Master of Science in Expeditionary Studies

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Everyone working in the outdoors understands that there are two requirements for advancing in the profession: experience and knowledge. Earn a master’s degree in our expeditionary studies program and you’ll get both — and so much more.


  • Study with highly experienced faculty — online and in the field
  • Gain experience through assisting in the planning and instruction of field-based undergraduate courses
  • Of the 11 courses, six are online, allowing you to live anywhere while you complete course requirements
  • Capstone courses are independently led expeditions, designed to fit around your schedule

Master of Science (M.S.) in Expeditionary Studies (37 credits)

Admission Requirements

General admission criteria include a completed graduate study application, three recommendations, statement of purpose or intent, official transcripts, and submission of a Degree Completion Plan coincident within the first graduate EXP course. Additional requirements include:

  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • International certifications or equivalent in at least two adventure disciplines, by advisor approval
  • Current Wilderness First Responder certification

Admission Deadline: rolling admission, apply at least six weeks before the start of the fall, spring or summer semesters.

Program Requirements

Contact Information

We invite you to learn more about expeditionary studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. Please feel free to contact the chair.

Jerry Isaak, Chair
Office: 102 Broad Street
Phone: (518) 564-5292