Prerequisites & Required Courses


Prerequisites for admission to the Nicholas School are:

  1. some previous training in the natural sciences or the social sciences related to the student’s area of interest,
  2. at least one semester of college calculus;
  3. a college statistics course that includes descriptive statistics, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, correlation, simple linear regression, and simple ANOVAs.
  4. Statement of Prerequisite Coursework (Learn about all required and recommended prerequisite coursework)

During the first year of study, students work with a course adviser on course selection and on determining an area of study for the Master’s Project (MP). By the middle of the second semester, the student will choose an MP adviser who will work with the student on developing a Master’s Project, and will continue to consult with the course adviser on courses to be taken during the second year. Master’s Projects may be either individual or group projects.

In the second year, the student will complete the course requirements and devote time to the completion of the Master’s Project. The MEM program requires a total of at least 48 credit hours. A Master’s Project paper and presentation will be made at the end of the second semester of the second year. The required number of credit hours and MP presentation schedule vary slightly for the concurrent degree students.

Required courses for all Nicholas School students are:

  • ENVIRON 590.98 Professional Communications (1 credit hour)
  • ENVIRON 898.xx MP Seminar (1 credit hour to be awarded at the end of 4 semesters)
  • ENVIRON 899.xx Master’s Project (4 to 6 credit hours)
  • Successful completion of online Introductory Master’s Project Tutorials is also a requirement. The tutorials offer information on various types of MPs and principles of research design.