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Masters Degree in Environmental Science & Policy

A Program that Works for the Planet

Humans are exerting unprecedented pressure on our planet, creating unique and complex issues that must be resolved if we want to create a sustainable future that supports human society, functional ecosystems, and global biodiversity. Today’s environment related jobs demand intelligent and forward thinking scientists, engineers, and administrators that can provide the information and tools to solve complex environmental issues. UW—Green Bay’s master’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy provides an excellent opportunity for enthusiastic students that want to create that sustainable future. Since its inception, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has relied on a model of interdisciplinary research and training related to ecology and the environment. Our faculty are widely published in the professional literature, active in externally funded research, and committed to excellence in teaching. UW-Green Bay researchers have cultivated partnerships with regional government agencies and conservation organizations, as well as regional businesses and industries that provide students with opportunities to contribute to meaningful scientific research and policy formulation.  

A core course curriculum provides the foundation in both environmental science and policy based on interdisciplinary approaches and solutions to environmental problems. You choose an area of emphasis to better tailor your academic experience to match your personal interests and future career plans. The master's experience culminates with the completion and defense of a research thesis.

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A Program that Works for You

Our program fits the needs of both part-time and full-time students. Many graduate courses are offered once weekly in the evening or at other times convenient for working individuals. This mix of perspectives and experiences is synergistic, where full-time students benefit from the practical knowledge of the working professionals, who are in turn challenged by the current theoretical knowledge of students fresh out of college. Small class sizes foster strong relationships among students and with faculty. Fully prepared students usually complete the program in two years. Part-time students normally complete the program in three to five years.

Over 90% of our recent graduates are employed in the environmental field working leaders in ecology, environmental science, environmental policy, and natural resource management. Recent graduates are working for state and federal agencies including state and federal park systems, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, museums and universities, environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada, non-governmental agencies including The Nature Conservancy, or have continued on to pursue doctoral degrees.