Curriculum & Degree Requirements
Core Required Courses (24 credits)
Core Courses (20 credits)
- IEPG 8542 Environmental & Natural Resource Economics(4 credits)
- Please note that microeconomics is a prerequisite for this course. Read more...
- IEPG 8507 International Environmental Law & Politics (4 credits)
- IEPG 8591 Natural Science Foundations for Environmental Policy (4 credits)
- 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)
- ENVS 332 Applied GIS/GPS (4 credits)*
Elective Specialization Courses (24 credits)
A. Students are required to take 8 credits in one of the following tracks:
Business, Sustainability, and 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. This track focuses primarily on frontier and emerging markets while its inter-disciplinary approach draws from the fields of development economics, business management, earth and climate science, conflict resolution, policy analysis, and public administration.
Energy and Climate Change
The Energy and Climate Change track is designed to equip students with the essential technical and analytical tools necessary to address complex energy, resource, and climate policy issues at local, national, and international levels.
Natural Resource Policy and 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. Students in the Marine and Land Conservation track gain core competencies in conservation biology, protected areas management, environmental law and politics, environmental and natural resource economics, and policy as well as the professional leadership skills needed to tackle today’s conservation challenges.
Ocean & Coastal Resource Management
Students who complete the new 16-credit concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management automatically meet the 8-credit track requirements and do not need to pursue a separate specialization.
B. Other electives (Additional research seminars, field studies, workshops, etc.): 16 credits***
Students round out their studies with courses from the Graduate School of International Policy and Management (GSIPM), including additional environmental electives, as well as development, public administration, conflict resolution, trade, business, and additional methods courses. Students are allowed maximum flexibility in choosing courses that complement their chosen track, and are encouraged to consult with GSIPM faculty and their Career and Academic Advisors. Students may also take courses at nearby institutions through the COS Marine Program and other neighboring institutions. Please speak with the IEP Program Chair and the Career and Academic Advisors about these options.
Language Studies program courses are offered in 7 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Through the Institute’s renowned content-based instruction, students combine advanced-level language study with topics related to their graduate coursework. Our Intercultural Competency offerings provide students the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global career opportunities.
Language Studies/ SILP/ Middlebury Language School or Schools Abroad courses (8 credits or more)
Intercultural Competence courses (up to 4 credits)
Total units: 60 to graduate with MA in International Environmental Policy degree
*Not all methods courses are offered every semester. GIS is offered at CSUMB and is available to IEP students space permitting. Other quantitative courses may also satisfy this requirement. Please check with the IEP Program Chair and your Academic Advisor for details.
**Indicates courses that may count towards the specified track if the student’s research is focused on a topic consistent with this field. Must be approved by IEP Program Chair.