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

PPUA 6101Environmental Science and Policy Seminar 14
ENVR 6102Environmental Science and Policy Seminar 24
Skills Courses
Complete 2 courses 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.
College of Science Skills Course List
Ecological Dynamics
Experimental Design Marine Ecology
Environmental Planning
Sedimentary Basin Analysis
Geographical Information Systems
College of Social Sciences and Humanities Skills Course List
Introduction to Computational Statistics
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
Research Design and Methodology in Urban and Regional Policy
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 Analysis for Policy and Planning
Techniques of Policy Analysis
Techniques of Program Evaluation
Institutions and Public Policy
Advanced Spatial Analysis of Urban Systems


Complete five courses from the following list. At least one course must be taken from the College of Science Elective Course List and one courses from the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Elective Course List. Any skills course not taken to fulfill the skills courses requirement can be taken as an elective. Students may petition to enroll in other relevant graduate courses offered by other schools at Northeastern University. 

College of Science Elective List

EEMB 5130 - EEMB 8984
ENVR 5115 - ENVR 6900

College of Social Sciences and Humanities Elective List

Information Design and Visual Analytics
Climate and Development
Strategizing Public Policy
Cities, Sustainability, and Climate Change
Environmental Health
The Open Classroom: Public Debates on Public Policy
Global Health
Community-Based Participatory Research: Environmental Health
Ecological Economics
Big Data for Cities
Energy Democracy and Climate Resilience: Technology, Policy, and Social Change
Urban Theory and Science
International Environmental Policy
Food Systems and Public Policy
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
Housing Policy
Transportation Policy
Land Use and Urban Growth Policy
Urban Coastal Sustainability
Resilient Cities
Capstone in Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Urban Sociology
Sociology of Health and Illness
Contemporary Issues in Sociology
Environment, Health, and Society
Social Movements in Health

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

36 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required