Program in Integrated Scientific Applications School of Science and Mathematics Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Program in Integrated Scientific Applications School of Science and Mathematics Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Millersville, PA
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An M.S. Program integrating scientific competency and business savvy.

The Master of Science in Integrated Scientific Applications (MSISA) at Millersville University is a unique interdisciplinary program combining a business curriculum with a curriculum in one of four scientific specializations: Weather Intelligence and Risk Management, Geoinformatics, Climate Science Applications, and Environmental Systems Management. The program produces future managers and leaders who can successfully negotiate the new paradigm of science and decision-making in the business environment.

An Excellent Job Forecast

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts about 48,000 job openings between 2008 and 2018 for managers with backgrounds in environmental science. The Congressional Research Service Report for Congress expressed concern that the US is not preparing enough students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Currently, the market trends indicate a growing need for managers with broad skill sets capable of collaboration across scientific and business disciplines to take on complex problems.

MSISA Specializations

Students who specialize in climate science study the interpretation of climate data, assessment of the effects of mitigation and adaptation strategies, and measuring the impact of weather variability and uncertainty on business and systems operations.

Environmental systems students take courses on ecosystems, sustainability, impact assessment, and emergency policy. Graduates gain the ability to create and analyze complex business plans that minimize risks across a broad spectrum of potential disasters.

Students who specialize in geoinformatics examine remote sensing, earth imaging, spatial data structures, and advanced GIS systems as aids in developing contingency systems, emergency planning, and business planning.

Weather intelligence and risk management students analyze global markets and their sensitivity to climate change events, environmental risk management, weather derivatives and their value, and global environmental policy. They learn to assess risk, create emergency management plans, and form strategic goals that properly evaluate weather uncertainty.

MSISA Curriculum

Students in all 4 specializations take a common core curriculum of 24 credit hours consisting of accounting, business operations, environmental economics, information analysis, statistical methods, strategic management and a field experience practicum. The final 4 courses are in the student's chosen specialization track.

Distinguished Faculty in MSISA at Millersville

As an interdisciplinary program, MSISA students work with faculty members from numerous departments at Millersville. Many are highly accomplished professionals. Professor Sepideh Yalda researches climate dynamics and regional climate change. Dr. Yalda is a member of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, and SIGMA XI Scientific Research Society. She serves the national committee of the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation's Eyes on the Environment Advisory Committee. She has served as chair of the advisory panel to the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET).

Professor Julie W. Ambler is an expert on marine ecosystems and aquatic food webs, particularly seasonal processes that change the distribution and abundance of zooplankton. Dr. Ambler serves on numerous committees for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA).

Professor Richard D. Clark is chair of the Department of Earth Sciences at Millersville. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and Sigma Chi. Professor Clark served on the AMS board of directors and is a recipient of the Russell L. Desouza Award for outstanding contributions to the UNIDATA community. His research interests include boundary layers and turbulence, air chemistry, space weather, and science education.

Research Facilities at Millersville University in MSISA

Students in the MSISA program at Millersville have access to numerous modern lab equipment and facilities. The Boundary Layer and Atmospheric Chemistry Aerostat Facility has a Vaisala DigiCORA sounding system compatible with RS92 radiosonds, a ScinTec mass acoustic sodar array, Lidar-4 with co- and cross-polarization backscatter capability, a Campbell 10-meter surface Flux tower, and other experimental atmospheric equipment.

Biological facilities include the Marine science Consortium field station at Wallops Island, Virginia, an ecological experimental area on campus, and cutting-edge equipment in histological and cell biology labs.

Entrance Requirements for the MSISA at Millersville University

Applicants to the MSISA program at Millersville University must have bachelor's degrees from accredited institutions with minimum GPAs of 2.75/4.00.They need to provide an official transcript from all institutions of higher education that they have attended. Applicants must also submit a GRE, GMAT, or MAT score taken within 3 years of the date of application. Applicants should also submit a resume and telephone interview.

A Beautiful Campus

Millersville University is located on 250 gently rolling acres in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, about 90 miles west of Philadelphia. The campus features an eclectic collection of Victorian and modern building styles. The university serves about 8,500 students.

Location & Contact

Contact Info
Dr. Victor S. DeSantis
Dean, College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Millersville, PA 17551-0302
Phone: 717-872-3099
Fax: 717-872-3453

Degrees & Award

Programs Offered:
Offers Climate Science Applications (MS); Environmental Systems Management (MS); Geoinformatics (MS); Weather Intelligence And Risk Management (MS).

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