The Master of Science in Environmental Health (MSEH) degree, offered by the College’s Department of Environmental Health Science, prepares students for careers that examines how environmental and occupational exposures impact human health.

Graduates of the program are employed as project managers for environmental consulting firms, industrial hygienists, air quality analysts, and risk assessors. Many students continue their studies in advanced graduate degree and professional degree programs (i.e. Ph.D., M.D.).

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To print the M.S.E.H. curriculum, click here.

The M.S.E.H. requires a minimum of 36 semester hours, including 23 hours of coursework (at least one-half must be in courses open only to graduate students), related Master’s-level research (EHSC 7000; 3 hours), and completion of a thesis approved by the Master’s committee (EHSC 7300; 3 hours). GRSC 7001 and 7770 do not count toward the program of study.

Department Required Courses
EHSC 7010 or 8010 Intro to or Advanced EHS
EHSC 8030 Graduate Seminar (x2)
EHSC 8050 Proseminar in EHS
EHSC 8150 Environmental Health Seminar
EHSC 7000 Master’s Research
EHSC 7300 Master’s Thesis

BIOS, STAT, other Biostatistics (advanced course)

Choose one: EHSC 6310 or 7080 or 7490 or 8110 Environmental Microbiology or Adv. Enviro. Air Quality or Principles of Toxicology or Fundamentals of Chemical and Microbial Risk Assessment

College of Public Health Required Courses
PBHL 7100* Fundamentals of Public Health
*If no prior public health degree

Graduate School Required Courses
GRSC 7001 GradFIRST Seminar
GRSC 7770** Graduate Teaching Seminar
**For Teaching Assistant’s only

EHS Electives (12 hr)
EHSC 6310 (L) Environmental Microbiology
EHSC 6320 (L) Food Safety Control Programs
EHSC 7010 Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science
EHSC 7080 Advanced Environmental Air Quality
EHSC 7150 (L) Occupational Hygiene and Safety
EHSC 7310 Public Health Microbiology
EHSC 7490 Principles of Toxicology
EHSC 7550 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
EHSC 8010 Advanced Topics in Environmental Health I
EHSC 8020 Advanced Topics in Environmental Health II
EHSC 8110 Fundamentals of Chemical and Microbial Risk Assessment
EHSC 8120 Roles and Responsibilities of Environmental Policy Makers
EHSC 8210 Cancer Etiology and Prevention
EHSC 8220/L Predictive Toxicology Using Mathematical Models
EHSC 8250 Biomarkers: Public Health, Clinical, and Environmental Tox
EHSC 8310 Advanced Topics Aquatic Microbiology, Health, Environ.
EHSC 8350 Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology
EHSC 8410 Oceans and Human Health
EHSC 8450 Genome Technologies
EHSC 8460 Environmental Genomics
EHSC 8550 Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology
EHSC 8610 Aquatic Toxicology
EHSC 8630 (L) Quantitative Ecological Toxicology
EHSC 8650 Advanced Environmental Chemistry
EHSC 8800 Special Problems in Environmental Health Science

How to Apply

General Procedure

Applicants to the Department of Environmental Health Science (EHS) will have their application materials reviewed by the Graduate School and the EHS graduate admissions committee. The committee will review all applications and make recommendations to the full faculty. For an applicant to be accepted to the program following favorable departmental review, one member of the faculty will need to sponsor the applicant as the academic and research advisor. The Graduate School reviews the department’s recommendation and makes the final determination on acceptance.

Applicants will be evaluated based on GPA (undergraduate and/or graduate), official or unofficial transcripts, statement of interest, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants to the M.S.E.H.  program should have earned a degree (bachelor’s) from an accredited program in Environmental Health or any equivalent science degree (Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, etc.). Students seeking admission to the M.S.E.H. program directly from a bachelor’s degree will be expected to show a high level of achievement in their undergraduate degree to indicate capacity for adequate performance in M.S.E.H. level curriculum and research. International students whose native language is not English must also submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo language proficiency examination scores.

Application Deadlines

The Department of Environmental Health Science considers applicants for Fall* matriculation.

For full consideration of funding and aid, applicants should have their completed applications submitted before January 1. Otherwise, applicants should have their completed applications submitted by March 1.

Final application deadlines follow the dates set by the graduate school, found here.

*Students may be considered for Spring/Summer admission only under extraordinary conditions and based on the explicit recommendation of a faculty advisor.

How to Apply

Step 1: Complete an online application to the University of Georgia Graduate School.

Application materials submitted directly to the Graduate School (Domestic and International):

  • UGA Graduate School online application and application-processing fee ($75 Domestic / $100 International)
  • One unofficial transcript (official academic records for international applicants) from each institution of higher education attended. If accepted, UGA will require one official transcript to be sent. Do not mail official transcripts until offered admission.
  • 3 letters of recommendation. List the names of recommenders along with their e-mail addresses. They will receive a link to access a secure page where they can submit your recommendation quickly and easily via the Web.
  • [OPTIONAL] GRE scores.**

International Applicants – additional information is required:

  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores** (if applicable – see country-specific requirements here for more information).
  • Certificate of Finances (COF) form
  • Financial Certification Statement and Visa Information

**Note: UGA institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813.

Step 2: Complete a supplemental application to the Department of Environmental Health Science.

Please send the following materials directly to the EHS Department (

  • EHS Department Supplemental Application cover form (fillable PDF)
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé
  • A one-page statement of background and interests in Environmental Health
  • (Optional) One additional item that illustrates or highlights exemplary work, preparation, (e.g. reprint of a publication on which you are an author/co-author, details of a significant award, etc.)

All application materials must be received before they are reviewed by the EHS Department’s Graduate Admissions Committee. You can check your UGA application status at

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the M.S. degree research based?

Yes. There are required courses for the program but you are expected to develop and execute an original research project in the field under the direction of your major professor and your MS committee.

What is the difference between the MPH and M.S. degrees in Environmental Health Science?

The MPH with a concentration in Environmental Health Science is a professional degree that focuses on curriculum and practical experiences. You take about 4 semesters of course work, complete a one-semester internship and write a capstone paper. The M.S. degree is an academic and research-based degree. You take a smaller number of courses and spend a significant amount of time working on an original research project, which generally includes collection of primary data (field, bench, etc.) and analysis. The research is written in the form of the thesis, which you must defend publicly, and will be submitted for publication with your major professor. Both degrees take about 2 years to complete.

Do I need to find a major professor (faculty advisor) before applying to the MS program?

We highly recommend that you identify a possible major professor before you apply.  Finding a suitable fit and having a faculty advocate on the admission committee is very important. This person will also be your primary source for funding through research assistantships. We strongly encourage any interested applicants to visit our on-line directory and click on the names of our faculty members to get an idea of their research and background. (  E-mail is the best way to initiate contact with our faculty. You do not need to find a faculty advisor for the MPH degree.

Are all graduate students provided funding?

Ability to support M.S. students is considered in our admission process. Because these research-based degrees do not lend themselves well to part-time status and because you will be working in a lab to generate your data we generally only accept students for whom we can reasonably assure that we have funding in the form of assistantships. Assistantships include the following: 1) research assistantships (RAs), which are generally provided from grants held by individual faculty members (another reason that finding a major professor as soon as possible is so important), 2) teaching assistantships (TAs), which are limited in number and offered to students with expertise to teach certain undergraduate seminars, laboratory sections or to assist faculty teaching large lecture classes, or 3) graduate school assistantships (GSAs), which are available only to the most competitive applicants are administered through the graduate school (full applications must be submitted by early January to be considered for the graduate school awards). Because we try to provide funding for all incoming students, we generally have more qualified applicants than we can accept/support. We highly encourage interested students to seek outside funding before applying (e.g., EPA STAR fellowships [], NSF Graduate Research Fellowships [], among others).  Very limited funding is available for MPH students unless you have a specific arrangement to work on research with a faculty member.

What GPA do I need to be considered for admission?

The UGA Graduate School has set a minimum of 3.0 undergraduate GPA for consideration. However, we evaluate an applicant’s entire package including statement of interest, previous experience, fit in the department and letters of recommendation in addition to undergraduate/graduate GPA in our admission decision.

Are GRE scores required for admission?

No, we currently do not require standardized test scores such as the GRE for admission to the EHS program. Students may choose to include GRE scores for consideration with their application, but this is optional and not required.

Can I be a part-time student?

For the M.S. program, it is very difficult to be enrolled as a part-time student. This is primarily because these are research-intensive programs that generally require full time work in the lab or field. There are select cases where a part-time option is possible but those are usually addressed on a case-by-case basis involving discussions with your major professor. The MPH degree is more amendable to a part-time format.

How long will it take to get my degree?

In general, the M.S. and MPH degrees take about 2 years to complete. The Ph.D. degree takes from 4 to 6 years, depending on your project and if you are coming in with a prior master’s degree. You can learn more about the Ph.D. degree in environmental health here.

Can I meet with faculty members about the program?

If you would like to meet with any of our faculty members, please e-mail them to coordinate an appointment.

Can I speak with current students about the degree?

If you would like to talk with a current student in the program, please e-mail your request (and your specific interests) to and we will arrange contact between a current student in your research area and degree program of interest.