PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University is the first in the west to offer a one-year master’s degree in environmental science. The new program will begin in the fall.

“The opportunity to earn this degree in one year is very popular with environmental professionals at institutions in the East that have offered such a program for several years,” said William Budd, director of the WSU Environmental Science Program. “A one-year break in a person’s career that can lead to greater professional accomplishments seems to be a preferred option over spending six or seven years getting the degree courses one at a time or spending two years at an institution.”

Designed to speed career advancements, the one-year M.S. degree in environmental science can be individualized to fit particular professional goals and has options in environmental quality, ecological planning and ecosystem management. It is open to recent college graduates and practicing professionals.

“At Washington State University, students will benefit from receiving their degree from our interdisciplinary graduate program which is considered the premier program in the Northwest. Students will be exposed to a broad-based faculty from multiple colleges and campuses with interests in environmental science and problem-solving,” Budd said.

The one-year M.S. degree is designed to be completed in two semesters and one summer session by students with appropriate preparation. Registration is now open for the first class beginning in August 2002. For program information visit the Web site at www.esrp.wsu.edu, or call (509) 335-8536.