Accelerated Masters Program

In only five years, well qualified students can earn both The Bachelor of Environmental Science, BSES, and The Master of Science, MS, in Soil, Water and Environmental Science.

The Accelerated Master’s Program, AMP, in Soil, Water and Environmental Science links undergraduate students to graduate research opportunities. SWES Department research is focused around three areas:

1.  environmental science with emphasis on contaminant transport and fate, water quality, waste management/reuse, soil/groundwater remediation, and ecosystem restoration

2.  vadose zone science, with emphasis on physical, chemical, and microbiological  processes

3.  Soil, plant, atmosphere systems, with emphasis on remote sensing, climate science, soil- water-plant relations, soil genesis, morphology and pedology, and aquaculture.

Students interested in the AMP program are encouraged to get involved with research in their junior year, or sooner if desired. Directed research at the undergraduate level earns credit towards the BS degree program and provides access to potential Master’s research projects.

Eligibility Criteria

The program selects qualified students based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credit hours is required at the time of application; a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours is required at the time of entry into the AMP. If a student's GPA falls below 3.3 at the time they have completed 90 units, the student will not be admitted into the program. Courses taken for audit cannot be included in the total number of units counted for eligibility or admission.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a minimum of 12 units of undergraduate UA.
  • Completion of at least 12 earned undergraduate credits in the Environmental Science major at The University of Arizona's main campus. Units still graded Incomplete, units graded Pass/Fail or units taken as audit will not count toward the requirement of the 12 undergraduate units.
  • Completion or near completion of general education requirements.
  • Submission of a graduate application and payment of a graduate application fee.
  • Demonstration of the maturity necessary for success in an accelerated, highly competitive program.
  • Expectation to complete the undergraduate degree within four years. The undergraduate degree requirements must be completed before the student is eligible to have the Master's degree awarded.


AMP Application Process


Sample Curriculum


Sample Plan