MBA & MS in Environmental Policy

Clarkson’s two-year dual-degree program leading to a Master of Science in Environmental Policy (MSEP) degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree integrates the study of the function and management of complex environmental systems.

There are 16 credits of overlapping coursework between the MSEP and MBA programs, allowing for the 38-credit-hour MBA program and 30-credit-hour MSEP program to be completed together in a combined 52 credit program of study spanning two years, including an MS thesis (6 credits) supporting the EP degree.

The degree program is advised by a committee (a sub-group of the ISE Graduate Committee) that includes faculty representatives from engineering, sciences, humanities, social sciences and business.

The MSEP coursework prepares students to understand and negotiate the complex process of policy making in order to promote science-based environmental policy regulations (e.g., energy policies and decisions). Students learn about strategies to further an interest in a political, social or economic outcome. They also learn how to develop policy within the public and private sectors.

The MBA program coursework emphasizes teamwork, leadership and managerial skills. Classes, projects and other opportunities focus on development of effective communication skills, including oral, written, and multimedia methods.

Together the MSEP and MBA dual degree prepares our graduates to be exceptional leaders in solving the most challenging environmental issues of today and the future including climate change, access to affordable and clean energy and water, controlling air pollution, and maintaining sustainable habitats.


Applicants will complete the MBA application, which will be reviewed by both programs’ Graduate Admissions Committees. Both programs must independently accept the student for admission.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for both the MSEP and MBA programs, summarized below.

  • No minimum grade point average is required for admission, however in general a GPA > 3.25 is expected in combination with a superior record of academic achievement.
  • Submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. (Note: This requirement may be waived for any applicant that has previously completed a master's or doctoral degree program.) Although the MBA program accepts GMAT or GRE test scores, the GRE is required by the MSEP program (subject test not required). The results of this test, together with the academic record and professional recommendations, form the basis for admission decisions and the awarding of financial assistance.
  • Applicants are expected to have completed a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field relevant to environmental management (social science, natural science, environmental studies, or engineering).
  • Any degree earned internationally must be deemed equivalent to a U.S. bachelor degree. Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended. All transcripts must be submitted regardless of how many credits were earned.
  • Resume (when using our online application tool, you will be required to submit this along with your application).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Two Essays (when using our online application tool, you will be required to submit this along with your application) that are one page each in length, double spaced:
    • Describe your career progress to date and your future short-term and long-term career goals. How do you expect an MBA from Clarkson University to help you achieve these goals and why now? (Note: This is the general MBA application essay; applicants are expected to incorporate their expectations of how the MSEP will facilitate achieving this goal.) 
    • Describe a personal characteristic or something in your background that will help the Graduate Admission Committee to get to know you better.
    • Optional: If you feel there are extenuating circumstances of which the Committee should be aware, please explain them here (i.e. gaps in work experience, academic performance, choice of references, significant strengths or weaknesses to your application, etc.).

MSEP Prerequisites

If the students have not taken a course on American Politics or American Society (sociology) and/or introduction to environmental science, they must take, for no graduate credit, POL 220: American Politics, and/or EV 280: Environmental Science or a relevant Environmental Science graduate elective (if permitted enrollment by course instructor).

MBA Prerequisites

Our prerequisites represent the foundation business coursework that we require all students to have before beginning the MBA program. They can be completed during undergraduate study, our Summer Business Concepts Program (all courses are offered on our campus at no cost), or over the summer at a different institution. The prerequisites are as follows:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Organizational Behavior/Principles of Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Corporate Finance
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Law
  • Information Systems/Computer Science

Fifteen credits of any combination of the following may count toward the MSEP:

  • Environmental Economics (EC 660, 3 Credits) (required for MSEP)
  • Environmental Policy (POL 570, 3 credits) (one of policy options for MSEP)
  • Supply Chain Environmental Management (OM 671, 3 Credits)
  • Corporate Ethical Decision Making (SB 609, 2 Credits)
  • Risk Analysis (EV 532, 3 Credits)
  • Environmental Law (POL 572, 3 credits)

Nine credits of the any combination of the following may count toward the MBA degree:

  • Environmental Policy (POL 570, 3 credits)
  • Risk Analysis (EV 532, 3 Credits)
  • Environmental Law (POL 572, 3 credits)

The following will count toward the MBA degree:

  • Ethics (SB 609, 2 Credits)
  • Environmental Economics (EC 660, 3 Credits)
  • Supply Chain Environmental Management (OM 671, 3 Credits)

MBA & MS in Data Analytics

You can get a dual MBA/MS in Data Analytics by completing 21 additional credits when you pursue both degrees in tandem. The additional Data Analytics courses are:

  • Probability & Statistics for Analytics
  • Database Modeling, Design & Implementation
  • Optimization Methods for Analytics
  • Information Visualization
  • Data Mining
  • Capstone Project

Combined MBA in Healthcare Management & MS in Healthcare Data Analytics

Clarkson University offers a Combined Degree Program for the MBA in Healthcare Management and MS in Healthcare Data Analytics. 

It has become increasingly valuable for people in management positions of health care organizations to possess both the business and management background provided by the Healthcare Management, MBA, and the skills and tools provided by the Healthcare Data Analytics, MS. Students can realize this powerful combination and take advantage of many synergies by working toward both degrees simultaneously.

Students may complete both the MBA-Healthcare Management and the MS-Healthcare Data Analytics programs by taking a total of 24 3-credit courses rather than the aggregate total of 29 courses for the two programs taken separately. This is made possible by shared courses and synergies between the programs.

View the Combined Degree Program curriculum (pdf).