2019 Most Affordable Online Master's in Environmental Science

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The following 24 schools are ranked for their affordable tuition rates for their master's in environmental science programs. All programs offer an annual tuition of less than $12,000 and offer a variety of concentrations within the field of environmental science. American Public University System ranks #1, with eight concentrations in environmental science and an annual tuition of $6,300. University of Idaho has an annual tuition of $9,352 and offers a Professional Science Master in various environmental justice specializations.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in environmental science degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,961
  • Example Classes:
    Air Quality Management; Conservation Biology; Energy Policy and Sustainability; Environmental and Ecosystems Management; Environmental Economics; Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law
  • Annual Tuition: $6,312
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,362
  • Example Classes:
    Design Thinking and Creative Process; Energy-Efficient Building Design; Guiding Design with Historic Preservation; Information Visualization and Visual Analytic; Recent Trends in Environmental Design; Sustainable Technologies and Systems
  • Annual Tuition: $6,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,019
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Biophysics; Insect Ecology; Integrated Pest Management; Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology; The Ecology of Plants and Plant Communities
  • Annual Tuition: $6,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,632
  • Example Classes:
    Bioenergy & Environment; Ecohydraulics & River Corridor Function; Intro to Land & Water Engineering; Soil Chemistry; Soil Microbiology; Wetlands Design & Restoration
  • Annual Tuition: $7,245
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,469
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Natural Sciences; Environmental Social Sciences and the Humanities; Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems; Land Use and Environmental Planning; Research Methods in Environmental Studies
  • Annual Tuition: $7,665
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 432
  • Example Classes:
    Communication and Change; Environmental Economics; Environmental Law & Policy; Human Dimensions of Sustainability; Quantitative Methods in Sustainability; Science of Sustainability
  • Annual Tuition: $8,034
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,280
  • Example Classes:
    Ecology of Animal Population; Forestry & Watershed Management; Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management; Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management; Introduction to Environmental Federal Laws and Policy; Wetland Ecology and Management

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,541
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,532
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Forest Economics; Applied Climatology; Forest Resource Economics; Forest Resource Management; International Forest Resources & Trade; Natural Hazards
  • Annual Tuition: $9,352
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,194
  • Example Classes:
    Drinking Water and Human Health; Energy Efficiency and Conservation; Environmental Lifecycle Assessment; Environmental Philosophy; History of Energy; Sampling and Analysis of Environmental Contaminants
  • Annual Tuition: $10,515
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,588
  • Example Classes:
    Current Perspectives in Microbial Ecology; Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources; Natural Resource Biopolitics; Population Estimation and Dynamics; Wetland; Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • Annual Tuition: $10,530
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 17,330
  • Example Classes:
    Anthropogenic Impacts on Marine Environments I; Effective Environmental Communication; Environmental Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems; Fundamental Concepts of Climate Change: Scientific Perspectives; Marine and Coastal Flora and Fauna; Marine Protected Areas: Science, Siting and Monitoring
  • Annual Tuition: $10,575
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,679
  • Example Classes:
    Design and Data Analysis for Researchers; Energetics for Science Educators; Evolutionary Biology for Educators; Myth Busters: Science/Controversy/Evaluation; Pollution and Environmental Biology for Educators
  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 13,019
  • Example Classes:
    Advance Geographical Information System for Natural Resourses Planning; Earth Systems; Environmental Economics; Environmental Psychology; Introduction to Geographic Information Systems; Nature and American Culture
  • Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 13,310
  • Example Classes:
    Environment and Ecosystems Principles; Environmental and Natural Resources Economics; Environmental Auditing; Environmental Regulations and Policy; Environmental Risk Assessment; Environmental Technology
  • Annual Tuition: $12,024
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 788
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Justice Issues and Policy; Epidemiology; Pandemics, Bioterrorism and Biosecurity
  • Annual Tuition: $12,179
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 426
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Earth Systems Science; Advanced Soil and Water Conservation Engineering; Global Climate and Climate Change; Natural Resources Policy and Administration; Production of Biorenewable Resources; Wetland Science
  • Annual Tuition: $13,050
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 239
  • Example Classes:
    Bioregional Theory and Practice; Environmental History & Philosophy; Environmental Law & Policy; Environmental Leadership & Community Involvement; Natural Systems Ecology
  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,379
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Wetland Soils and Mitigation; Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution; Environmental Science Concepts for Professionals; Reclamation of Disturbed Lands; Soils for Professionals; Water Quality for Professionals
  • Annual Tuition: $14,040
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 10,768
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Accounting; Environmental Risk Management and Strategies; Environmental Science; Management of Air Quality; Management of Land and Water Resources; Waste Management and Pollution Control
  • Annual Tuition: $14,820
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,711
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental and Biological Ethics; Environmental History of the U.S.; Global Pollution and International Environmental Policy; Land Use Planning; Pollution Science; Public Health
  • Annual Tuition: $14,872
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 14,658
  • Example Classes:
    Climate Change & Energy; Environmental Analysis & Assessment; Health & Sustainable Transportation; Livable Communities & Design; Transportation Economics; Transportation Planning & Design
  • Annual Tuition: $14,922
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 14,897
  • Example Classes:
    Geographic Information Systems; Grazing Management and Range Nutrition; Landscape Analysis and Modeling; Natural Resources Policy; Wetland Delineation
  • Annual Tuition: $15,444
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,008
  • Example Classes:
    Aquatic Biology; Coastal Wetlands Ecology; Conservation Biology; Ecological Restoration; Environmental Toxicology; Evolution
  • Annual Tuition: $15,732
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 347
  • Example Classes:
    Awakening Citizens to Community Engagement for Beneficial Change; Climate Justice and Climate Consequences; Ecogender for the 21st Century; Ecopsychology; Engaging in Place: An Active Introduction to Civic Ecology; Literature for a Living Planet

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