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Environmental Management PhD

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Founded in 2003, the transdisciplinary doctoral program in Environmental Management at Montclair State University was the first graduate program of its kind in the northeast metropolitan area. We prepare environmental professionals in all sectors (academia, industry, government, non-profits) to take leadership roles in solving society’s most challenging environmental problems. Montclair State University leads the way in New Jersey and in the northeast metropolitan region in integrating natural and physical science with social science, economics, policy and project management, taking advantage of world-class faculty from the College of Science and Mathematics, College of Humanities and Social Science, and the School of Business.

Now more than ever the world needs highly trained, dedicated environmental professionals who understand the intricate mechanisms that cause 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. Now more than ever the world needs scientists who are able to design and implement solutions, communicate these effectively to stakeholders, and raise the scientific literacy of the public. Our students prepare for this career path through a combination of interdisciplinary coursework and research in regional to international study areas, on topics addressing climate change, soil and water quality, environmental remediation, biofuels markets, stormwater management, natural resource management, coastal management, and protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services. Our alumni are employed as professors in U.S. and international universities, as scientists and managers in municipal, state, and federal agencies, as environmental consultants, and as scientists in private industries.

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