Graduate Programs

The Center for Environmental Research and Education

The Center for Environmental Research and Education offers graduate level courses to students pursuing a Master's Degree in Environmental Science and Management, as well as to students pursuing Professional Certificates in either Environmental Science or Environmental Management.

Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management

The Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management (ESM) features a core of classes in science, policy, and management that creates a strong foundation on which to build a customized degree program. Students then choose a concentration and a variety of electives that will help them attain their goals.

In addition to coursework, students must also complete non-credit requirements. These non-credit requirements include a graduate-level thesis OR two relevant internships with environmental agencies, companies, or organizations. Recent thesis publications include:

  • Water Quality Assessments Before, During, and After Unconventional Gas Extraction
  • Genetic Diversity of White-Tailed Deer Populations in Southwestern Pennsylvania
  • The Role of State Policy in the PA Renewable Energy Sector
  • Analysis of Microbial Diversity in Environments Impacted with Arsenic
  • The Effects of Constructed Wetlands in Passive Mine Remediation

Recent internship partners include:

  • Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium
  • Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Covestro Environmental Analytics

If you are a current Duquesne University student interested in applying to the Accelerated Dual Degree program, please follow instructions on this page.

Professional Certificate Programs

The Center for Environmental Research and Education offers two professional certificates for students who wish to acquire a base-level professional knowledge in environmental science or environmental management:

The professional certificates each require 18 credits. After completing six credits of required foundational coursework, students take electives for the remaining 12 credits. To succeed in this program incoming students must be proficient in algebra and trigonometry.

Conveniently Scheduled Classes

Courses are offered weekday evenings and occasional Saturdays for the convenience of working professionals. This program welcomes both full-time and part-time students. Part-time students who take two classes per semester can complete the degree in approximately two calendar years, though CERE offers flexibility in the number of courses required per semester.

Instructors from Academia and Working Professionals

The Center for Environmental Research and Education offers courses on a wide variety of subjects, from Public Policy and Environmental Politics to Terrestrial Field Biology. These courses are taught by a combination of instructors. Some courses will be taught by full-time faculty members at Duquesne University, while others are taught by working professionals who have experience from government agencies, consulting firms, law firms, non-profit organizations, and more. Students are able to learn topics from a multitude of perspectives and develop well-rounded skillsets. See our faculty list here.

CERE Online Advisement Center

Visit the CERE online advisement center where students can download progress sheets, check class times, and more.

Contact Us

Apply today! Learn more about the application process for the graduate and professional Environmental Science and Management programs here

Center for Environmental Research and Education
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue331 Fisher Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Phone: 412.396.4095