Environmental Analysis Program

Environmental consulting companies seek to hire motivated individuals with a solid background in applying quantitative skills to solve and prevent environmental problems. In addition, as consultants, these individuals need to be able to communicate effectively and have a keen sense of management and business practices. Graduates from Rice University's Professional Master's Program in Environmental Analysis will possess these qualities and be a tremendous asset to us and others in our field.

– Chuck Newell, Vice President, Groundwater Services, Inc.


The Environmental Analysis program is designed to impart students with robust methodologies essential for addressing environmental challenges encountered by both industrial and governmental entities. This interdisciplinary initiative draws upon courses from diverse fields including environmental science, earth science, statistics, chemistry, ecology, evolutionary biology, mechanical engineering, applied mathematics, chemical engineering, economics, computer science, and sociology. Graduates of this program will possess a comprehensive skill set and knowledge base highly sought after by environmental consulting firms, energy production companies, and government agencies.

In addition to specialized program courses, students will engage in a management course, a policy and ethics course, and a seminar alongside peers from other Professional Master's Program programs.

The primary objectives of this interdisciplinary degree encompass:

  • Equipping students with quantitative skills such as statistics, remote sensing, data analysis, and modeling.
  • Instructing students on the application of technical and analytical skills, along with scientific evaluation methods, to effectively address environmental issues.
  • Cultivating students' capacity to foresee and address environmental challenges proactively.
  • Providing instruction in business and management skills, as well as professional ethics, to thrive within a business environment.

Focus Areas

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Management and Policy
  • Quantitative Decision Making.


Dan Cohan Program Advisor (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Evan Siemann Program Director (BioSciences)
Scott Egan Program Advisor (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
Thomas Killian (Dean of the School of Natural Sciences)
Philip Bedient (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
James Blackburn (Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Mary Purugganan (PSM Professional Communication)
Mason Tomson (Faculty, Civil and Environmental Engineering)