M.S. Program

New York University Graduate Program in Environmental Health Sciences Master's of Science

Department of Environmental Medicine and the Graduate School of Arts and Science
New York University Langone Health
341 E. 25th Street
New York, NY 10010



Chair of the Department:

Max Costa Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies:

Jerome J. Solomon, Ph.D.

Director of Master's Program

Catherine B. Klein Ph.D.


Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences

The M.S. program in environmental health sciences is a specialized course of study providing students with the opportunity to develop applicable skills and expertise in a selected subject area. It is designed for individuals needing graduate training for employment in jobs involving worker health and safety, health hazard communication, health risk assessment and policy, and environmental analysis of toxicants, including related areas of administration and technical sales. Potential employers include academia, industry, consulting firms, trade associations, and local, state, and federal governmental agencies. The expansion of regulations in occupational safety and health and environmental protection provides increased career opportunities for individuals trained in various aspects of environmental health sciences. The program can also provide secondary school teachers with the appropriate background to allow introduction of environmental science into their school's curriculum or into existing science courses.
The program of study, which may be full time or part time, emphasizes an understanding of how to apply appropriate scientific methodology to the solution of real-world environmental problems. It provides the student with a basic background in areas of environmental pollution, toxicology, and biostatistics and also with practical knowledge on how to present scientific data and how to properly interpret scientific reports. Beyond this, the course of study is individualized to the needs and interests of the particular student. To this end, students may take relevant courses in other schools within the University, for example, in environmental management and planning, environmental law, risk assessment, and environmental impact assessment.


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.S. program in environmental health sciences are generally expected to have a bachelor's degree in a scientific field, such as biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, or a related discipline. Exceptions to this may be made on an individual basis depending on the selected course of study. General admission guidelines are an overall GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) and GRE scores of 150 verbal, 150 quantitative, and 4.0 analytical writing.


Financial Support and Costs

All Full-time M.S. applicants undertaking M.S. laboratory research receive graduate assistantships. Currently, these pay a stipend of $17,654 per year (2019-2020) plus tuition and fees.


Course of Study: Awarding of the M.S. degree is dependent on the following:

1. The successful completion of 36 points of course work, of which at least 24 must be in residence at the Graduate School of Arts and Science. Some M.S. tracks require additional course work.
2. The satisfactory completion of a special M.S. thesis project. Depending on the student's needs, this may be either a library thesis or a thesis based on a laboratory project performed under the guidance of a faculty member.
The M.S. degree program in environmental health sciences offers two specialized tracks, with concentrations in toxicology and occupational-environmental hygiene. The latter specifically focuses on the recognition, evaluation, and control of chemical and physical agents in occupational settings. Some of the required or recommended courses for the two main tracks of the program are listed below.

M.S. in Environmental Toxicology

Environmental Health - EHSC-GA1004
Communication Skills for Biomedical Scientists - EHSC-GA2025
Introduction to Biostatistics - EHSC-GA2303
Principles of Toxicology - EHSC-GA2310
Organ System Toxicology - EHSC-GA2311

M.S. in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

Environmental Health - EHSC-GA1004
Introduction to Biostatistics - EHSC-GA2303
Principles of Toxicology - EHSC-GA2310
Environmental Hygiene Measurements - EHSC-GA2035
Environmental Hygiene Laboratory I - EHSC-GA2037
Introduction to Epidemiology - EHSC-GA2039

In addition, M.S. students are required to attend Departmental Seminars and Journal Clubs. Laboratory rotations may be arranged in consultation with the student's academic advisor. 


Housing and Transportation

The Graduate School of Arts and Science offers students a variety of housing opportunities (https://gsas.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/gsas/admissions/financial-aid/general-graduate-housing-information.html)


Graduate Steering Committee

Wei Dai, Terry Gordon, Chuanshu Huang, Catherine B. Klein (Co-chair), Jerome J. Solomon (Chair), George Thurston, Isaac Wirgin, Judith T. Zelikoff.