Pace University’s Master of Arts in Environmental Policy examines not only formal laws and regulations, but also the broader processes of sustainable governance from the local to the global level. The program is rounded out with studies in essential topic areas including pollution control, management of production and consumption, lobbying and advocacy techniques, and maintaining biodiversity. We train hands-on, skilled practitioners who can work across a variety of disciplines to build a more sustainable future.
Program graduates will be prepared to enter the professional world as a leader, analyst, consultant or manager capable of influencing policy formulation, implementation, and management. Our faculty of experts and practitioners prepares you to work at the nexus of political and natural systems, whether local, national or global. You will gain the professional expertise needed to help guide the world to a better environmental future.
Our academic environment is built on the foundation of a decades-long commitment to environmental studies, science, law and advocacy, and a strong reputation for innovative environmental thought and practice. Our interdisciplinary faculty bring a broad range of analytical knowledge and practical experience to environmental policy making. They offer an integrated curriculum of classroom-based theory, training in the policy arts, and real-world learning designed to produce policy professionals who will be at the top of their game in the employment marketplace.
Faculty research and specialization includes:
- wildlife conservation
- climate change
- food systems
- water quality
- energy transitions
- green infrastructure
- smart cities
- resource management
- sustainability and resilience
The Master of Arts in Environmental Policy 45-credit program can be completed within two years of full-time study. Students with diverse interests and undergraduate backgrounds (e.g., environmental studies, IT, business, natural sciences, political sciences) are eligible for admission into the program. Scholarship opportunities are available for certain candidates, as well as competitive graduate assistantships.
The curriculum emphasizes classroom-based skill development, training in the practical policy arts, and experiential learning through externships. The program culminates in a capstone course and thesis or project that challenges you to use your newly-acquired skills in your chosen area of policy research and analysis.
By undertaking this curriculum, you will emerge practice-ready for the full-range of environmental policy professions.
PROGRAM GRADUATES WILL BE PREPARED TO WORK IN:
- Federal, state, and local agencies
- Corporate environmental offices
- Legislative staff
- Nonprofit environmental policy organizations
- Citizens’ groups
TODAY’S ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES CUT ACROSS DISCIPLINES AND POLITICAL BOUNDARIES:
- Climate change
- Community resiliency
- Water depletion and pollution
- Sustainable food supplies
- Alternative energy production
- Loss of biodiversity
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY EXPERTISE IS NEEDED IN ALL OF TODAY’S SECTORS, INCLUDING:
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
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