The Master of Environmental Design Studies is a 2-year degree program that includes both course work and a thesis. Most students usually finish within 24 months. If the thesis work extends beyond the end of the second year, students can register as a continuing or thesis-only student. The minimum requirement to complete the program is seven half-credits and a thesis. Depending on the student’s background, a faculty advisor or supervisor may suggest class work beyond the minimum load. The program gives students the opportunity to create and share knowledge that will generate positive change in the world. Students can choose a pressing issue related to resources, environment or human well-being and the environment, and focus research and a thesis around their discoveries. The program’s balance of courses and peer interaction allows students to explore a broad range of issues.