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M.S. Degree Program

M.S. Degree Program

I. Admission Requirements

School of Environment at IU offers a variety of graduate programs to those students who pursue a master degree (M.S.) in Environmental Science. Our fundamental goal is to improve the student’s ability to initiate and carry out a novel research project in the areas relevant to environmental science. Thus, the research programs of the school are currently focused on the major of environmental science only. To be a qualified applicant enrolling in a Master of Science program in Environmental Science, a student must provide:

* A bachelor degree in Environmental Science or in the relevant fields/majors, such as Microbiology, Chemistry, Ecology, Bioengineering, etc., from an accredited university with a transcript at least 3.0 of the GPA.

* Two recommendation references to support your application from persons who know you well in your professional career.

* English capability to meet the minimum requirements for a degree study at JU, including the skills in reading, oral communication, as well as writing, is also required.

* Meet other university’s admission requirements.

(Surf on http://oec.ujs.edu.cn/pub/eng/Admission/ChoosingAProgram/DegreeProgram/).

II. Credit Hour Requirements

The graduate students for environmental science major are required to accomplish at least 30 course credits, where 26 credits are earned from the courses you will take, 2 credits are counted from the seminar course, and the final 2 credits are generally offered from your thesis study.

III. Thesis Research Proposal and Examination

Graduate students are required to initiate their thesis study projects prior to the end of the second semester. The medium-term examination for thesis study is scheduled in the fourth semester. Other following important schedules relevant to your graduate study could be found from the Overseas Education College (OEC) at Jiangsu University. In general, a Master’s student is required to have a research proposal and a plan of study accepted by his or her Graduate Advisory Committee by the end of the second semester of study. A list of completed courses and those proposed to meet school requirements should also be prepared. Please see the GUIDE FOR THESES AND DISSERTATION RESEARCH PROPOSAL AND PLAN OF STUDY in Appendix of this file. A meeting of the Advisory Committee should be convened by the student to discuss his/her proposal and course work.

IV. Thesis and Publication Requirement

Every graduate student is required to publish at least one research paper in a relevant SCI/EI journal prior to being eligible to apply a dissertation defense. The thesis must demonstrate a mastery of research techniques, ability to perform original and independent research, and skill in formulating conclusions that enlarge upon or modify accepted ideas.

V. Available M. S. programs for Environmental Science

* Environmental Chemistry  

* Environmental Biology

* Environmental Ecology

* Bioenergy and Biomass Utilization for Fuels and Chemicals

* Monitoring and Controlling Technologies Applied for Environment Protection

* Environmental Planning and its Management

* Environmental Toxicology

VI. Credits and Course Work

Required Courses


Overview of Chinese Culture






Core courses*


Modern environmental ecology


Advanced Environmental Chemistry


Green oxidation technology


Environmental molecular biology


Environmental microbiology


Environmental ecology


Biotechnology in environmental science


* select at least 2 of the listed courses

Elective courses*


Modern environmental analytical chemistry


Global environment challenges


Environmental ethics


Environmental safety


Ecosystem biology


History of environmental thoughts


Conservation biology


* The listed courses can be selected in terms of the requirements from your major advisor.

VII. Financial assistance

Applicants from a foreign country can apply a variety of Chinese government scholarship that may fully or partially support your degree study at JU. For further information regarding these scholarships provided by Chinese government, you can surf on the website of Overseas Education College (OEC), JU, at http://oec.ujs.edu.cn/pub/eng/Scholarship/GS/. In addition to apply these funding supports, school of the Environment of JU also provide a financial assistance for each enrolled graduate student at least 2000 Yuan a year for Master graduate students, with which the total amount of the funding assistance may be possibly enhanced, depending on the funding availability from a professor’s grants, as well as your performance in academic research.