Curriculum & Degree Requirements
Our program requires 60 credits, including a variety of interdisciplinary courses and unique specialization options.
Core Required Courses (24 credits)
Core Courses (20 credits)
- IEPG 8542 Environmental & Natural Resource Economics (4 credits)
- IEPG 8507 Governing the Global Commons (formerly International Environmental Law & Politics) (4 credits)
- IEPG 8591 Applied Conservation Science (formerly Natural Science Foundations for Environmental Policy) (4 credits)
- IEPG 8511 Environmental Science & Risk Management (formerly IEPG 8512 Quantitative Methods for Environmental Science & Policy) (4 credits)
- IEPG 8506 Public Policy and the Environment (2 credits)
- IEPG 8503 Research Strategies for Environmental Policy (2 credits)
Methods Course (4 credits, select one)
- IEPG 8504 Data Analysis for Public Policy (4 credits)
- MBAG 8540 Quantitative Analysis for Business (4 credits)
- IPMG 8532 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (4 credits)
Elective and Specialization Courses (24 credits)
Business, Sustainability, & Development
The Business, Sustainability, and Development track is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to deliver targeted environmental and social benefits through sustainable enterprise.
Natural Resource Policy & Management
The Natural Resource Policy and Management track develops the knowledge and skills needed to craft effective strategies for the protection of marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
Ocean & Coastal Resource Management
Students who complete the new 16-credit concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management automatically meet the 8-credit track requirement.
Students are allowed maximum flexibility in selecting courses that complement their chosen track, including additional environmental electives, as well as development, public administration, conflict resolution, trade and business courses from the Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM). Students may also take courses at the COS MARINE program and other neighboring institutions.
Language and Intercultural Studies program courses are offered in 7 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Additional languages are offered upon request. Through the Institute’s renowned content-based instruction, students combine advanced-level language skills development with topics related to their graduate coursework/professional interests. Our Intercultural Competency offerings provide students the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global career opportunities.
Students can choose to complete the 12-credit Language and Intercultural Competency (ICC) component by taking 8-12 credits of language courses in a single language, and up to 4 credits of ICC coursework. Students need to meet the minimum proficiency requirement in the language (200-level for Spanish and Arabic, 300-level for all other languages), demonstrated by taking a placement test.