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Earth and Environmental Resources Management, M.E.E.R.M.

College of Arts and Sciences

Learn to solve challenging environmental problems to advance your career, whether your focus is business sustainability, environmental health, legal policy or scientific research in a flexible, multidisciplinary master’s degree program.

Advance your career in the rapidly expanding green job market at a university heavily invested in research, with multiple disciplines associated with environmental sciences, policy and environmental justice conservation. A non-thesis option is available for working environmental professionals. A thesis track is available to customize the degree to your interests.

Program Highlights

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    Internship or Research

    Choose from two pathways, with the option to complete a research thesis or an internship capstone project.

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    Flexible Coursework

    Design an interdisciplinary, flexible degree program based on your prior experiences and career goals.

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    Active Community

    Enjoy guest speakers and join in our student community, the Graduate Organization of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

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    Financial Support

    Take advantage of opportunities for teaching assistantships, tuition waivers and health insurance for qualified applicants.

What You’ll Study

Learn to solve problems of resource management and make decisions drawing on methods from various disciplines. Courses include management, finance, policy and economics along with earth and environmental resources studies. Examine current issues, policies and regulations pertaining to environmental studies.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Laboratory Research

    Conducting experiments and analyzing data to gain new knowledge and insights in a scientific field

  • Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

    Scientific Writing

    Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Advocate
  • Resource Manager

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Environmental Health Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Planner
  • Waste Specialist
  • Principal Environmental Analyst

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $86,301

Workplace Settings

  • Government
  • Energy Resources
  • Environment
  • Private Sector

Employers of Alumni

  • S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control
  • National Park Service
  • Three Oaks Engineering
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Wildlands Engineering, Inc.

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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