Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Our Master's in International Environmental Policy (IEP) is a four-semester, 60-credit program. The core course work educates students with the critical knowledge and skills required to tackle complex environmental challenges. Students choose one of three areas of specialization: business, sustainability and development; natural resource policy and management; or ocean and coastal resource management.

Duration Start Dates Accelerated Programs
Credits Language Competency Program Chair
Two years, full time January, August Two or three Semesters 60 Required Jason Scorse, PhD

Sample course schedule »

Core Course Work

The core interdisciplinary course work and integrated professional experiences will give you the critical knowledge and skills needed to tackle complex environmental challenges, especially those posed by threats from climate change. The degree requirements are:

1. International Environmental Policy Core Curriculum

  • Economics: Credits that provide a fundamental understanding of international economics as it relates to international environmental policy. Sample course:
    • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Methodology: Credits that focus on environmental policy methodology. Sample courses include:
    • Data Analysis for Public Policy
    • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Environmental Science: Credits that give you a fundamental understanding of natural resources, conservation science, and risk assessment methodology. Sample courses include:
    • Applied Conservation Science
  • Management and Policy: Credits that give you a strong background in environmental policy management strategies. Sample courses include:
    • Governing the Global Commons
    • Public Policy and the Environment
    • Research Strategies for Environmental Policy

2. Specialization Core

Students specialize in one of three areas (including sample courses):

  • Business, Sustainability, and Development develops the knowledge and skills needed to deliver targeted environmental and social benefits through sustainable enterprise.
    • Business Models for Sustainable Development
    • Environmental and Natural Resource Finance
    • Environmental Entrepreneurship
    • Rethinking Human Rights
  • Natural Resource Policy and Management develops the knowledge and skills needed to craft effective strategies for the protection of marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
    • Environmental Conflict Management
    • Corporate Activism
    • Conservation Finance, Monitoring, and Evaluation
    • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Ocean and Coastal Resource Management combines the traditional fields of marine science, policy, and law with courses focused on the economic and management challenges posed by increased coastal development, demand for ocean resources, and the threats from climate change. This concentration for IEP students is offered in conjunction with the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE). Students in this area can also participate in COS MARINE, the Monterey Area Research Institutions' Network for Education, and are eligible for the prestigious CBE fellowships.
    • Marine Science and Policy 
    • International Marine Law 
    • Ocean and Coastal Economics
    • Sustainable Coastal Management
    • The Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Speaker Series

3. Language and Intercultural Competency Core

Courses taught in the language of study combine language skills development with topics related to graduate degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competency offerings provide students with the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global careers. Sample courses include:

  • International Migrations (in Arabic)
  • Environmental and Sustainable Development (in Spanish)
  • Sustainability for Professionals (in French)
  • Intercultural Group Dynamics
  • Multilingual Communication in Multicultural Settings


  • CBE Summer Fellows: Students enrolled in the IEP program who are pursuing the concentration in ocean and coastal resource management are eligible for fully funded fellowships with top marine organizations.
  • Frontier Market Scouts is an Ashoka approved (link) program that advances purpose-driven work by coaching and training impact-fueled professionals for careers in social enterprise management and responsible investing.

Research and Education Centers

The Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) is a research and academic center developing innovative ways to address critical ocean and coastal resource management issues. The Center’s research demonstrates the tremendous value of ocean and coastal resources and the interdependence of a healthy ocean, well-managed coastline, and strong economy.

Program Options

In addition to the four-semester International Environmental Policy program, you can also choose from the following options:

  • Joint MBA/MA in International Environmental Policy
    Earn two degrees in five semesters: a MBA in Global Impact Management and a Master’s in International Environmental Policy (IEP). This program has an integrated curriculum composed of core business course work, core environmental policy course work, and core integrated skills courses, plus electives and foreign language courses. It offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental policy within an international business context.
  • Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program
    Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply for the competitive Peace Corps Fellows program.
  • Accelerated (3-Semesters) and Advanced (2-Semesters) Degrees
    Students with a relevant master’s degree may be eligible for the accelerated-entry option for the MAIEP degree, allowing the student to complete their degree in three full-time semesters. Students with significant prior relevant professional experience (seven to 10 years) and a relevant master’s degree may be eligible for an advanced-entry option for the MAIEP degree. Advanced-entry students can complete their degree in two full-time semesters. Students can request that their application be reviewed for either accelerated or advanced entry in the online application.

Sample Course Schedule*

Fall Start, Full Time, Four Semesters

Fall 1 16 Credits
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 4
Research Strategies for Environmental Policy 2
Public Policy and the Environment 2
Methods Course 4
Language Studies 4
Spring 1 16 Credits
Governing the Global Commons 4
Applied Conservation Science 4
Track Specialization Courses 4
Language Studies 4
Fall 2 14 Credits
Track Specialization Courses 4
Language/Intercultural Competency 4
Electives 6
Spring 2 14 Credits
Track Specialization Courses 8
Electives 6


*This is a sample degree schedule. Individual student degree schedules will vary. All curricula are subject to revision and change.