International Environmental Policy Certificate Program

International Environmental Policy (IEP) is a dynamic and complex field stretching across many disciplines, scales, organizations, and issues. Yet it is defined by attention beyond domestic borders (International), concern with the health of the natural world (Environmental), and recognition that human decisions are key (Policy). It is a field that demands a broad range of knowledge and skills from its practitioners, no matter what the focus of their work.

The certificate program integrates international environmental law, politics, economics, and science. Beyond these foundation topics, students learn specifically useful skills such as data analysis, policy memo writing, or program evaluation. Previous background in environmental studies (science or policy), international relations, and/or economics is helpful, in combination with some international experience.

Students wishing to deepen their specialization in the field of International Environmental Policy may want to pursue the Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy (MAIEP). This degree builds on a sound specialization in the field - and adds additional requirements.

Non-Degree Option

Individuals who wish to complete a course of study to receive the Certificate in International Environmental Policy may do so within a period of two semesters. These students are considered non-degree, as they are not enrolled in a master’s degree program, and will have a different set of admissions requirements. Working professionals, recent undergraduate students, and individuals who already hold an advanced degree can be considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more details.


To complete the certificate in International Environmental Policy, students must successfully complete 20 credits of core courses and 12 credits of electives for a total of 32 credits.

Certificate Core Courses (20 credits)

The student may choose which courses to take to fulfill the remaining 12 credits, including language courses, subject to the approval of an Academic Advisor and the Assistant Dean of GSIPM.  Students must obtain an average grade of B or higher for all courses completed in furtherance of the certificate.

The requirements listed above are effective as of June 1, 2011.