A Systems Perspective for Today’s Environmental Challenges

    Our MS in Environmental Policy prepares the next generation of environmental and energy policy analysts and experts to understand and impact the complex socioeconomic and political processes that create environmental outcomes. Clarkson’s focuses on human dimensions within the broad context of underlying natural systems to provide a unique graduate experience in environmental management. Our graduates leave well-prepared for careers as policymakers and analysts and work nationally and internationally in government, non-profit and private sectors.

    Recent Environmental Policy projects range from establishing a carbon-offset program through agroforestry in Africa and evaluating policies related to fracking in New York state, to establishing a governance structure for a municipality-scale emergency microgrid.

    Environmental Policy Double-Degree Option


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    Environmental Policy Curriculum

    The MS in Environmental Policy program consists of 30 credit hours for the MS program. Most students complete this degree in 12 to 18 months.

    Environmental Policy Curriculum

    Degree Requirements:

    MS in Environmental Policy Required Courses:

    The master’s candidate must complete 30 credit hours, including 2 credits of seminar; and at least 6 credits of research. Additionally the master’s candidate must take:

    • POL 570 (Environmental Policy) or POL 571 (Energy Policy)
    • EC 660 (Environmental Economics)
    • SS 580 (Research Methods) or EC 611 (Econometrics) or EV 612 Directed Study (Methods)
    • Two different elective courses from two separate categories.  Electives are divided into four categories:  Environment & Society; Environmental Philosophy & Theory; Environmental Policy; and Environmental Science (see below)
    • If an introductory course on Environmental Science has not been taken then EV 280 (Environmental Science) must be taken for no graduate credit, or an Environmental Science graduate elective must be taken (for credit)
    • If a course on American Politics or American Society (sociology) has not been taken, then POL 220 (American Politics) must be taken (this cannot be used for graduate credit)
    • Complete Thesis

    Example Elective Courses:

    Environment and Society

    • ANTH 570          Environment, Technology and Society
    • ANTH 581         Culture & Consumption
    • ANTH/SOC 586 Food and Society or What to Think About What you Eat
    • SOC 530             Health, Wealth, Inequality and the Environment

    Environmental Philosophy & Theory

    • POL 592            Environmental Political Theory
    • PHIL 505           Sustainability Theory & Practice:  A Critical Assessment
    • PHIL 510           Where the Wild Things Are; Environmental Philosophy & the Ecosphere

    Environmental Policy

    • POL 571            Energy Policy
    • POL 572            Biofuel and Farm Policy
    • POL 575            Environmental Law

    Environmental Science

    • CE/EV 535        Groundwater Hydrology & Geochemistry
    • CE 577              Atmospheric Chemistry
    • CE 580              Environmental Chemistry
    • CE 584              Chemo-dynamics
    • CE 586              Industrial Ecology
    • ES 532              Risk Analysis
    • ES 531              Environmental Sustainability & Risk Analysis
    • EV 536             Global Climate Change: Science, Eng., & Policy

    MS/MBA EP Double-Degree Option

    • There are 16 credits of overlapping coursework between the MBA and MSEP programs, allowing for the MBA and MSEP degree requirements to be completed in a combined 52-credit program of study spanning two years, including an MS thesis (6 credits) supporting the MSEP degree.
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    A complete application consists of the following:

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    • Online Application Form
    • Resume.
    • Statement of Purpose.
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation.
    • Official Transcripts.
    • GRE Test Scores.
      • Required: Waiver requests will not be considered.
    • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
      • Minimum Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (80) and TOEFL Essentials (8.5), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).

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