We are leaders in action

Our professional master of science programs are designed in response to global environmental change and emerging challenges like climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. As a future environmental leader, you will learn to apply the best available science and people skills to your decision making, facilitate conversations among diverse interest groups, bridge cultures, and help build meaningful solutions to pressing environmental problems.

Applications are open for the summer 2023 Environmental Conservation and Environmental Observation and Informatics MS programs! Learn how to apply and contact our staff with questions. 

Explore Our Programs

We know there is a lot of work to do to address environmental issues, and we need to tackle this work in many ways. This is why we offer two distinct professional MS programs that train students to become leaders in making effective use of information, whether focusing on working with people or working with data.

Environmental Conservation (EC)

The EC program is a hands-on, interdisciplinary program with curriculum designed in close consultation with leaders in environmental practice. Students gain experience in navigating complex decision-making, engaging with all people, managing programs, understanding science and communicating effectively.

The Nelson Institute’s Environmental Conservation (EC) program is a 15-month master of science degree. The program prepares you to successfully enter, navigate, and take the lead on the most pressing environmental challenges today, training you how to apply practical interdisciplinary skillsets to a broad range of careers in conservation. Learn relevant ecological, social, and professional skills to facilitate more effective decision making, better work with people, and ultimately lead to stronger environmental outcomes. Learn more.

Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI)

The EOI program provides diverse training in environmental conservation, remote sensing and GIS, and informatics. By spanning these three disciplines, students are prepared for careers calling for the use of big data at the intersection of the geospatial and environmental fields.

The Nelson Institute’s Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI) program is a 15-month professionally focused master of science degree. The program is rooted in the disciplines of environmental conservation, remote sensing and GIS, and informatics. By spanning these disciplines, you will be ready for a career at the intersection of the geospatial and environmental fields. Learn more.

About Us

What is a Professional Master of Science Program?

The Environmental Professional Master of Science Programs meet the demand for careers in the environmental and geospatial sectors. Our programs provide the technical and professional training and networking opportunities to help take the next step in your career. The programs are accelerated, cohort-based, and practical.

Who Are Our Students?

The strength of our programs is in the diversity of our students. Our program is cohort-based and limited to 30 students so you can effectively learn with and among your peers. Cohorts include students who want to advance in the environmental field, those who are continuing their professional path but with a slightly different focus, or those who are ready for something completely different. Whatever the background, we welcome students who want to make a difference in the world.

To learn more about our programs visit https://nelson.wisc.edu/graduate/professional-programs/.

About Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies is confronting global environmental challenges through imaginative research that transcends disciplinary boundaries, hands-on education that bridges classrooms and communities, and public programs that foster environmental conversations among people from business, government, academia, and advocacy.