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Ecosystem professional
Master of Professional Studies in
Ecosystem Management and Administration


The Master of Professional Studies in Ecosystem Management and Administration is a 30-credit online program with coursework that has been designed to help you enhance your quantitative and spatial data analysis skills, project management skills, communication and leadership skills, and your understanding of finance, economics, policy, and law.

Most courses within the Ecosystem Management and Administration program are also available as individual courses for those looking to fulfill continuing professional development requirements. Read the instructions for how to register for Penn State World Campus courses to learn how you can enroll in any of the upcoming classes on an individual basis.


Course List - Master of Professional Studies in Ecosystem Management and Administration

Required Courses (30 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Ecosystem Monitoring EMGT 810 This course provides students with an overview of ecosystem monitoring methods and analyses. Students completing the course will have the ability to apply a quantitative approach to the monitoring of ecosystems.
Prerequisite: STAT 500
3 credits
Environmental Law and Policy EMGT 820 This course provides a survey of the basic legal principles, regimes, and issues related to environmental protection and natural resource management. It gives students an overview of the fundamentals of environmental law and policy, including how the U.S. legal system works, as well as relevant principles of constitutional and common law. 3 credits
Ecosystem Management, Planning, and Economics EMGT 830 Making decisions as an ecosystem manager requires knowledge of economics, planning, and finance. The course provides students with a solid understanding of the key finance, planning, and economic principles needed to manage a variety of natural resources and ecosystems. 3 credits
Capstone Experience EMGT 894 Supervised, professionally oriented student activities that constitute the culminating experience for the program.  3-6 credits*
Making Maps That Matter With GIS  GEOG 482 Case studies, student investigations, and projects reveal the scope, impact, and character of the Geospatial Revolution. 3 credits

Full Range Leadership Development


Leadership Development: A Life-Long Learning Perspective


Leadership in a Global Context


Women and Leadership

LEAD 555










Development of behavioral skills associated with outstanding leadership of individuals, teams, and organizations through advanced information technology, experimental exercises, and case analysis.



The course examines the continuing influence of social and environmental factors in shaping leadership and leadership development.



This course explores the science and practice of leadership around the globe through pertinent scholarly literature and related instructional resources.



Overviews scholarship relating to women in positions of leadership in groups and organizations, as well as obstacles to their success

3 credits
Project Management MANGT 510 A problem-based, interdisciplinary course in project management skills and techniques needed to manage projects in a modern business environment. 3 credits
Planning and Resource Management MANGT 520*

Planning and Resource Management
A problem-based course that addresses techniques for planning the project development process, including securing resources and resource management.

Prerequisite: MANGT 510

3 credits

Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations


Collective Decision Making


Conflict Resolution and Negotiation





CAS 404

Theory- and research-based communication skills for leaders dealing with work-related problems in contemporary groups and organizations.


Application of theories of decision making to work-related issues in groups and organizations requiring collective resolution and action.


Theories and strategies important for conceptualizing, developing, and managing conflict negotiation, mediation, and third-party intervention. 

3 credits
Applied Statistics STAT 500

Descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, power, estimation, confidence intervals, regression, one- and 2-way ANOVA, Chi-square tests, diagnostics.

Prerequisite: one undergraduate course in statistics 
3 credits

*Students who do not take MANGT 520 must take EMGT 894 for six(6) credits.

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