The Master of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education (MSOEE) provides graduate students training in outdoor and environmental education literacy, pedagogy, and programming using APU’s active learning model. The 36 credit degree program aims to develop graduate level competencies by offering intense, hands on education utilizing the Kellogg and APU Campuses. Students will finish their degree by completing either a research or project-based thesis.
Student areas of focus have included Environmentally Responsible Behavior, School & Community Gardens, Place Attachment, Place-Based Learning & Curriculum Development.
The general requirements for admission to graduate studies at APU are found at the beginning of the section describing the graduate program. Successfully complete twelve (12) semester credit hours of science or natural history courses at the undergraduate level. In addition, there are several specific requirements for the MSOEE program as follows:
- Letters of Recommendation. Submit three current letters of recommendation.
- Resume. Submit a current resume.
- Standardized Test. Submit scores from the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
- Essay. Submit an essay (750-1000 words) outlining your interest in the program and professional goals.
- Admission Deadline. The deadline to submit an application is July 1 for Fall semester, November 1 for Spring semester. * Pre-acceptance recommendation (see below)
Once applications are reviewed all accepted applicants receive a “provisional acceptance.” The applicant will then be requested to provide authorization for a background check. A background check is required because education work within this program involves work with a vulnerable population (minors). “Full Admission” will be granted to the successful candidate based on favorable results of the background check.
* It is recommended that students complete a college level statistics course prior to enrollment.
MSOEE Degree Requirements
Each Master of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education graduate is required to complete required courses, electives, and a thesis or professional project.