International Environmental Policy (IEP) 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 the focus of their work.
The certificate program integrates international environmental law, politics, economics, and science. Beyond these foundation topics, students learn 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 may want to pursue a Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy (MAIEP).
Working professionals, recent undergraduate students, and individuals who already hold an advanced degree will be considered for the certificate program. Individuals have two semesters to complete the course of study to receive the Certificate in International Environmental Policy. These individuals are considered non-degree students, as they are not enrolled in a master’s degree program, and will have a different set of admissions requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more details.
Curriculum for the International Environmental Policy (IEP) Certificate Program
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)
- IEPG 8503 Research Strategies for Environmental Policy (2 credits)
- IEPG 8506 Public Policy and the Environment (2 credits)
- IEPG 8507 Governing the Global Commons (formerly International Environmental Law & Politics) (4 credits)
- IEPG 8511 Environmental Science & Risk Management (formerly IEPG 8512 Quantitative Methods for Environmental Science & Policy) (4 credits)
- IEPG 8542 Environmental & Natural Resource Economics (4 credits)
- IEPG 8591 Applied Conservation Science (formerly Natural Science Foundations for Environmental Policy) (4 credits)
Students 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.