ICARE NRT Master’s Degree Program

Community Engaged Environmental Science & Social Justice

National Science Foundation
Research Training (NRT) Grant

Broadening Participation
Across the Environmental Sciences
In and Around Baltimore Harbor


We will welcome our third cohort of trainees in Fall 2023!

The ICARE NRT master’s degree is a 2-year interdisciplinary degree program with a dual mission of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice combined with research focused on improving the health of Baltimore Harbor as a socioecosystem. Students will be mentored by a UMBC faculty member and a non-academic scientist from a government agency, non-profit, or industry. That research team will be embedded in a larger stakeholder team, meaning that each student and their mentors will identify one or more community members (non-scientists) with a stake in the research to be engaged in the research from development to completion. Students will also be taking skills courses (community leadership, DEIJ, oral and written communication) and disciplinary courses appropriate to their research project.

Students complete requirements for the program while earning a master’s degree from UMBC in Biological Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Geography & Environmental Systems, the cross-campus Marine Estuarine Environmental Science (MEES) program, or the UMBC School of Public Policy.

TO APPLY: Students need to: 1) apply to their respective program through the UMBC graduate school, and 2) complete a supplemental ICARE NRT application. Target date is January 1st for full consideration. For full details about the application process click here.

Students interested in the program please first complete the
Request for More Information.