Hello urban forestry world!
My Environmental Sciences and Studies department at DePaul University in Chicago has a relatively new MS degree in Environmental Science that is now accepting applications for program entry in Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Spring 2021! Full program information and links at the end of this post.
While not a degree in urban forestry, the program is decidedly urban-focused, with options for completing either a Professional (project-and internship-based) or Thesis (research-based) tracks. We have current Professional-track students who have been working for various local urban forestry and urban/suburban conservation organizations. And just this past spring we graduated our first MS thesis student, long-term LUFA research assistant Kaitlyn Pike, who did research on tree condition and construction on private property under the advisement of myself and the city forester for Highland Park, Dr. Keith O’Herrin, and funded by the Morton Arboretum Center for Tree Science. (Kaitlyn is off to UBC for her Ph.D. in urban forestry this fall!)
The Chicago area is a great place to live and work in the urban greening field. The area is well-endowed with urban forestry organizations - the Morton Arboretum, Openlands, Chicago Region Trees Initiative, CommuniTree in Northwest Indiana, just to name a very few - many of which LUFA has worked with and ENV students past and present have found internship/job opportunities with.
You can start the master’s program this fall (or winter, or spring) if you’re interested!
Please feel free to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or my colleague ENV chair and MS program director Dr. Mark Potosnak (email@example.com) with any questions. I’m happy to have Zoom, phone, or email convos with potential applicants.
Applications are being accepted now for DePaul University’s MS in Environmental Science (MSES) degree focused on urban ecological restoration and conservation land management!
This is a very student-focused program. Please see this video which highlights several current students and their perspectives.
This graduate degree will prepare students for careers in ecological restoration, species and landscape conservation, biodiversity management, urban forestry, green infrastructure management, and ecological consultancy. Our department's expertise is in applied environmental science and this will bring exciting and useful training in the field of conservation land management. The program has both thesis (research) and professional tracks.
Additional program information is available at: http://go.depaul.edu/envsciinfo.
Environmental Science & Studies Department faculty have disciplinary expertise in paleontology, plant-atmosphere interactions, restoration ecology, urban forestry, urban agriculture, ecological economics, soil ecology and science, urban ecology, and related fields. Students complete 13 course equivalents, with an expectation that full-time students can complete the program in two academic years. The program is housed in the McGowan South Building (LEED certified) in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, which provides a modern research infrastructure that includes laboratories, analytical facilities, environmental growth chambers, a rooftop garden, and a greenhouse.
The program is accepting applications on a rolling basis for enrollment in Winter, Spring, or Fall quarters (though a Fall quarter start is encouraged) so interested prospective students should apply now! Applications received by Jul 15 will be considered for the Fall quarter start date of Wed Sep 9 2020.
Please contact the program director, Mark Potosnak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-325-7867 if you have any questions.