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Environmental Science and Management PhD

Founded in 2003, our transdisciplinary doctoral program in Environmental Science and Management prepares professionals in academia, industry, government and nonprofits to take leadership roles in solving society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems.

Montclair State University leads the way in New Jersey and in the Northeast in integrating natural and physical science with social science, economics, policy and project management.


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Why a PhD in Environmental Science and Management?

Now more than ever, the world needs highly trained, dedicated environmental professionals who understand the major factors that cause rapid climate change and its impacts on our society; propagation of contaminants in air, soil and water; flooding; coastal erosion; and loss of natural habitats and biodiversity. Every aspect of our civilization is impacted by pressing environmental challenges, from our economy, to how we travel, and even what we eat.

Our program prepares students to design and implement solutions to environmental problems, communicate these effectively to stakeholders and raise the scientific literacy of the public.

Our alumni are employed as professors in U.S. and international universities as well as scientists and managers in municipal, state and federal agencies, national laboratories and private industries.

Distinguished Faculty, Leaders in Their Fields

Doctoral faculty in the PhD in Environmental Science and Management provide diverse expertise in areas that enhance environmental understanding. With this knowledge our graduates are prepared to address today’s environmental management issues. Doctoral faculty specializations include:

Our faculty are recipients of many renowned awards, including the National Science Foundation Early Career Award, the Presidential Early Career in Science and Engineering Award, and the Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science Nanova Frontier Research Award.

The program brings together individuals from the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services, and the Feliciano School of Business, as well as research centers and institutes, including the Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center, the Passaic River Institute and the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies.

Our research is funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, New Jersey Sea Grant, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, among many others.

For more information about the Program and to learn how to apply, please contact the program director, Dr. Mark Chopping, at and visit our Prospective Students page.