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)


The MEM degree requires a minimum of 48 credit hours. Students must also complete a master’s project, which may be done individually or in a group and typically culminates in a paper and presentation in the program’s final semester.

In addition to courses required for their chosen concentration, all MEM students are required to take the following courses:

  • ENVIRON 800 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

Faculty members serve as course advisors to help students determine their optimal course of study. Each student also works with a master’s project advisor to develop the master’s project.