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Environmental Policy

To a large degree, environmental policy determines how society impacts the natural world. There are numerous graduate programs that educated students in this critical field.

Note: programs change over time. Check current websites to get up-to-date information.

American University

  • College of Arts and Sciences, Environmental Policy
  • 4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. , Washington , DC 20016-8107 U.S.A.
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  • Phone : 1-202-885-3620; Fax: 1-202-885-1505

Degrees Offered: M.A. in Global Environmental Policy

Description: The M.A. in Global Environmental Policy trains students to analyze the causes of environmental degradation and equips them to participate in the policy process. The Program is a multi-disciplinary course of study that cultivates an understanding of the bio-physical dimensions of environmental issues as well as the socio-economic and political processes that shape the relationship between human beings and the natural environment. Environmental protection does not take place in a vacuum but is related to other social goals and must be pursued at all levels of collective life. The Environmental Policy Program addresses multiple elements of policy-making through a concentration on political economy, international diplomacy, environmental ethics, sustainable development and environmental justice. In addition to course work, students work closely with individual faculty members as they proceed through the Program and undertake their own research.

Antioch New England Graduate School

  • Department of environmental studies, environmental studies
  • 40 Avon Street, Keene, NH 03431-3516 U.S.A.
  • 1-603-357-6265; Fax: 1-603-357-0718

Degrees Offered: M.S. - Environmental Studies;

Description: The Individualized Program (IP) has been designed to meet the needs of students whose professional goals cross disciplinary boundaries and whose interests and needs cannot be met within the requirements of one of Antioch New England's Environmental Studies programs. Students engage in a rigorous and rewarding process of crafting an academic framework which reflects their individual professional goals while providing a structured and disciplined approach for achieving academic depth and meaningful practice.

Bard Center for Environmental Policy

  • Bard College , Environmental studies/management/policy
  • PO Box 5000, Annandale -on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000 U.S.A.
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  • Phone : 1-845-758-7073; Fax: 1-845-758-7636

Degrees Offered: Various options: check their website.

Description: An innovative graduate program, the first of its kind, offers intensive study and practical training in preparation for environmental careers in nonprofit organizations, government, and the private sector. Distinctive features include the unique modular course of study which ensures the integrated application of natural and social sciences to environmental issues; strong communication and leadership training; internships; and exceptional faculty, including academic experts and professional practitioners. Following a science-based framework, students become well versed in the legal, economic, political, cultural and ethical forces that influence the decision-making process. Internships, in the United States and abroad, provide applied training and facilitate entry into the job market.

Bemidji State University

  • College of Social and Natural Sciences, Environmental Studies
  • Sattgast Hall, Bemidji, MN 56601 U.S.A.
  • 1-218-755-2920; Fax: 1-218-755-3788

Degrees Offered: M.S. - Environmental Studies

Description: The interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on the natural and social sciences as they relate to environmental problem solving. Each graduate student is required to select a specialization, complete course work requirements, and conduct a research project leading to a thesis.
Areas of Study: Specializations-Environmental Chemistry; Environmental Ecology; Environmental Policy and Planning; Environmental Toxicology; Geohydrology

Boston University

  • Center for Energy and Environmental Studies
  • 675 Commonwealth Avenue , Boston , MA 02215
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  • Phone: 1-617-353-3083; Fax: 1-617-353-5986

Degrees Offered: M.A. - International Relations and Resource and Environmental Management

Description: This program, offered jointly by the Center and the Department of International Relations, examines international environmental and natural resource issues such as global climate change, ozone depletion, acid deposition, food production, deforestation, and the loss of biodiversity.
Areas of Study: economic geography; sustainable development; transportation studies; international environmental policy; developing countries; global environmental negotiation

Boston University

  • Center for Energy and Environmental Studies
  • 675 Commonwealth Avenue , Boston , MA 02215
  • Email :

Degree offered: Master of Arts in Energy and Environmental Analysis

Description: This program is designed to teach students the concepts and analytical tools from the natural and social sciences that are required to understand and alleviate environmental problems. The curriculum is based on a interdisciplinary, systems perspective that challenges the student to integrate theory and techniques from different disciplines. Instruction emphasizes the practical use of computer modeling in which students get hands-on experience with a variety of modeling approaches.

Brown University

Degree offered : M.A. Environmental Studies.

Description: Our goal for the Master of Arts Program in Environmental Studies is twofold: to help you understand emerging environmental problems and to strengthen your competence in managing them. In most fields an MA is a practical degree and this is especially true of the MA in environmental studies at Brown.

Fields of Study: Conservation biology, ecosystem analysis, marine science and policy, environmental communication, environmental health, environmental indicators, environmental justice, environmental law, environmental perception, environmental regulation, environmental responsibility in the University, urban environmental issues.

California State University, Fullerton

Degree: M.A. Environmental studies, with concentrations in Environmental Policy and Planning and Environmental Education and Communication.

Description: Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on human interaction with the environment-cultural as well as natural. Courses integrate knowledge and methods from several disciplines, all of which independently study special aspects of the environment. The program treats the social and cultural aspects of human attempts to exploit, modify and achieve balance with the environment. Curricula include concerns for ecological change, environmental pollution, technological solutions, balanced land utilization, and aspects of planning. The program prepares students to work as professionals in the environmental field.

Admission requirements: University requirements include a baccalaureate from an accredited institution and a grade-point average of 3.0 in the last 60 units of course work attempted. In addition, three letters of recommendation are required. An undergraduate course in ecology and one in statistics are prerequisites for admission. Students without these prerequisites may be admitted provisionally but must take these courses prior to or concurrent with their enrollment in study plan course work.

Clark University

  • Graduate School, Environmental Science and Policy
  • 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610 U.S.A.
  • Email :
  • Phone: 1-508-793-7676; Fax: 1-508-793-0000

Degrees Offered: M.A.

Cleveland State University

  • Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development
  • Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115

Degrees Offered : M.A. - Environmental Studies

Description ; The Master of Arts in Environmental Studies is a new degree offered by the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. It prepares students for careers in environmental policy and management while providing students with a broad, interdisciplinary course of study. Developing human institutions, organizations and behaviors that restore and protect the environment requires careful study of both natural and human systems and their interdependence. This task is at the core of an environmental and urban studies degree program.

College of Charleston

  • Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies
  • MES Program, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424 U.S.A.
  • 1-843-727-6483; Fax: 1-843-727-2012

Degrees Offered: M.S.- Environmental Studies

Description:The Graduate School at the College of Charleston offers a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies (MES). The MES program focuses on human impacts to the environment and provides quality research and management training through a thesis or internship option. The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program, offered by the Graduate School of the College of Charleston, is an interdisciplinary graduate program, designed to provide students an appreciation of the complex and interrelated nature of environmental problems without sacrificing the training rigor of a specific academic discipline. This exciting approach to preparing students for the challenges presented by environmentally oriented careers combines courses from the natural sciences, mathematics, and public policy fields with hands-on learning experience through internship opportunities.  This combination gives students an edge in the ever-growing environmental job market. The MES program prepares those students who want to pursue doctorate degrees after graduation through concentrated study culminating in a thesis project. All MES students focus their programs of study in either Environmental Policy or Environmental Science.
Admission requirements: No specific undergraduate major is required for admission to the MES program, and non-science majors are encouraged to apply, including those studying political science, economics, English, psychology, philosophy, communications, business, or sociology. In most cases, non-science majors should expect to complete additional undergraduate work in order to meet the course work requirements expected for admission consideration. Generally, students applying to the MES program will be expected to meet the following criteria and demonstrate the following course work:  Have an overall undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, with a GPA of at least 2.8 on all science and mathematics courses.  Have a combined score (quantitative, verbal, and analytical) of 1600 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores submitted must have been earned within the previous five years. Applicants with older GRE scores may be required to retake the exam.  Two semesters of college biology with laboratories*.  Two semesters of college chemistry with laboratories*.  *OR, one year each of a college science (with laboratories) in a discipline other than biology or chemistry. (If this option is chosen, students could be required to make up chemistry and/or biology deficiencies.)

Columbia University: M.I.A.

  • School of International and Public Affairs
  • 420 West 118th Street, Room 408, New York, NY 10027-9908 U.S.A.
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  • Phone: 1-212-854-6216; Fax: 1-212-854-3010

Degrees Offered: Master of International Affairs Program

Description: The programs consist of intensive interdisciplinary courses within a core set of requirements and one specialized field, along with proficiency in a foreign language. Functional Concentrations: Economic and Political Development; Environmental Policy Studies; Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs; International Economic Policy; International Finance and Business; International Media and Communications; International Security Policy plus Eight Regional Institutes: Russian, East Asian, West European, Middle Eastern, East Central European, African, Latin American and Iberian, and Southern Asian.
Admission requirements: Undergraduate work should ideally include at least two courses in economics (macro- and micro economics). Students lacking an economics background are advised to make up this deficiency before entering the School. For the MIA, applicants should have studied at least one foreign language in their undergraduate course work. The average age of incoming students is 26-27 years old, with most applicants having had several years of relevant professional experience before deciding to return to school. A small percentage of students--those who have significant fieldwork or internship experience--apply directly from undergraduate institutions, and about 10% of each year's incoming class comes directly from university. Applicants are encouraged to gain applicable work or internship experience, even if it means delaying graduate study for one or more years.

Columbia University, M.P.A.

  • School of International and Public Affairs
  • 420 West 118th Street, Room 408, New York, NY 10027-9908 U.S.A.
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  • Phone: 1-212-854-6216; Fax: 1-212-854-3010

Degrees Offered: Master of Public Administration

Description: What kind of education does it take to build quality schools where none existed? To found a shelter for battered women and keep it running day after day? To re-engineer a failing agency so it delivers services on time, in volume, and under budget? To create an immunization program for children who’ve never even seen a doctor? To float a billion dollar bond proposal to revitalize a declining city? To draft and pass a bill to help a neighborhood suffering from an environmental threat? Around the world, MPA graduates do these jobs every day - and more. Our students' career goals vary. Public, non-profit, private, or all three: that's the new world of public affairs. And our students are amazingly diverse, hailing from 71 countries around the world. But despite this diversity in goals and backgrounds, all our graduates share two bonds: a passion for public service, and an education that lets them convert raw passion into effective practice.
Admission requirements: Undergraduate work should ideally include at least two courses in economics (macro- and micro economics). Students lacking an economics background are advised to make up this deficiency before entering the School. The average age of incoming students is 26-27 years old, with most applicants having had several years of relevant professional experience before deciding to return to school. A small percentage of students--those who have significant fieldwork or internship experience--apply directly from undergraduate institutions, and about 10% of each year's incoming class comes directly from university. Applicants are encouraged to gain applicable work or internship experience, even if it means delaying graduate study for one or more years.

Drexel University

  • The School of Environmental Science, Engineering, and Policy
  • Graduate Studies in Environmental Engineering, Science, and Policy
  • 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 U.S.A.
  • Email :
  • Phone: 1-800-2-DREXEL; 215-895-2498

Degrees Offered: M.S. - Environmental Policy; Ph.D. - Environmental Policy

Description: The School of Environmental Science, Engineering, and Policy is an internationally recognized center of research and education in environmental engineering and science. It is dedicated to understanding the many factors that determine the health of our environment, exploring options within science and engineering for environmental protection and restoration, and developing policies for implementation of these strategies. The School was formed in 1963 as the Environmental Studies Institute in response to the national need to analyze the conditions of the environment and develop new technologies to remediate current problems and prevent additional ones from arising. Environmental policy was added in 1997 to focus on the need for scientists and engineers to aid in the development of local, national, and international environmental policy.

Areas of Study: air pollution; hazardous and solid waste; subsurface contaminant hydrology; water resources; water and wastewater treatment; ecology; environmental assessment; environmental biotechnology; environmental chemistry, environmental health; environmental policy.

Duke University

  • Nicholas School of the Environment, Environmental Science, Policy and Economics
  • Box 90330, Durham, NC 27708-0330 U.S.A.
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  • Phone: 1-919-613-8000; Fax: 1-919-684-8741

Degrees Offered: MS/PhD; Master of Environmental Management (MEM), track in Resource Economics and Policy.

Description: The emphasis in the interdisciplinary professional degree programs (Master of Environmental Management/Master of Forestry) on science, economics, quantitative methods, and communication and team building gives graduate a set of skills that can be applied to a variety of management problems. The graduate degree program (MS/PhD) prepares students for careers in environmental research and/or teaching.

Areas of Study: Coastal environmental management; Forest resource management; Environmental toxicology; Environmental chemistry; Environmental risk assessment; Resource economics; Resource policy; Resource ecology; Water resources; Air resources; Biohazard science.

Evergreen State College

  • Graduate Studies, Environmental Studies
  • 2700 Evergreen Parkway, NW, Olympia, WA 98505 U.S.A.
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  • Phone: 1-360-867-6707; Fax: 1-360-867-5430

Degrees Offered: M.E.S. - Master in Environmental Studies

Description: The Graduate Program in Environmental Studies integrates the environmental sciences and public policy throughout the curriculum and in the classroom. Its goal is to provide professional preparation for people working at the interface between ecology and other environmental sciences on the one hand and societal policy making in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors on the other -- and thus to produce graduates who combine an interdisciplinary understanding of the social and natural sciences with the skills and wisdom to intelligently address environmental problems.

Areas of Study: Environmental Policy; Pacific Northwest Resource Issues; Tribal Resource Policy; Pesticides; Landscape Geography; Salmonid Ecology and Management; Forest Ecology and Management; Groundwater and Surface Hydrology; Management of Geologic Hazards; Geographic Information Systems; Environmental History and Philosophy; Russian Environmental Issues

Florida International University

  • College of Arts and Sciences, Environmental Studies
  • University Park, Miami, FL 33199 U.S.A.
  • 1-305-348-1930; Fax: 1-305-348-1908

Degrees Offered: M.S. Environmental Studies

Description: The purpose of the Master of Sciences in Environmental Studies is to train students for work in the areas of environmental policy, natural resource science and management, and sustainable development, with particular focus on the South Florida region, the Caribbean Basin, and Latin America. An emphasis of the program is the cultural and political milieu in which environmental issues of the region are embedded. The program is, thus, interdisciplinary in nature, and emphasizes both natural sciences and social sciences of the environment. Students will be encouraged to take advantage of University-wide resources, programs, and courses in environmental issues, such as those in Public Administration, International Relations, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Political Science, Economics, and Sociology/Anthropology.

George Mason University

  • College of Arts and Sciences (Interdepartmental), Environmental Science and Public Policy
  • Office of Admissions, MSN 3A4, 4400 University Drive, Fair fax, VA 22030-4444 U.S.A.
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  • Phone: 1-703-993-2400; Fax: 1-703-993-2392

Degrees Offered: M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy

Description: The M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy is designed to meet the increasing need for trained environmental professionals who can address the problems of land and water management, land use and urbanization, wetland loss, and ecosystem preservation. These professionals will also need to contribute to the analysis and resolution of global problems such as deforestation, insufficient world food supplies, acid deposition, population growth and public health, global warming, and depletion of the ozone layer. Areas of specific departmental focus include ecosystems, conservation, and sustainability science, policy, and management. Two concentrations are available in the master's program: Environmental Science and Policy and Environmental Management. The Environmental Science and Policy Concentration is designed for students who wish to obtain a research-oriented master's degree. The concentration can serve as a training ground for students wishing to further their education by pursuing the Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy at George Mason or doctoral programs at other universities. The Environmental Management Concentration combines the managerial and administrative skills developed in a traditional master of public administration degree program with the scientific knowledge and understanding normally found in a master of science degree. This concentration serves as a terminal professional master's degree for individuals currently working in or aspiring to work as managers in the environmental field in both government and private industry.

Areas of Study: Aquatic Biology; Biotechnology; Environmental Chemistry and Geochemistry; Environmental Policy; Environmental Toxicology; Geographic Information Systems; Microbiology; Watershed Ecology; Wetland Biogeochemistry

Admission requirements: Applicants for the M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy should hold a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.000 in natural or earth sciences, engineering, resource planning, or a related field from an accredited institution. Applicants should have taken at least two semesters of chemistry and three semesters of biology including a course in ecology.

George Washington University

  • Columbian School of Arts and Sciences, Environmental and Resource Policy
  • Phillips Hall, Room 107, 801 22nd Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20052 U.S.A.
  • Email :
  • Phone: 1-202-994-6211; Fax: 1-202-994-6213

Degrees Offered: M.A. Environmental and Resource Policy

Description: This interdisciplinary program combines course work in political science, economics, the natural sciences, and environmental law. The program integrates these areas and provides the analytical skills required to make effective decisions regarding the environmental and natural resources. The program leads to a Master of Arts in the field of public policy with a concentration in environmental and resources policy.

George Washington University

  • George Washington Institute of Public Policy
  • 805 21st Street, NW • Media and Public Affairs Building • Room 602• Washington, DC 20052
  • 202-994-8500

Degrees Offered: M.P.P., focus in Environmental Policy; M.P.P., focus in Environmental Policy and Management.

Description: The Master of Public Policy degree provides students with education and  training that prepares them for opportunities in professional positions in a wide variety of organizations, including federal, state, and local governments, private business, research institutes, think tanks, non-profit organizations, community advocacy groups, foundations, and professional and trade associations.  The course of studies focuses on problems, policy alternatives, and solutions rather than on academic disciplines. The program faculty is thus drawn from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. Our faculty combine distinguished academic reputations with significant experience in the policymaking process. Students have the opportunity to combine academic training with a wide array of practical experiences available in our nation's capital. The MPP program consists of 40 credit hours (13 courses). The program has two areas of emphasis.  Students can choose: Policy Analysis and Research offered by Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) or Public/Private Policy and Management offered by the School of Business and Public Management (SBPM).  Students pursuing either area of emphasis take a common core curriculum consisting of six courses.  These courses cover: Research Methods and Statistics ; Intermediate Research Methods and Statistics ; Approaches to Policy Analysis ; Economics in Policy Analysis ; Politics and Public Policy Processes ; Capstone Seminar. Students must also take two additional courses in their chosen area of emphasis, three courses in a policy field (e.g., education policy, environmental policy, urban policy-see below for full list), and two electives (that can be, if the student desires, additional courses in the policy field).  The policy fields from which the student can choose depend on the area of emphasis chosen. Environmental Policy (CCAS) field is designed to provide students with the tools needed to understand the causes of environmental and resource problems, the conflicts they generate, and the strengths and weaknesses of alternative policies for addressing them. Environmental Policy and Management (SBPM): The resolution of conflict between resource uses and environmental quality will continue to be an important area of policy concern in the foreseeable future. The depletion of rich accessible ores, loss of topsoil, population growth and urbanization all intensify the conflict between resource uses and environmental quality at a time of increasing public awareness of the degradation of the environment.  Students consider this conflict through courses in economics, engineering science, environmental health, geography, and political science.

Humboldt State University

  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Environment and Community, Dept. of Government and Politics
  • 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521-4957 U.S.A.
  • 1-707-826-4494; Fax: 1-707-826-4496

Degrees Offered : M.A.

Description:Two-year full-time interdisciplinary program in focused upon Environment and Community, to begin in Fall 2003. Students gain theoretical and practical knowledge about environments and communities in the U.S. and around the globe, and the economic, social, and political regulations affecting them. The mission of the Environment and Community program is to prepare students to understand the relationship between communities and their environment, to analyze environment-community issues at different scales, and to act effectively in situations where values and interests diverge. Students completing this program will have: an understanding of both disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches; skills to analyze the environmental consequences of economic and political structures at both the local and global scale; tools to address issues of race, class, and gender in environment-community relationships; an understanding of community, place, and sense of place; knowledge and experience of social science research, including qualitative, quantitative, comparative and applied methods; insight from case studies that offer a problem-oriented approach to learning; preparation for careers in teaching, government, community and environmental organizations; an ethic of service and civic engagement

Monterey Institute of International Studies

  • Graduate School of International Policy Studies, International Environmental Policy
  • 460 Pierce Street, Monterey, CA 93940 U.S.A.
  • Prof. Laraine Lomax, IEP Program Head, (831) 647-4624
  • EMail:;
  • Phone: 1-831-647-4123; Fax: 1-831-647-6405

Degrees Offered: M.A.I.E.P. - International Environmental Policy

Description: Designed to meet the growing need for specialists who work with environmental issues in an international context. Currently we have 50 graduate regular Degree students, and the Program has shown steady growth. The IEP Program at the Monterey Institute is the only such program in the world. There are several environmental policy and environmental science programs, but none is international in design, and none incorporates languages and culture as we do -- prerequisites, as we see it, for truly effective international environmental work. The IEP program is a two-year professional program that combines interdisciplinary study of several related fields with the study of languages and culture. During your two years of study at MIIS, IEP you will take 12 units of language study in a single language. The following courses have served as foundational courses for IEP students: Environmental Science and Policy; International Environmental Law and Organizations; International Economics; Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; Policy, Analysis and Governance; Research Methods and Design

New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • Department of Humanities and Social Science, Environmental Policy Studies
  • Michele Collins, Graduate Program in Environmental Policy Studies
  • University Heights, Newark, NJ 07012 USA
  • Phone : 1-800-925-NJIT

Degrees Offered: M.S. Environmental Policy Studies

Description: The Master of Science in Environmental Policy Studies focuses on the role of the earth and social sciences in the development, implementation and evaluation of environmental policy. Building on the strengths of a technological university, students take foundation courses in physical geography, economics, ethics and policy. This program presents a multidisciplinary course of study that emphasizes empirical and analytical methodologies, together with environmental problem solving within a broader social, historical, and ethical framework. In the core courses, students acquire skills in quantitative research methods and analysis as well as tools to design and assess environmental policy from the perspectives of economics, geography, social psychology, political science, history, rhetoric and philosophy.

Areas of Study: environmental policy; sustainable development; geography; coastal geography; GIS; remote sensing; chemical engineering; applied ethics; philosophy; environmental economics; communication.
Prerequisites for admission : Individuals may have an undergraduate degree in natural science, social science, humanities, or interdisciplinary majors. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. GRE (verbal, analytical and quantitative aptitude) scores of at least 550 are expected.

Northern Arizona University

  • Graduate College, Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Graduate College Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4125 U.S.
  • Email:
  • Phone: 1-520-523-4348; Fax: 1-520-523-8950

Degrees Offered: M.S. Environmental Science and Policy

Description : Success in the environmental field belongs, by necessity, to interdisciplinary thinkers. Such professionals understand, integrate, and apply scientific knowledge from diverse fields, including ecology, chemistry, geomorphology, and hydrology. They are able to interpret and present this scientific synthesis in a context that is relevant to policy specialists and decision-makers. The M.S. program in Environmental Sciences and Policy provides training in critical thinking and communication skills delivered through a shared, interdisciplinary program core that is complemented by advanced technical studies tailored to meet the unique needs and interests of each student.

Ohio University

  • College of Arts and Sciences, Environmental Studies
  • 133 TEB, The Ridges, Environmental Studies, Athens, OH 45701-2979 U.S.A.
  • 1-740-593-9358; Fax: 1-740-593-0924

Degrees Offered: M.S. - Environmental Studies

Description: The Master of Science in environmental studies is an interdisciplinary program of graduate coursework and research. Created in 1970, the program meets the needs of students looking for a broader academic experience than a traditional course of study can provide. The program gives students the flexibility to pursue coursework and research spanning several disciplines. Students' backgrounds run the gamut from business, humanities, and social sciences to physical and biological sciences and engineering. All share a high level of professional motivation and concern for the future of our environment.

Areas of Study: environmental policy and planning; environmental archaeology; environmental monitoring; life sciences (conservation and resource management); earth sciences (air, water, soil); watershed management and restoration; environmental education

Ohio State University

Degrees Offered : M.S. Natural Resources

San Jose State University

  • Environmental Studies
  • One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0009 U.S.A.
  • 1-408-924-2000; Fax: 1-408-924-2050

Degrees Offered: M.S. Environmental Studies

Description: The goal of the Environmental Studies Master's Program is to train independent environmental professionals in the broadly interdisciplinary analytical skills necessary to solve environmental problems. It has been, and continues to be, our belief that a broad perspective is necessary to develop approaches that help preserve, conserve, protect, or enhance the environment for future generations of people and , as well, for all other species with which we share this planet. Throughout the graduate program, students receive skills in communication and critical inquiry through fieldwork, data analysis, manuscript preparation, presentations within graduate seminars and departmental colloquiums, and interaction at professional meetings. Global perspectives (as well as local viewpoints) are integrated in all course work, and graduates are encouraged to serve their society by going through our graduate internship program and carrying out thesis research that addresses the needs of city, state, national, and international agencies. Being a thesis driven graduate program, each student must write a thesis that will pass the department's criteria for good scholarship, as well as the rigorous scholastic requirements of the University's Office of Graduate Studies and Research. Many of our graduate applicants come to us from different colleges having completed a major in another field (e.g., Biology, Geology, Anthropology) so they can make career change to become an environmental professional. Our mission is to help students identify environmental careers they can pursue and put together specialized multi/interdisciplinary advanced programs of study that incorporate the necessary tools and techniques needed for successful employment or further academic study. The environmental studies graduate faculty maintains that "good environmental policy is based on strong science." Consequently in addition to the minimum 27 units of science background required for acceptance to the program, most students are required to study additional natural science for their research projects, proposal, and thesis. Furthermore, most environmental studies theses require more fieldwork and a stronger research component than the typical social science library thesis.

Suffolk University

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • 41 Temple Street, Boston, MA 02114

Degrees: M.S. in Political Science, concentration in Professional Politics.

Description: Do you love politics?  Make it your career!  MSPS alumni are working today as campaign managers, lobbyists, legislative aides, and interest group staff.  Activism is great; paid activism is better.  In our professional politics program: You will get an intensive, hands-on education in essential political skills like fundraising, poll-taking, and campaign management. You will also learn what political science has discovered about why people vote as they do, why interest groups succeed or die, and how to influence Congress and state legislatures. You will have the option of a political internship in a campaign, legislative office, or advocacy office, or consulting firm, to learn about the real world of politics and show your skills to potential employers. Our program combines a solid theoretical understanding of political science with hands-on study of practical applications to help you jump-start your political career.

Tufts University

  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP)
  • 97 Talbot Ave., Medford, MA 02155 U.S.A.
  • Email:
  • Phone: 1-617-627-3394; Fax: 1-617-627-3377

Degree:M.A. & M.P.P. in Urban and Environmental Policy (School of Arts and Sciences)

Description: The Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) offers graduate public policy and planning programs, culminating in either a master of arts (M.A.) degree or a master of public policy (M.P.P.) degree. In addition, in combined degree options with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Biology, students may attain a master of science (M.S.) degree. The programs prepare public-spirited individuals for careers in government, nonprofit organizations, citizen advocacy groups, and the private sector. The goal is to educate a new generation of leaders — practical visionaries — who will contribute to solving key public problems by making institutions more responsive to the social and economic needs of communities and by moving toward the sustainable management of environmental resources. Students focus on public problems in the broad areas of urban and social policy and planning or environmental policy and planning, as well as on issues linking these various concerns. Faculty and student interests cluster around the following areas: community development and housing; social policy: poverty, race, children, and families; natural resource management; toxic substances; and sustainable communities. The distinguishing strengths of the programs include a focus on the role of nonprofit and community-based organizations both in formulating and implementing public policies and plans, and an emphasis on social justice, individual rights and responsibilities, and the equitable distribution of resources.

Tufts University: Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • 160 Packard Avenue, Medford, Massachusetts 02155-7082
  • Phone: 617.627.3700

Degree: M.A./M.A.L.D. in International Environment and Resource Policy

Description: The rapid growth of resource use and the acceleration of land conversion to feed and house an expanding population have created a new set of transboundary and global commons problems. During the past 30 years, the international community has attempted to reverse the loss of fisheries, forests and species, the disruption of the atmosphere and climate, the degradation of land, air and water and the global distribution of toxic substances by implementing hundreds of bilateral and multilateral agreements. Many of these treaties and soft law declarations impose totally new responsibilities upon national governments, and create new approaches to the relationships among states and with the private sector and non-governmental organizations. The program demonstrates how environment and resource issues are integral to the ongoing economic development process and are critical to the security of societies. The role of science in developing sound policies is emphasized, as is the role of technology choice and the policies that influence them. Clashes such as those that occur between trade and environmental treaty regimes, forest protection and sovereignty and between developed and developing countries create new challenges for international diplomacy. The program emphasizes the need to utilize multiple disciplinary tools from science, economics, politics, law and engineering in developing sustainable solutions.

University of California, Berkeley

  • Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
  • 145 Mulford Hall # 3114, Berkeley, CA 94720-3114 U.S.A.
  • Email:
  • Phone: 1-510-642-6410; Fax: 1-510-643-5438

Degrees Offered: M.S.; Ph.D.

Description: The ESPM graduate program focuses on current and future anthropogenic environmental problems of major social and political impact, which are based in the biological and physical sciences. The program offers two general kinds of education needed to produce graduates qualified to address these hybrid problems: 1) broadly based interdisciplinary education, and 2) disciplinary education in relevant fields supplemented with exposure to cross-disciplinary communication and problem solving. The Master of Science program in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management leads to an advanced degree for those students interested in a year or more of formal graduate work directed towards an academic or research specialization falling within the ESPM areas of disciplinary emphasis: Ecosystem Science, Forest Science, Insect Biology, and Resource Institutions, Policy, and Management. The course work may stay narrowly focused, or be designed to develop an interdisciplinary program of course work that combines natural, biological, and/or social science approaches to provide new perspectives or an innovative approach to the solution of environmental problems. Areas of Study: biology and ecology of insects; ecosystem function and environmental issues of soils; plant health/interactions from molecular to ecosystem levels; range management and ecology; forest and resource policy, sustainability, and management.

Prerequisites for admission : The completed undergraduate program should normally be in a field relevant to the disciplinary emphasis chosen. Applicants without this background may be admitted with the understanding that their course work must compensate for deficiencies in their preparation.

University of California, Irvine

  • School of Social Ecology
  • 232E Social Ecology I, Irvine, CA 92697-7065 USA
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  • Phone: 1-949-824-5917; Fax: 1-949-824-2056

Degrees Offered: M.A. Environmental Health Science and Policy; M.A. Social Ecology with a Concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis

Description, EHSP: Human health and the integrity of the natural environment are interdependent. More now than ever, challenges in public health and the environment must be faced using knowledge both from the social and natural sciences. The graduate program in Environmental Health Science and Policy (EHSP) is rooted in existing disciplines, but emphasizes an emerging common base of knowledge that spans both the social and natural sciences. To optimize flexibility, including options for primary emphasis on laboratory and field work the curriculum is organized around four concentrations: Environmental Biotechnology, Environmental Health Science, Environmental Management and Policy, and Epidemiology and Public Health.

Description, SEESA : The M.A. in Social Ecology with a concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis offers training in the practical research skills needed to address analytical problems confronting society, business, government, and the nonprofit sector. The concentration emphasizes the Pacific Rim and issues defining Southern California's population, such as immigration, changing household and family structure, racial and economic inequalities, and the impact of local and regional population growth. Informed by the interdisciplinary field of demography, the program draws on faculty and courses in the Schools of Social Ecology and Social Sciences.

University of Colorado at Boulder

  • Campus Box 397, Boulder, CO 80309-0397
  • Phone: (303) 492-5420; Fax: (303) 492-5207

Degree: MS in Environmental Studies

Description: The MS track in Environmental Studies trains students for careers in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors. Graduates will have: The ability to deal with real-world problems; The ability to evaluate policy goals in the context of competing societal objectives; Fundamental knowledge of the relevant environmental sciences to be intelligent users of scientific information; The ability to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines in the context of complex environmental issues; An understanding of the local, state, and federal decision processes that shape environmental issues; The ability to think critically, creatively, and holistically about environmental issues; The ability to work in interdisciplinary teams; and Skill in public speaking and writing for nonspecialist audiences. The degree requires completion of 36 credit hours as follows: 9 hours of a common core focused on science, policy and philosophy; 9-15 hours of a secondary core focused on developing substantive and methodological expertise; and 12-18 hours of electives chosen to broaden and deepen the graduate training. Both a thesis and nonthesis option is offered.

University of Delaware - Center for Energy and Environmental Policy

Degrees: Master of Energy & Environmental Policy (M.A.); Master of Environmental & Energy Policy (MEEP)

Description: CEEP supports four graduate programs in the energy and environmental policy field: a Master of Arts, with a concentration in Energy and Environmental Policy (M.A.); a Master of Environmental and Energy Policy (MEEP); a Ph.D. specialization in Technology, Environment and Society (Ph.D./TES); and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Energy Policy (Ph.D./EEP). All four programs are administered by the Graduate School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. The M.A. concentration in Energy and Environmental Policy includes 36 credit hours of graduate work, of which 15 are in the core curriculum and 21 are in the area of concentration. The Ph.D. specialization in Technology, Environment and Society (Ph.D./TES) has three components: a 15-credit-hour core curriculum, the development of a research area and the dissertation proposal involving at least 27 credit hours; and the writing of the dissertation. Areas of specialization include: comparative energy and environmental policy; sustainable development; political economy of energy, environment and development; environmental justice; conservation and renewable energy policy; integrated resource planning; and technology, environment and society. Both programs of study lead to degrees in urban affairs and public policy and are intended for individuals who wish to study in the general area of public policy with a focus on energy and environmental issues.

University of Denver

  • University College, Environmental Policy and Management
  • 2211 South Josephine Street, Denver, CO 80208 U.S.A.
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  • Phone: 1-303-871-3155, ext. 407; Fax: 1-303-871-3303

Degrees Offered: M.E.P.M - Master of Environmental Policy and Management

Description: The Environmental Policy and Management program at University College differentiates itself from other environmental programs by focusing specifically on environmental management and leadership. Environmental science and technology are key components in the program, but the emphasis is on a seamlessly blended curriculum that stresses the formulation of sound environmental policies, practical applications of knowledge, and an ethical management philosophy. This program provides a seamlessly blended graduate education that stresses ethical management, science-based environmental policies, and professional applications of technical knowledge.

University of Maine

Degrees Offered: M.S.-Resource Economics and Policy (Concentrations available in Environmental and Resource Economics, Community Economic Development, Agricultural Production and Marketing); Resource Utilization; Ecology and Environmental Science (Concentration in Environmental Policy and Management)

Description: The M.S. degrees provide students the skills required to successfully address timely economic questions relating to community, agriculture and environmental resource policy and management. Numerous research assistantships are available; assistantships pay approximately $15,000/yr. plus provide for free tuition

Areas of Study: forest and watershed management and policy; wildlife and fisheries management and policy; energy policy; sustainable development; landuse planning; GIS applications in environmental management, community economic development, food safety and health policy

Admission requirements: An undergraduate degree in economics or an associated field is desirable, but is not essential for admission to this program. The Department is much more concerned with the applicant's capacity for graduate study and the quality of previous work. However, there are certain prerequisites that the student is strongly encouraged to complete before entering the graduate program. These prerequisites are: Intermediate microeconomic theory (equivalent to UM's ECO 420); Statistics (equivalent to UM's MAT 437 or 438); Calculus (equivalent to UM's MAT 114-115, 122 or 126).

University of Michigan

  • School of Natural Resources and Environment
  • Graduate Admission, 1520 Dana, 430 E University, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 48109-1115 U.S.A. Email :
  • Phone: 1-734-764-6453; Fax: 1-734-936-2195

Degrees Offered: M.S.; Ph.D.

Description: At the master's level, SNRE offers students both a systematic, integrated approach to the study of natural resources and rigorous training in specific fields of study. These areas of study include aquatic ecosystems; biodiversity; business and the environment; conservation biology; ecological restoration; ecosystem management; environmental behavior, dispute resolution, economics, education, justice, modeling, policy, psychology, and sociology; gis and remote sensing; global change; landscape architecture; landscape ecology; land use planning; sustainable systems; terrestrial ecosystems; and urban design. Students at the master's level develop an analytical understanding of the biophysical and socio-behavioral aspects of natural resource use and environmental problem-solving. Through course work, research, and fieldwork all master's level students develop the scientific understanding, theoretical perspectives, and professional skills needed to become effective and innovative administrators, policy makers, resource managers, landscape architects, researchers, or educators.

University of Minnesota

  • Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
  • 225 Humphrey Center, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA
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  • Phone: 1-612-626-7229; Fax: 1-612-626-0002

Degrees Offered: M.S. in Science Technology and Environmental Policy; Master of Public Policy

Description: The program trains student in the role of science and technology and in the economy, in food production and health, in energy and the environment, in security policy, and in education. Training also covers the analysis and design of policies for appropriate promotion and regulation of science and technology regionally nationally, and internationally. The interaction of science and technology with public policy is bidirectional. Scientific understanding and technological development affect the choices we make in a wide range of public policies; government investment in and regulation of science and technology affect its direction and health. The objective of the M.S. degree in science, technology, and environment policy is to provide students with an understanding of: the role of science and technology in the economy, in food production and health, in energy and the environment, in security, and in education; the impact of science and technology on the political and economic relationships among nations; and the analysis and design of policies for appropriate promotion and regulation of science and technology regionally, nationally, and internationally. The program aims to educate students with both natural and social science backgrounds to assume roles in public policy development. M.S. students are expected to have completed an undergraduate degree program with a major in one of the natural or engineering sciences or to have taken courses beyond the introductory level in at least one natural or engineering science. The M.S. degree program focuses on the social science skills necessary for analyzing public policy implications of science and technology-related questions.

Areas of Study: Energy and environmental policy; Science and technology policy; food production and health; science and the state

University of Minnesota

  • College of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Science and Management
  • Director of Graduate Studies in Natural Resources Science and Management
  • University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • 190 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
  • Phone: 1-612-624-2774; Fax: 1 612 624 6282

Degrees Offered: MS; PhD

Description: The graduate program in Natural Resources Science and Management provides opportunities for graduate students in an array of research subjects that are organized into seven tracks. This program is characterized by both breadth and depth, and builds on the strength of the University of Minnesota and the long tradition of natural resources in the College of Natural Resources. Our graduate program has consistently been ranked among the top programs in the country. The seven tracks offered are: Forests: biology, ecology, conservation and management; Economics, policy, management and society ; Assessment, monitoring and geospatial analysis; Recreation resources, tourism and environmental education; Forest hydrology and watershed management; Forest products; and Paper science and engineering.

Prerequisites for admission : Most students entering the graduate program in Natural Resources Science and Management have completed undergraduate degrees in natural resources or a related field with at least a B average. However, if you have a strong academic record in another field of study such as biology, business, engineering, mathematics, or social science, we encourage you to apply. In this case, you would complete the necessary prerequisites for advanced courses either before entering or during the early stages of your graduate program.

University of Montana

  • Graduate School, Environmental Studies
  • Jeannette Rankin Hall, Missoula, MT 59812-1084 U.S.A.
  • 1-406-243-6273
  • Email:

Degrees Offered : M.S. Environmental Studies; combined M.S. in EVST with J.D. in Law

Description:For over 29 years EVST has trained students serious about the world's--and our region's--environmental concerns. EVST offers a flexible and thoroughly interdisciplinary approach. Students are largely responsible for structuring their course of study with faculty from throughout the campus. Our objectives are to improve the quality of life and to protect our planet. To move towards those objectives, sensitive and innovative approaches to environmental problems are required. Our approach is interdisciplinary, stressing environmental science, environmental policy and environmental thought and literature. After taking a core course in each of these areas, students design a course of study based upon their interests and needs. Protecting the earth and planet requires more than interdisciplinary thinking; informed "activism" is also necessary. EVST requires every student to complete a course requirement in activism. Our interdisciplinary-activist emphasis is unique among graduate programs.

Study Areas : Environmental Sciences; Environmental Education; Environmental Law; Environmental Advocacy; Environmental Writing; Environmental Policy

University of New Hampshire

  • Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Conservation
  • 105 Main Street, Thompson Hall, Durham, NH 03825 U.S.A.
  • 1-603-862-3000; Fax: 1-603-862-3617

Degrees Offered: M.S.

Description: This program is designed for students whose work crosses disciplinary boundaries within the natural resources and thus do not easily fit within one of the existing options. Students can later choose to specify one of the five options if their research interests change or if they become specific to one individual area.

Areas of Study : Natural resource policy, conservation biology, sustainability, ecological ethics and values, conservation education, and international environmental affairs.

University of Oregon

Degrees offered: The program offers a two-year master of science (M.S.) or master of arts (M.A.) degree in environmental studies and a three- to five-year post-masters doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in environmental science, studies, and policy.

Description : The Environmental Studies Program is a flexible and interdisciplinary graduate program. Students design a course plan tailored to their individual goals and interests and identify faculty members who can advise them in developing and completing their projects and theses. The program operates as an autonomous unit within the College of Arts and Sciences. More than eighty faculty members affiliated with the program have research and/or teaching interests in local, regional, and global environmental issues such as urban growth, sustainability, water resources, public land management, marine resources, land use, and endangered species. The program attracts exceptionally strong students. Our students often have nonacademic environmental experience (employment, volunteer work, internships, Peace Corps, or Americorps). Most graduate students in environmental studies receive funding for all or part of their graduate program. Program members enjoy a strong sense of community. The success of a student's individualized program relies heavily on personal initiative and self-discipline. Many students focus on the law, policy, and science of environ-mental issues; others choose to focus on the philosophical and historical legacies that underlie the human connection with the environment. Some students integrate cultural representations of environment through studies in art, music, dance, theater, and literature. Master's students also can obtain concurrent graduate degrees from other departments or from the School of Law. Program graduates have gone on to work for government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector or have entered doctoral programs. The doctoral program prepares students for careers in research and teaching in postsecondary institutions or for employment in government and nongovernment sectors.

University of Pennsylvania

  • College of General Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Environmental Studies
  • 3440 Market Street, Suite #100, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335 U.S.A.
  • 1-215-898-7326

Degrees Offered: Master of Environmental Studies

Description:The Master of Environmental Studies is offered by the College of General Studies in cooperation with the Institute. Course work for the Master of Environmental Studies brings together researchers and practitioners in the physical and biological sciences, economics, social sciences, and other arts and sciences disciplines with professionals in planning, health care and the law. This multidisciplinary approach provides graduates with the breadth necessary to address the complexity of environment problems as well as the depth to provide specific expertise in environmental issues and management. Within its twelve schools, the University encompasses programs and faculty who address aspects of environmental analysis and management from many perspectives. Whether the aim is to assess the risk of exposure to toxic substances, to plan for energy efficient land use, or to evaluate the impact of man on the global climate, members of the University faculty continue to play a major role in shaping the ongoing dialogue about the relationship between humans and the environment. The Institute for Environmental Studies (IES) at Penn draws these individuals into a focused intellectual community which forms an academic base for the graduate program in Environmental Studies. The MES program typically admits students into one of several disciplinary streams that are well developed at Penn: Environmental Biology; Environmental Communication & Education; Environmental Health; Environmental Humanities;Environmental Geology; Environmental Policy; Resource Management.

University of South Florida

  • College of Arts and Sciences, Environmental Science and Policy
  • 4202 East Fowler Avenue, SCA 232, Tampa, FL 33620 USA
  • Email:
  • Phone: 1-813-974-3069; Fax: 1-813-974-2184

Degrees Offered: M.S. - Environmental Science and Policy

Description: The graduate program in Environmental Policy and Science offers a unique, interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies. Students wishing to gain admittance into the graduate program in Environmental Science and Policy must have a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an approved college or university. Students entering the program typically should have an undergraduate degree in a discipline related to environmental science or environmental policy.

Areas of Study: Wetlands; Environmental Economics; Environmental Ethics; Brownfields; Global Climate Change; International Environmental Policy

Admission requirements: Students wishing to gain admittance into the graduate program in Environmental Science and Policy must have a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an approved college or university. Students entering the program typically should have an undergraduate degree in a discipline related to environmental science or environmental policy. Some students entering the program may be required to take prerequisites or audit courses at the undergraduate level as determined by the Graduate Director or the Program Graduate Committee. The minimum skills needed for the successful completion of the program are: An understanding of basic statistical procedures, gained in a typical undergraduate statistics course. Basic knowledge of natural sciences, gained typically by one year of science courses at the undergraduate level. Basic knowledge of social sciences, gained typically by courses in political science, social science, geography, economics, philosophy and related fields. Ability to think critically. Good command on writing and presentation skills. Basic knowledge of computers related software and internet access

University of Southern California

Degree: M.A. Environmental Studies

Description: The MA program is an interdisciplinary program spanning the social and natural sciences. Directed towards the study of national and intManagement; and 3) Environmental Planning and Analysis. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a career in the rapidly expanding environmental field, but is also well suited for students interested in teaching, government, business, law, and consulting.
Admission requirements: Undergraduate GPA of about 3.0 or higher and combined GRE score of about 1000 or higher (quantitative and verbal sections). Students with a baccalaureate degree in any major may be admitted into the program as long as they have completed a year of biology, a year of chemistry, a course in earth sciences, either life or physical sciences or engineering, a course in statistics (or calculus), an introductory human environment, social ecology or environmental studies course in the social sciences. It is recommended that students take a science course in ecology and a course in economics at the undergraduate level prior to applying for admission. The Director of the Environmental Studies Program will consider other relevant coernational environmental issues and policy problems, the program offers students the choice of three concentrations for study: 1) Global Environmental Issues and Development; 2) Law, Policy, and urse work and work experience as a possible substitute for the required and recommended course work.

University of Washington, Bothell

  • Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, Policy Studies
  • 18115 Campus Way NE. Box 358511, Bothell, WA 98011-8246 USA
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  • Phone: 1-425-352-5427; Fax: 1-425-352-3462

Degrees Offered: M.A. - Policy Studies

Description: The Master of Arts in Policy Studies at the University of Washington, Bothell offers an innovative, integrated approach to the study of contemporary policy issues in local and global contexts and prepares students for policy-related analyst and leadership careers in public, private and non-profit organizations. MAPS faculty and curriculum emphasize the integration of skills, abilities and fields of knowledge that lie at the heart of a liberal arts education with the field experiences, applied research, learning opportunities, and professional skills essential for policy professionals and organizational leaders working in our complex, rapidly changing regional and global worlds.

Areas of Study: Human rights; environmental policy; technology policy; public service; labor and human resource policy; health policy; education policy; culture policy.

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

  • Department of Graduate Studies, Environmental Science and Policy
    Instructional Services
  • 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311-7001 U.S.A.
  • Email:
  • Phone: 1-920-465-2123; Fax: 1-920-465-2728

Degrees Offered: M.S. - Environmental Science and Policy

Description: The Environmental Science and Policy program is appropriate for students with interests in the scientific and/or public policy aspects of complex environmental problems. It provides a course of study that prepares its graduates for positions in scientific, technical and administrative organizations and agencies. The program's core focuses on identification and analysis of environmental issues and on developing interdisciplinary approaches and solutions to problems. The program offers three areas of emphasis: Ecosystems Studies, Resource Management, and Environmental Policy and Administration. Each area of emphasis has a practical orientation that involves the student in real world problems and issues rather than presenting theoretical knowledge alone. Each area of emphasis allows for and encourages student flexibility in designing a particular program of study around a core of required courses. A personal program of study may also be developed.

Emphasis in Environmental Policy and Administration : Students who select Environmental Policy and Administration study the characteristics and operation of government institutions; organizational theory, design and evaluation; and substantive policies in regulation, environmental protection, science and technology, and energy and natural resources. Courses emphasize environmental problem analysis and planning, policy analysis and formulation, environmental law and implementation, program evaluation, statistical analysis and the application of social science research methods to environmental issues. The Environmental Policy and Administration area of emphasis prepares students to: · identify and analyze policy-relevant problems of major importance; design, evaluate, and implement strategies and programs for addressing such problems, and design, manage, and evaluate project teams and organizational systems concerned with such problems, policies, programs, and strategies. Graduates typically enter governmental agencies at the national, state or local level, or nonprofit organizations, where their work involves policy analysis, planning, or administration. Some prefer positions in legislative bodies, environmental organizations, or industry where administrative or analytical work is combined with politics, public relations, education or advocacy.

Admission requirements: Each student's prior academic background is evaluated by a program admissions committee when he or she applies. Admission to the Environmental Science and Policy graduate program requires a student to have a baccalaureate degree, completed the equivalent of a basic undergraduate course in statistics, and submitted current GRE general test scores. Students with a background in both policy and science will be given preference in admission decisions. Each area of emphasis requires different skills and preparation; therefore, additional prerequisites vary.

Areas of Study: Ecosystems; Watershed Management; Ground Water Systems; Waste Management; Government Institutions; Natural Resource Policy, Protection and Regulation

Vermont Law School

  • Environmental Law Center
  • Chelsea St., PO Box 96, South Royalton, VT 05068-0096 USA
  • Email:
  • Phone: 1-888-APPLY-VLS or 1-802-763-8303; Fax: 1-802-763-7071

Degrees Offered: M.S.E.L. - Master of Studies in Environmental Law; LL.M. - Environmental Law; Joint J.D./M.S.E.L. program

Description: Vermont Law School is nationally recognized for the strength and breadth of its environmental law programs. The Master of Studies in Environmental Law (M.S.E.L.) is a unique, interdisciplinary degree in environmental law and policy. It is open to environmental professionals seeking to broaden their expertise, as well as to people with a background in law (such as law students and lawyers) seeking a concentration in environmental law. The one-year curriculum includes more than fifty courses in environmental law, policy, science, and ethics. Law students may pursue the M.S.E.L. on a summers-only basis by attending the Environmental Law Center's Summer Session. The First Nations Environmental Law Program offers courses in Indian country environmental law and a Fellowship for members of federally recognized Indian tribes who wish to use the M.S.E.L. degree to address environmental problems in their communities.

Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Center for Environmental Studies, Environmental Studies
  • P.O. Box 843051, Richmond, VA 23284 U.S.A.
  • 1-812-828-6919; Fax: 1-804-828-6949

Degrees Offered : Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental Studies

Description: Students wishing to pursue a cross-disciplinary graduate degree in Environmental Studies may choose courses from among three concentrations: Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Environmental Communications, and Environmental Health. Students must select two focal departments in which to concentrate their studies, as required by the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies. VCU's Center for Environmental Studies reflects a major trend in the field, that of integrating researchers and professionals from various environmental disciplines and technologies into effective multidisciplinary teams. Students in the M.I.S. Program's environmental studies track can take advantage of this approach by designing an individual course of study that reflects their personal goals, combining traditional academic studies with specific areas of expertise or interest.

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