Environmental Management and Sustainability (MSEM)

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Environmental Management and Sustainability at St. Edward’s prepares you to tackle ecological issues through the combined disciplines of environmental science and project management. You’ll graduate with a joint degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and the Université Catholique de l'Ouest (UCO) in Angers, France.

Watch the video to learn more about this intensive, two-year, full-time program that merges ecological theory with quantitative optimization methods and project management procedures. This degree, spanning two fields, equips you to meet the growing demand for sustainability managers in business, government and nonprofit organizations.

Professional Science Master's in Environmental Management and Sustainability

Two-year, Full-time Program:

The PSM in Environmental Management and Sustainability is a full-time, daytime program. Each daytime class (Monday–Thursday options) meets twice a week for one semester. You’ll study full time at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas (Year One) and Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France (Year Two). All classes are in English.


In the PSM in Environmental Management and Sustainability program, you will use quantitative methods and analytical tools to manage natural and urban environments. You will learn the fundamentals of ecological theory and project management including scope definition, work planning, and resource and risk management, along with human relations skills such as effectively communicating, mentoring and negotiating. Project management software will be used to help plan, execute, monitor and control a project in ecological research.

The program strikes a balance between theoretical lessons and practical application using mathematical modeling and quantitative statistical methods to explore alternative natural resource management scenarios. Students explore topics such as the impact of urban development on ecosystem health and services as they propose and test hypotheses for the abundance and distribution of organisms. Coursework includes case studies, site visits and peer learning networks.

As a graduate of this program, you’ll have an international perspective on sustainable development. The PSM in Environmental Management and Sustainability is the first degree of its kind offering students the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in two different ecosystems and countries.

In the first year, students complete a research project that verifies one of the major theories discussed in courses through field experiments. Research is conducted in Austin, Texas, at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, a 227-acre eco-laboratory of St. Edward’s University. Wild Basin provides interdisciplinary research opportunities that protect and maintain urban wilderness, and promote the importance of environmental education, research, conservation and preservation.

During their second year, students study at the Institut de Biologie et d’Ecologie Appliquée (IBEA) in the Loire River Valley in France where they conduct thesis-level research related to conservation and ecological management in a real-world setting. There is also the potential to study at UCO’s sites in North Africa.

Industry and agencies seek scientists with project management skills, and graduates of this program will be in high demand. This program trains future managers in the ecology of natural resources, urban ecology, environmental management, business and project management. Job roles for graduates include planning and implementation of resource management for public agencies, helping corporations develop and implement sustainable practices, analyzing how well a private agricultural firm’s policies meet sustainability standards, and overseeing new urban construction projects to minimize environmental impact.

Graduates can pursue a variety of positions such as environmental studies manager, eco-advisor for environmental and urban planning, or sustainable development manager, or they can serve as consultants for private firms, such as construction and architectural companies.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Graduate Bulletin (course catalog).

St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas
9 U.S. credit hours/30 ECTS

• Population Ecology
• Project Management
• Optimization in Ecology

St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas
9 U.S. credit hours/30 ECTS

• Community Ecology
• Applied Project Management
• Applied Research

Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France
9 U.S. credit hours/30 ECTS

• Sustainable Development
• Ecology and Biodiversity
• Environmental Pollution Biomonitoring
• Ligerian Ecology
• Urban Ecology

Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France
7 U.S. credit hours/23 ECTS

• Internship