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The program objective is to improve the scientific basis for decision making for a sustainable environment and secure future. The underlying focus of the program is to provide decision makers with the tools that are vital for improving the scientific and managerial basis for environmental decision making.
The Samford MSEM program, established and accredited almost two decades ago, was designed to address the educational needs of attorneys, engineers, corporate managers, business, educational and health professionals, environmental safety and health personnel, aerospace professionals, small business owners, and others who already hold undergraduate and/or professional degrees.
Samford best serves the needs of working professionals and executives during times that are convenient to their schedules by offering evening and/or weekend classes. Each course meets one night per week for two hours during the regular fall and spring semesters. Some courses, such as wetlands, are field/lecture courses which meet on Saturday mornings. Specific course information for each term is provided through the office of the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences.
Courses are offered in seventeen week terms for spring and fall, with summer term being nine weeks. Some courses may be nine weeks long within the seventeen week semester.
Academic calendar (Scroll down to view MSEM calendar)
If four courses are carried during each semester and a summer term, all course work for the degree can be completed in approximately one year. Graduation ceremonies are held in December and May.
Samford's campus features Georgian-Colonial architecture, a large central quadrangle, and well-lighted, tree-lined paths, creating a serene and safe academic atmosphere. The primary classroom area for the Environmental Management program is Propst Hall, a state-of-the-art science center. Field classes are conducted at the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center, the department's field station.
Samford University is conveniently located at 800 Lakeshore Drive, adjacent to all three of Birmingham's major north-south highways.
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Samford is increasingly engaged with Asia through exchange programs and partnerships, through the scholarship of its faculty and through the Asian students enrolled in its environmental management
program. For more information about this initiative, please visit the English Bridge website.