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Environmental Education

UMD Graduate School

Program Overview

The purpose of the Master of Environmental Education is to develop advanced practitioners in environmental education (EE) who will take on leadership roles through positions such as EE specialists and directors at nature centers, outdoor and EE centers, natural resource agencies, conservation groups, park and recreation programs, zoos and aquaria, and in P-16 school settings.

Admission and Application Requirements

To be admitted to the program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A completed Application for Admission form and $31.00 application fee

  • An official transcript documenting completion of a Bachelor's Degree; a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is preferred (minimum of 3.0 required for transfer of graduate level courses)

  • Students whose first language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 79 on the Internet-based exam (minimum scores of 21 in writing and 19 in reading). Information on the TOEFL can be found at

  •  A letter of application describing your motivation behind pursuing this field and degree, your career goals, and your goals for graduate study

  •  Resume

  •  Three examples of your work (examples might include curriculum or lesson plans, grant proposals, articles, research results, paper or powerpoint presentation from an undergraduate course, brochure, etc.)

  • Three letters of recommendation that speak to your potential as a graduate student and environmental educator

  • Students interested in receiving a graduate assistantship position must include a brief letter of intent indicating your interest in a graduate assistantship (GA); receiving a GA is dependent upon qualifications and availability of funding; students are also encourage to seek their own opportunities for support in an appropriate thesis/field project area, with faculty assistance.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 34 credits is required for the degree.  Core requirements include teaching methodology in formal and non-formal settings; program development, management, and evaluation; theoretical foundations; and research methods.  Elective courses are used for supporting the final project and/or specific areas of interest.  Final project options include a research-based project, research-based journal article, field project, or curriculum project.

Deadlines and Dates

Application Deadline: Feb. 1st for admission the following fall semester. 

*Applications submitted past this deadline and/or admission to the program for spring semester may be considered under exceptional circumstances; please consult with the Director of Graduate Studies..

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in this degree program may be eligible for federal student aid; applications and additional information can be found at; also see

There may be research or teaching assistantships for fulltime students, but availability varies year to year based on program budget and faculty projects underway.  When assistantships are available, they are awarded based on merit and need.  Those wishing to be considered for an assistantship should indicate so within the application materials

Contact Information

Master of Environmental Education Program, University of MN Duluth, SpHC 110, 1216 Ordean Court, Duluth, MN 55812
General Office: (218) 726-8677; Website:

Director of Graduate Studies: Julie Ernst,, (218) 726-6761

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