (Fall only)

Other Courses — These courses are occasionally scheduled
CEY 597/EST 597 Waste Management: Systems and Principles (Area D)
EST 542 Waste and Wastewater Engineering Practices (Area D)
EST 595 Principles of Environmental Systems Analysis (Area C)

*Courses with an asterisk are only offered online.

Tuition and Fee Information

Tuition rates are available on the Bursar's webpage. For information on financial aid options, contact the Stony Brook Office of Financial Aid at (631) 632-6840, or visit the Financial Aid website. Contact Information

For academic questions, please contact:
Dr. Larry Swanson, Associate Dean
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Telephone: 631-632-8704

For admission and advisement questions, contact:
School of Professional Development
Telephone: 631.632.7050

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