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MS Environmental Science for Military


University of Guam Graduate Program in Environmental Science



If you are currently stationed on or soon to arrive on Guam and are interested in starting an environmental career, the University Guam Graduate Environmental Program will equip you with not only with first-rate academic credentials but also with hands-on experience and direct interaction with scientists, engineers, and other professionals on problems of local, regional, and global interest.

If you have a bachelor’s degree in basic science (physics, chemistry, earth or life science); agricultural, environmental, or health science; civil, environmental or mechanical engineering; mathematics, economics, science education; or any other degree with coursework in basic calculus, physics, and chemistry, we encourage to contact our faculty.

Here are some things you should know about our program:

  • You can start and finish your Master’s Degree in two years
    • You can apply at any time and start fall or spring semesters
    • You can earn your degree with a traditional research thesis or with an equivalent professional project
  • The University of Guam is one of the nation’s Land Grant Universities, and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • The University of Guam campus, in Mangilao, overlooking Pago Bay, is only about a 20-minute drive from Andersen Air Force Base, and about 25 minutes from Naval Base Guam.
  • The faculty of the Environmental Science Program include research scientists from UOG’s nationally-ranked research institutes:
  • Faculty and their students have received national-level recognition, recently including the National Institutes for Water Resources Research (NIWRR) 2013 National Impact Award for the USGS-funded research project, from among all the projects conducted that year by the nation’s 54 NIWRR institutes, deemed to be of the highest value for sustainable management of local water resources.
  • Funding for environmental research and education at UOG comes from national sources including the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Geological Survey; Departments of Defense, Agriculture, and Interior; as well as from the Guam Legislature, Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans, Guam Waterworks Authority, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, and Guam’s private environmental firms.
  • Most full-time students in the program obtain assistantships for their thesis or professional projects.  Such assistantships typically pay for tuition and offer a stipend for up to 20 hours of work during the academic year and up to 40 hours during the summer and winter terms.
  • Even if not on an assistantship, active duty military and family members on Guam are eligible for resident tuition
  • Our alumni include several military spouses, currently employed in environmental work or working on PhDs.  Several of our graduates are employed in local DOD-related environmental agencies, including Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas and DZSP21.


[1] WERI is currently rated by the US Geological Survey in the 6 of the nation’s 54 Water Resources Research Institutes.

[2] The UOGML is the nation’s only tropical-based laboratory for studying coral reef and other tropical ocean ecosystems and organisms. Faculty collaborate with other top-ranked national and international institutions.