Prerequisites & Required Courses -- MEM/MF Degrees

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 coursework adviser on course selection and on determining an area of study for the MP. In 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. The coursework and MP advisor can be the same or different faculty members. Master’s Projects may be either individual or group projects; most CEMs complete individual projects.

In the second year, students will complete their course requirements and devote time to the completion of the Master’s Project (MP). To graduate, students must have 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.

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

  • ENVIRON 896 Professional Communications (1/2 credit hour)
  • ENVIRON 897 Writing a Master’s Project (1/2 credit hour)
  • ENVIRON 898.04 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

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.

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