When you combine scientific knowledge with passion for policy and progress, you can become a change agent in organizations dedicated to safeguarding our environment.

Degree Type:
Master of Science
Entry Terms:
Fall, Spring, and Summer
Mode of Study:
Online, Onsite
Location:
Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC
Requirements:
10 courses
Time to Complete:
12 – 24 months
Tuition:

Program Overview

Climate change, environmental justice, energy consumption, habitat loss, water depletion and degradation, air pollution, and species extinction have increasingly become a deep concern for citizens around the world.

The Johns Hopkins environmental sciences and policy master’s degree program was designed to empower the next generation of environmental leaders. Discover how sustainable business, policy, and science can overlap to address today’s most pressing issues.

In this interdisciplinary program, you will explore a wide array of coursework such as ecosystem science and management, maritime law, land and water conservation, air quality management, oceanic stewardship, energy and carbon policy, and geographic information systems (GIS). And you will look at these areas through ethical, legal, political, economic, and historical contexts.

Prepare for a Variety of Careers

Many of our students are environmental professionals looking to advance in their current fields, and others are looking to make a meaningful career change by entering this exciting industry. Our alumni have found positions such as:

  • Senior biologist, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Environmental protection specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Senior program officer, The World Wildlife Fund
  • Assistant director of strategic communications, New York City’s Department of Sanitation
  • Information technology specialist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Chief sustainability officer, International Environmental Corporation

Specialize Your Studies

The MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy degree at JHU offers distinct tracks, giving you the flexibility to tailor your degree to your career interests:

  • Conservation Biology
  • International Environmental Policy
  • Sustainability
  • Climate and Energy
  • Remediation, Compliance, and Assessment

Study On Your Terms

You can attend evening classes at our D.C. or Baltimore locations, or choose to complete most of the program online from the convenience of your home or office. As part of the program, you will complete a residency on campus or participate in an immersive learning experience; you’ll have the flexibility to choose when and where you go. There are summer and winter options, and plenty of travel study destinations.

What’s It Like to Study the Environmental Sciences and Policy at JHU?

Why Study Environmental Sciences and Policy at JHU

Our D.C. location gives you access to experts on the front lines of environmental policy.

Leading Experts and Environmental Scientists

A renowned research university, JHU is home to top environmental scientists with a range of expertise. Our faculty members also have first-hand experience in environmental policy with federal agencies, NGOs, the private sector, and abroad.

An Excellent Environment to Study

Washington, D.C. is home to agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Environmental Law Institute. You’ll also have access to policymakers and other professionals dedicated to environmental issues.

Wide Range of Relevant and Fascinating Electives

Explore topics that matter to you through electives like Climate Justice, Coral Reefs and Caves: The Geology of the Bahamas, Science Communication and Policy, Ecotoxicology, and Environmental Consequences of Conventional Energy Generation.

Immersive and International Experiences

Participate in field studies around the country and world: Conservation Biology & Wildlife Management in Montana, Tropical Ecology and Conservation of African Wildlife, Climate Change Adaptation & Development in Nepal, and Natural Resources Sustainability: Field Study in Alaska.

Complementary Credentials

Customize your environmental sciences and policy curriculum with the geographic information systems certificate and earn two credentials at once. In addition, this combination will help you to earn the credentials in less time than if pursued separately.

Ready to Take Action?

Make a meaningful impact with a career in environmental policy with a master’s degree from a renowned research institution.

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