Environmental Science and Policy, MS

  • Westchester

This program has STEM designation, which includes benefits such as an extension for international students and a competitive edge in today’s job market.

Be an Agent of Change

Passionate about science and interested in policy? Passionate about policy and interested in science? Passionate about both? We’ve got you covered. The MS in Environmental Science and Policy is an integrated curriculum of science, policy and law, communication skills, and professional advocacy that will make you an effective agent of change in the public, private, or non-profit sectors.

Flexible, Immersive, Hands-on

  • Learn in a small university environment located at the epicenter of American environmentalism.
  • Train with expert faculty who will prepare you for an impactful career in the public, private, or non-profit sectors.
  • Jump-start your career through our network of professional partners and internship opportunities.

Take Courses Like…

The program curriculum can be 36 or 39 credits. It offers three disciplinary tracks: science, policy, and public administration; and two-degree culmination experiences: a thesis or an externship and capstone combination.

A five-course core curriculum ensures all graduates have immersive, interdisciplinary training, while track and degree options allow you to focus on the areas and skills most aligned with your professional and personal learning goals.

Add Opportunities And Experiences

Students work alongside faculty members to expand the knowledge boundaries of the environmental realm and design improved policies. They are trained how to apply analytical techniques to unexplored questions through a research thesis or capstone project.

The New York metropolitan area has deep roots in environmental protection and our faculty are well-connected to professionals in the region, which ensures that you’ll gain meaningful experiences through externships, internships, and research assistant opportunities.

Pace University offers ample physical resources for success, including state-of-the-art lab facilities and critical digital assets. Our students have worked on regional and global research questions, from improving the protection of eels in the Hudson River to mammals in India.

  • NATURE (Westchester Campus) club serves as an outlet for students who have an appreciation and concern for the natural environment.
  • GreenPace Sustainability Committee (all campuses) serves as an incubator of ideas where students, staff, faculty, and administrators can develop sustainability proposals, create research projects, and implement various green practices while involving Pace and the outside community.

“To achieve a sustainable planet, we need professionals who can effectively bridge the gap between science and policy.” —Co-Directors Michelle Land, JD, and Matthew Aiello-Lammens, PhD

Choose Your Career

Influence and make policy as a leader, analyst, advocate, consultant, or manager. Work for a government agency, a legislative committee staff, a high-tech company, consultancy, think tank or non-profit advocacy organization.

There has never been a better time to consider a career in environmental science and policy. Related positions are on the rise in response to a surge in sustainable technologies, new energy markets, environmental disasters, and support for improved conservation policies. Applicants with training and experience in brokering the science-policy interface will have a competitive advantage.

Career Options

Potential career options for graduates of this program include:

  • Consultant
  • Conservation scientist, manager, or land steward
  • Environmental program coordinator
  • Policy analyst
  • Policy associate
  • Sustainability specialist
  • Further studies via PhD programs

Where Graduates Are Employed

Graduates of Pace’s environmental master’s programs are employed as:

  • Community Environmentalist, Teatown Lake Reservation, New York
  • Construction Manager, Guth DeConzo Consulting Engineers, PC
  • Environmental Justice Program Coordinator, New York Power Authority
  • Environmental Outreach Organizer, Scenic Hudson
  • Legislative Analyst, Oklahoma State Senate
  • Policy Associate, Farm Animal Program, Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • Refuse Manager and Wildlife Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Regional Deputy Director, US Senate Majority Leader
  • Sustainability Program Associate, New York University



of Dyson College of Arts and Sciences’ master’s graduates from the Class of 2019 are employed, continuing their education, or are doing volunteer or military service (Source: Pace University Career Services)

What You Need To Know

Apply as a full or part-time student for a January or September start. We gladly accommodate working professionals. No GRE or course prerequisites required for admission and all undergraduate degree majors are welcome.