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December 9, 2011

St. Edward's University and Université Catholique de l'Ouest, Launch One-Of-A-Kind, International Environmental Degree

A new joint degree that offers students global perspectives in the fields of science and business is now available at St. Edward’s University and at its partner institution — the Université Catholique de l'Ouest (UCO) in Angers, France. Students will spend the first year in Austin and the second year in Angers. All instruction will be in English.

The new Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Environmental Management and Sustainability degree is the first of its kind because it offers students the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in two different ecosystems and countries — at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve in Austin, Texas, and at the Institut de Biologie et d’Ecologie Appliquée (IBEA) in the Loire River Valley in France. There is also the potential to study at UCO’s sites in North Africa.

The PSM in Environmental Management and Sustainability is an academically challenging program that trains future managers in the ecology of natural resources, urban ecology, and environmental, business and project management. This intensive, two-year, full-time program merges ecological theory with project management procedures. Bridging the gap between two fields — science and business — the degree equips students to meet the growing demand for sustainability managers in business, government and nonprofit organizations.

“PSM degrees allow graduate students to pursue advanced training in science while simultaneously developing workplace skills that are highly valued by employers,” said Bill Quinn, professor of biology and computer science at St. Edward’s University. “Our program has the added value of an international component, which no other institution offering a similar degree has. It gives our students an advantage in the workforce because they’re studying multiple ecosystems, languages and cultures.”

On average, 56 percent of PSM degree holders earn $50,000 or more per year and 20 percent earn $80,000 or more per year.

The St. Edward’s PSM in Environmental Management and Sustainability program launches in Fall 2012, with applications due to the university by May 15, 2012. More information on the degree.

About St. Edward’s University
St. Edward’s is a private, liberal arts Catholic university in the Holy Cross tradition with more than 5,300 students. Located in Austin, Texas, with a network of partner universities around the world, St. Edward’s is a diverse community that offers undergraduate and graduate programs designed to inspire students with a global perspective. St. Edward's University has been recognized for nine consecutive years as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, and has also been recognized by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

About Université Catholique de l'Ouest (UCO)
St. Edward’s University has partnered with the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France, a prestigious university that includes the Institut de Biologie et d’Écologie Appliquée (IBEA). IBEA promotes research and training activities in biology, environmental science and sustainable development with access to state-of-the-art educational facilities and equipment. With its strong expertise in the ecotoxicology and the aquatic ecosystems fields, IBEA is a leader, manager and adviser to many international programs.

About Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve
Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve serves as an interdisciplinary laboratory of St. Edward’s University to protect and maintain urban wilderness and to promote the importance of environmental education, research, conservation and preservation. Collaboration between Wild Basin and St. Edward’s enables the creation of programs and initiatives that serve to fulfill the mission.