The mission of the Masters of Science in Environmental Science is to have our students become skilled critical thinkers and problem solvers, devoted to a lifetime of learning. The program provides research training and advanced coursework in a broad range of the environmental sciences. At Villanova, the environmental graduate program seeks to build a diverse, intellectual community that enhances the scholarship of its members. The program’s curriculum fosters close collaboration among faculty and students within the department and across the sciences at Villanova by strongly promoting the exchange of ideas and perspectives as an essential part of scholarship. The program requires dedication to excellence in creative and critical thinking, in the analysis and interpretation of existing knowledge, in the execution of research, in teaching, and in communication. Scholarship and research is directed towards an enhanced understanding of environmental systems and their nexus with society. Accordingly, the program offers a diverse array of intellectual experiences, laboratory and field study, and research with highly experienced faculty mentors. Finally, the environmental master’s program enhances the College’s intellectual atmosphere by developing students who will ascend to intellectual, moral, and professional leadership; develop the fundamentals of critical insight, mature judgment, and independent thinking; and cultivate a sense of moral responsibility and working for the betterment of society.