Accelerated Degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability (BA) and Environmental Policy (MS)
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The accelerated degree program in Environmental Studies and Sustainability (BA) and Environmental Policy (MSEP) is designed to provide an opportunity for highly motivated and qualified undergraduates to begin pursuing a graduate degree prior to completion of their bachelor’s degree with either one or two co-ops. The master's in Environmental Policy builds on the knowledge that undergraduates gain in the Environmental Studies and Sustainability program and provides advanced training for careers in environmental law, research, advocacy, and more.
Creating public policy that supports environmental stewardship is a challenging and critical endeavor. The accelerated program prepares students to critically engage with complex environmental challenges; devise and communicate innovative policy solutions; and work with decision makers to effect policy change. Coursework spans the disciplines of law, political science, economics, engineering, business and public health. Students have the opportunity to select elective courses tailored to their interests, gain hands-on research experience and complete a case-based thesis with real-world impact.
The program is appropriate for environmental studies and sustainability majors interested in advanced studies in public policy who have a desire to work in a range of environmental sectors.
The one co-op version of the program provides students with the benefit of one co-op in spring/summer of their third year while maintaining more flexibility in course loads per term. The two co-op version of the program allows students to complete two co-ops in second and third year and puts more demand on students’ schedules. Students applying to the two co-op format need early planning and an ability to handle heavier course loads beginning sophomore year. For both options, graduate coursework begins in year four (concurrent with the final year of the bachelor's program) and the master's degree is completed at the end of year five. Students officially convert to graduate student status for the fifth year.
Learn more in the Course Catalog