Links to Environmental Politics and Policy Programs

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Academic Programs:

  • Environmental Studies at The New School (New York City, NY in the Union Square and Greenwich Village Area)
    The New School offers two new programs of study focusing on the environment, a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. This innovative new program, administered by the Tishman Environment and Design Center, takes you beyond natural ecology and resource conservation, emphasizing urban ecosystems, sustainable design, and public policy. The New School has always taken a proactive stance in addressing challenging social issues right here in New York City, and the university is committed to environmental responsibility. In keeping with that tradition, the university offers this wide-ranging program that allows undergraduate students to study and work at the intersection of society and nature, relying largely on interdisciplinary courses that capitalize on the faculty’s expertise and the students’ interests.
  • Master and Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware
    The 36-credit Master of Energy and Environmental Policy (MEEP) has a 21 credit core curriculum and 15 elective credits. The Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy (Ph.D./ENEP) has three components: a 21 credit core curriculum, the development of a research area and the dissertation proposal involving at least 24 credit hours; and the writing of the dissertation. Admission to the Ph.D./ENEP normally requires completion of a master’s degreee in a related field. The ENEP degrees are directly administered by CEEP with the support of the Colleges of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Arts & Science, Engineering, Marine & Earth Studies, and Education & Public Policy. The degrees are intended for individuals who wish to focus their graduate programs on interdisciplinary study in the field of energy and environmental policy.
  • Master in Environmental Applied Science and Management for graduate study in environmental science, technology, environmental management systems and decision making, Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada)
    This is a multidisciplinary program for full-time and part-time graduate students who are seeking advanced study in a professionally-based environmental program that provides opportunities for research in a variety of environmental fields and that leads to management roles in an expanding environment industry. The Environmental Applied Science and Management program is the leader in integrating the environmental science disciplines with studies in environmental management. The curriculum reflects the view that graduate work in the environmental management field requires not only a knowledge of the environmental sciences and how they are applied, but an understanding of environmental management theory and practice. In combining applied science and management, the program also follows the Ryerson university tradition of applied education and research.
    Starting in Fall 2009, a full-time doctoral program in the fields of: 1. Environmental Science and Policy and 2. Environmental Management and Decision Making field will be offered.
  • Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry, Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University
    The professional degrees aim at equipping graduates to begin or advance in a professional career related to environmental policy and management and to manage natural environments for human benefit and ecosystem health. The emphasis is on coursework that provides a strong scientific and analytical foundation for management oriented decision making. A Master’s Project supplements the coursework by allowing students to demonstrate their organizational and analytical skills in solving an environmental management problem in their areas of specialization.
    Students in either program have the option of pursuing the MEM or the MF concurrently with other schools at Duke. The Nicholas School has formal concurrent degree arrangements at Duke with the Fuqua School of Business for the MBA, the Law School for the JD, the Sanford Institute of Public Policy for the Master of Public Policy, the Pratt School of Engineering for the Master of Engineering Management and, the Graduate School for the Master of Arts in Teaching. Students may also arrange to pursue the MEM or MF concurrently with the MBA at Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill or the JD with the Law School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
  • Master´s Program Public and Private Environmental Management at Free University Berlin
    The Master’s Program is offered by the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) and prepares students for occupations in the public and private environmental protection sectors and targets students from the social and natural sciences. Students acquire broad and interdisciplinary environmental knowledge that allows a flexible approach in their work. They gain expertise in environmental policy, law, economics, and especially environmental management, and an understanding of the methods used by these disciplines. Interdisciplinarity, problem solving, teamwork and communication skills are some of the many skills developed in the Master’s Program. Students acquire special expertise related to specific environmental policies and a deepened understanding of the research perspectives of various environmental disciplines. The program is internationally orientated, focusing on both European and global environmental issues. Students have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects at the FFU and in this way to gain insights into current environmental policy matters.
  • Environmental Management and Governance at Wageningen University
    The Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University offers courses for Bachelor programs (3 year), Master programs (2 years) and a 4 year PhD program for students of Wageningen University and other universities. Courses include sociological and political science theory, research methods, and thematic courses. The thesis within the scope of environmental policy and environmental governance may cover topics such as deforestation, eco-labelling, environmental NGOs, urban pollution, EU environmental policy, and ecotourism. Our graduates now hold positions in universities and other research and educational institutes, in consultancy firms, in industry, in environmental offices, and in a variety of local and international NGOs.
  • MSc program Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University
    The 2 years MSc programme Environmental Sciences (MES) at Wageningen University (the Netherlands) is designed for students who want to take up the challenge of finding innovative methods to improve the state of the environment, and sustainable solutions to the threats facing it. The MES programme has its roots in natural, technological and social sciences. It aims at providing insight into the socio-economic causes, the characteristics and the consequences of pollution and degradation of the natural environment, and their effects on human beings, other organisms and ecosystems. Utilising an interdisciplinary approach, students learn to develop analytical tools and models, but also environmental technologies and socio-political and economic instruments to prevent and control environmental problems.
  • Global Environment, Global Goverance Program, Balsillie School of International Affairs
    This field is concerned with the global governance of environmental issues. Courses in this stream examine contemporary dilemmas relating to the ways in which environmental challenges are being addressed and managed through existing international organizations and institutions; governance of the increasingly global system of food and agriculture; and management of resources at the international, regional, national, and local levels. Topics covered include: alternative forms of governance and the advancement of sustainable production practices, the rise of food corporations, agricultural trade liberalization and the WTO, food aid distribution, international agricultural assistance, the global agro-chemical industry, and agricultural biotechnology.
  • Environmental Studies and Science Programs at SUNY
    The Department of Environmental Studies at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) offers a variety of graduate degrees and certificates at both the Master’s and Doctoral levels in environmental studies, environmental science, and environmental policy. Study programs integrate and balance the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences in creative, interdisciplinary contexts. Degrees offered include two newly-approved degrees in Environmental Studies (M.S., M.P.S.), as well as degrees in Environmental Science (M.S., M.P.S., and Ph.D.). In addition, a Certificate in Environmental Decision Making is offered jointly with Syracuse University.
  • Environmental Politics Program at Keele University
    Keele’s one year Masters programme in Environmental Politics provides students with the tools to think critically about the politics of the environment as a preparation for PhD research or for a career in environmental policy or related fields. Students take core modules on environmental politics and research training and a dissertation, along with options from a list including: Environmental Diplomacy, EU and the Global Commons, Feminist Perspectives on Environmental Politics, Green Movements and Parties, Green Political Thought, US Environmental Politics and Policy, Wilderness and Civilisation, Ecological Economics and Environment and Development in the Global South. Since the course began in 1996, graduates have come from more than 12 countries and remain in touch with each other through the alumni network. You can see what both our students and staff think about the Environmental Politics programme by taking a look at our
    YouTube video for MA in Environmental Politics.
  • Environmental Studies Program at Bucknell University
    Bucknell University’s Environmental Studies Program was established in 1979 with BA and BS majors following in 1990. Environmental Studies at Bucknell offers students a core curriculum covering earth and life sciences, environmental planning and policy, environmental ethics and humanities as well as special courses offered by the School of Engineering. The program graduates an average of 20 majors per year (15 BA/5 BS).
  • M.Sc. Environmental Governance, University of Freiburg, Germany
    The Faculty of Forest and Environmental Sciences of the University of Freiburg will introduce an M.Sc. course in ‘Environmental Governance’ in winter semester 2005/06 held in English. It provides a thorough understanding of governance structures and mechanisms in relation to the wise use and conservation of environmental resources. The special feature of this innovative postgraduate course is that it combines the fundamentals of the natural sciences with the complexities of the social sciences. Students acquire knowledge and learn techniques as well as skills necessary to understand, analyze and manage the highly complex, dynamic and often non-linear interactions between ecosystems, economic sectors and societies.
  • Master in Global Environmental Governance (GEG), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    This programme is a unique combination of broad training in political science with intense specialised lectures and seminars on global environmental governance. In the first part of the programme, students will get a solid foundation in political theory, methods of political science, and international relations. In the second part, they will specialise in global environmental governance, with emphasis on the new actors, mechanisms and interlinkages in this important field of international relations. Students will finalise their studies with an MSc thesis, which may be written in conjunction with the many large-scale international research projects already underway at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU University Amsterdam. The MA programme unites challenging academic work with the search for practical solutions and policy reform. It is targeted at students with both academic and practical career objectives, and it is decidedly international in approach.
  • Master in Environment and Resource Management, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    This one-year, English-language master program educates and trains students to become experts in environment and resource management, i.e. to apply concepts, techniques and methodologies to understand environmental problems and to contribute to solutions of environmental problems. The program aims to create a common language among experts from all relevant disciplines, enabling them to effectively work on environmental problems in multidisciplinary settings. In addition, the program provides a ‘toolkit’ of multidisciplinary techniques and methods.
  • Columbia University Masters Program in Climate Science and Policy
    Columbia University’s one-year Masters Program in Climate Science and Policy trains professionals and academics to understand and respond to the causes and impacts of climate variability and climate change. The International Research Institute for Climate Prediction, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Earth Institute and Columbia faculty in the Earth Sciences, Earth Engineering, International Affairs, Sociology and Economics contribute significantly to the program. At the end of twelve intensive months of study, graduates find positions in government, business, and nongovernmental organizations or continue their academic careers in the social or natural sciences, law, business and public policy.
  • College of Marine Studies, Marine Policy Program, University of Delaware
    The Marine Policy (MP) Program is part of an interdisciplinary College of Marine Studies. The MP program examines political, legal, social and economic aspects of the world ocean, the seabed, and the coastal zone. The Program addresses various aspects of marine affairs including, domestic, comparative and international marine law and policy; protection of marine fauna and flora, marine pollution, maritime transportation, environmental and natural resource economics, human dimensions of environmental policy, and coastal zone management. MP Faculty have backgrounds in law, political science, policy analysis, engineering, economics, and anthropology. The MP Program offers a Masters in Marine Policy and a Ph.D. in Marine Studies. As a graduate only College, there is a very low student-faculty ratio. Competitive fellowships and research assistantships are awarded for graduate study.
  • International Environmental Center at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
    The Center for Environmental and Resource Policy, CIERP, provides an interdisciplinary approach to educate graduate students at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. The program integrates emerging science, engineering, and business concepts with more traditional subjects such as economics, international law and policy, negotiation, diplomacy, resource management and governance systems. Our students develop appreciation for the complex nature of formulating effective environmental strategies and solutions. Upon graduation, students are prepared to apply this new diplomatic approach in the context of government and intergovernmental organizations, multinational corporations, and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
  • Master in International Management and Sustainability Program, Amsterdam Graduate Business School, Netherlands
    The Amsterdam graduate Business School (University of Amsterdam) offers a one-year full-time professional Masters program for students who aim for an international career in sustainability policy and management. The program includes courses in Corporate Sustainable Management, European Environmental Policy, Environmental Law, Industrial Ecology and selected courses from the Amsterdam MBA program.
  • Fairfield University Program on the Environment
    Fairfield University’s Environment Program offers undergraduates a core curriculum covering foundation courses in environmental science, policy, economics, and ethics as well as special courses offered by 9 different departments as well as the School of Business and the School of Engineering.
  • Master Programme Sustainability Science and Policy (MSc), Maastricht University, The Netherlands. The one-year Master Programme Sustainability Science and Policy (MSc SSP) provides an intensive programme where students will acquire knowledge and skills to deal with one of the world’s most relevant and complex questions: how can we balance ecological, economic, and social developments for our present and future well-being? The MSc SSP has its own unique character, composed of its integrative and interdisciplinary approach embedded in an international context, and its focus on methods and tools for integrated knowledge production and sustainability assessment (for policy). The Master explicitly focuses on sustainability assessment, and its potential integrative role in a policy context.
  • Evergreen State College, Graduate Program on the Environment Students in Evergreen’s unique, interdisciplinary program in Olympia, Washington use natural and social sciences to study and solve environmental problems through required core courses, electives, internships, independent study, and a thesis.  Graduates go on to work in government, policy, natural resources, nonprofits, environmental education, and sustainable business.  The two-year program is made for experiential learners-classes are in the evenings leaving time for jobs, internships, and volunteer experiences.  We recognize that the best environmental solutions come from a wide variety of perspectives–that is why we accept all majors, and why our students, who come to us from across the US and abroad, represent a wide range of ages, cultures and expertise.  Classes at Evergreen are credit/no credit, and narrative evaluations are used in place of grades to assess performance. Students earn a Master of Environmental Studies (MES) upon completion. The program offers a variety of scholarships and tuition waivers to qualified students.
  • Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • University of Oregon – Environmental Studies Program
  • Oberlin College – Environmental Studies Program
  • University of Colorado, Boulder – Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy
  • Michigan Tech – Graduate Program in Environmental Policy
  • McGill School of Environment
  • Antioch College New England Graduate School
  • Institute of Environmental Sciences at Miami University
  • Global Environmental Policy Program, School of International Service, American University
  • Program in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, American University and the United Nations University
  • Pace University, Masters in Environmental Science
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