Environmental Sciences and Policy

The Masters of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy is a springboard to leadership for environmental professionals. The program gives students a powerful understanding of where the sciences overlap and inform policy while providing insight into how policy is implemented and affects environmental outcomes. The program was designed by academic leaders in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins, in conjunction with experts in applied science at regional and federal institutes and agencies. The focus is on studying the environmental effects of current use on the creation, updating, regulating, communicating and enforcing of environmental policy.

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Program Information

Course Locations Washington D.C.; Online
Available 100% Online *No (requires one onsite class)
Entry Terms Fall, Spring or Summer semester
Degree Requirements 10 courses
Tuition and Fees Tuition in the 2018-2019 academic year is $3,972 per course. More information.

Climate change, population growth, energy consumption, habitat loss, water depletion and degradation, air pollution, and species extinction have increasingly come to the fore in minds of citizens around the world. To manage the Earth’s environment effectively, there is a need to understand the processes that shape the planet’s surface, that control the chemistry of its air and water, and that generate the natural resources on which humans depend. Our unique program is distinct in its focus on the interplay between science and policy. This program is founded on the premise that rational solutions to complex, twenty first century environmental challenges require an in-depth understanding of applicable scientific principles and an appreciation for relevant political, ethical, economic, legal, and historical contexts. Graduates of the program develop combined expertise in science and policy that empowers them to become change agents and leaders in public and private organizations responsible for safeguarding our environment. Many of the program’s students are currently employed in environmental fields but wish to enhance their knowledge or move in new directions. Others seek to transition into the arena of environmental science and policy.

The program offers a flexible curriculum that allows students to customize their academic experience to suit their personal needs and interests. Courses are focused on wide ranging issues such as imperiled global ecosystems, natural resources economics and multinational environmental trusts and laws. The program is open to students with limited scientific background as well as those that already have a background in the environmental sciences. Core course work includes geology, hydrology, oceanography, meteorology, ecology, geographic information systems (GIS), and policymaking. Electives range across a spectrum from courses strongly oriented toward policy to ones focused more heavily on science. Electives are selected by students under the guidance of advisers.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

*Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.