Environmental Policy, MA
BE AN AGENT OF CHANGE. WITH PACE.
Your aspirations, our expertise.
In the Masters in Environmental Policy (MAEP) program at Pace, we consider you a partner. Together we will transform your desire for environmental progress into a mastery of professional skills. Our commitment is to inspire and equip you as a practitioner who will create environmental policies that make a difference. Whether you choose public service or the private sector, analysis or advocacy, we will provide the training and experience you need for a career that is rewarding and meaningful.
Why choose Environmental Policy at Pace?
Policymakers change the world, and Pace has a decades-long reputation as a leader in the environmental policy arena. In addition to a masters program built upon our multi-disciplinary expertise, you will have access to the third-ranked environmental law program in the nation. Pace is strategically located in the Hudson River Valley, one of the birthplaces of the modern environmental movement. Nestled between Long Island Sound, New York City and the Adirondacks you will study, and work, in an ecological, business, philanthropic and governmental hotbed.
LEARN THROUGH EXPERIENCE
Pace provides you all the benefits of a small university environment, and the MAEP program follows suit. Our curriculum offers a personalized experience in law, policy, advocacy, economics and science. It stresses faculty-guided skill development and practical policy arts. It emphasizes experiential learning including internships and guaranteed externships that lead to full-time jobs for our graduates. Our faculty maintain active partnerships in the public and private sectors that help our students to gain placements alongside professional policy makers in agencies, legislative offices, environmental organizations, and green business. The program culminates in a capstone course that challenges students to use their newly-acquired skills in a chosen area of policy research and analysis in partnership with a faculty member.
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Our faculty are more than instructors. They are mentors and collaborators who work closely with you in small class sizes. They are researchers, practitioners and experts in their field who will help you develop the essential skills that make you competitive in the marketplace, no matter your career goals.
Faculty research and specialization includes:
- wildlife conservation
- climate change
- food systems
- water quality
- energy transitions
- green infrastructure
- smart cities
- resource management
- sustainability and resilience
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Program graduates will enter the professional world prepared to influence, formulate and implement policy. Our faculty of experts and practitioners prepares you to work at the nexus of political and natural systems, whether local, national or global. The MAEP program’s first cohort of students gained 100% employment upon graduation, working at the New York Power Authority, Green Business Partnership, Teatown Lake Reservation, and New York State Legislative offices..
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The Master of Arts in Environmental Policy 42-credit program can be completed within two years of full-time study. We are seeking students from diverse interests and academic backgrounds, including but not limited to environmental studies, IT, business, natural sciences, and political sciences. Scholarship opportunities are available for qualified candidates, as well as competitive graduate assistantships.
For more information about the Environmental Policy Graduate Program, contact:
Michelle Land, JD
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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