Environmental Science and Policy, MS

The Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy program emphasizes a broadly interdisciplinary and synthetic approach that integrates knowledge in the environmental sciences (conservation biology, climate change, fisheries science, ecosystem function, biodiversity, restoration ecology) with the social sciences (policy, economics, sociology, political science,  and development) and humanities (environmental history, philosophy, and ethics). The goal of the program is to equip professionals with substantive breadth in knowledge and skills at the intersection of environmental science and policy.  The program focuses on training students to think critically about the underlying causes of environmental problems and understanding the reciprocal relationships between coupled human-natural ecosystems and the interconnections between social and technological innovations. The program explores practical approaches and potential solutions that decision makers need to evaluate in policy debates related to promoting environmental sustainability.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements

Seminars
PPUA 6101Environmental Science and Policy Seminar 14
ENVR 6102Environmental Science Policy Seminar 24
Skills Courses
Complete 6-8 semester hours from the following. At least one course needs to be taken from the College of Science Skills Course List and one course from the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Skills Course List.6-8
College of Science Skills Course List
Ecological Dynamics
Experimental Design Marine Ecology
Environmental Planning
Geology and Land-Use Planning
Geographical Information Systems
Marine Science Policy and Ethics
Biostatistics
College of Social Sciences and Humanities Skills Course List
Economic Analysis for Law, Policy, and Planning
Advanced Quantitative Techniques
Research and Statistical Methods
Strategizing Public Policy
Research Design
Ecological Economics
Dynamic Modeling for Environmental Decision Making
Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Policy
Introduction to Computational Statistics
Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Survey Techniques
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Working with Datasets
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Cost/Benefit Analysis
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Project Management
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Data Visualization
Research Toolkit for Urban and Regional Policy: Grant Writing
Economic Institutions and Analysis
Techniques of Policy Analysis
Techniques of Program Evaluation
Advanced Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems
Research Methods

Electives

Any skills course not taken to fulfill the skills courses requirement can be taken as an elective. Students must take three electives from the College of Science and three from the College of Social Science and Humanities. Students may petition to enroll in other relevant graduate courses offered by other schools at Northeastern University.

College of Science Elective List

Complete three from the following:12
Ocean and Coastal Processes
Marine Conservation Biology
Ocean and Coastal Sustainability
Sociobiology
Environmental Planning
Geology and Land-Use Planning

College of Social Sciences and Humanities Elective List

Complete three from the following:12
Strategizing Public Policy
Cities, Sustainability, and Climate Change
Environmental Health
Global Health
Community-Based Participatory Research: Environmental Health
Ecological Economics
Big Data for Cities
Energy Transitions and Climate Resilience: Technology, Policy, and Social Change
Urban Theory and Science
Food Systems and Public Policy
Philanthropy and Civil Society
Information Design and Visual Analytics
Special Topics in Public Policy and Urban Affairs
The 21st-Century City: Urban Opportunities and Challenges in a Global Context
Urban Development and Politics
Public Budgeting and Financial Management
Techniques of Policy Analysis
Administrative Ethics and Public Management
Nonprofit Organizations and Social Change
The Nonprofit Sector in Civil Society and Public Affairs
Nonprofit Financial Resource Development
Internship with Research
Practicum
The Open Classroom: Public Debates on Public Policy
Housing Policy
Land Use and Urban Growth Policy
Problems in Metropolitan Policymaking
Urban Coastal Sustainability
Transportation Policy
Social Capital and Resilience
Resilient Cities
Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Research Methods
Political Ecology of Global Capitalism
Urban Sociology
Sociology of Health and Illness
Contemporary Issues in Sociology
Environment, Health, and Society
Social Movements in Health

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

Note:  Typically, students will complete 12–16 semester hours of seminar and skills courses and 18–24 semester hours of electives.
 

36 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required