Environmental Policy

Major: Environmental Policy
Degree Awarded:  Master of Science in Environmental Policy (MSEP)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 03.0201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Master of Science in Environmental Policy spans the disciplines of law, sociology, engineering, business, public health and more. With only three core classes and 12 electives, students can select courses tailored to their interests and schedules. Personalized advising helps students find the classes and opportunities that will best serve their professional goals.

Our graduates:

  • Know the basics. Courses in a wide range of disciplines offer students a solid understanding of the complexity of environmental issues.
  • See all sides. In one of the program’s core courses, Environmental Policy, students learn how to analyze competing perspectives on the environment, enabling them to be constructive problem solvers in environmental controversies.
  • Care about equity. Environmental policies have different impacts on different populations, including the rich and poor, and current and future generations. Students learn to spot these differences and design policies that promote greater equality.
  • Communicate. Writing projects across the curriculum teach students to express highly specialized ideas from multiple domains in a way that non-specialists can understand and use to guide their actions.
  • Collaborate effectively. Students from different backgrounds work together, learning to problem-solve in groups where not everyone sees eye-to-eye.

For more information about this program, visit the MS in Environmental Policy page.

Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted year-round, and applicants can expect a decision within one month. Entering students may begin study fall, winter, or spring quarter. Full-time students can complete the program in two years.  Part-time students can complete the degree at their own pace.

For additional information on how to apply, visit Drexel's Admissions page for Environmental Policy.

Degree Requirements

Students take three required classes and 12 electives from Drexel’s diverse array of environmental offerings.  No thesis is required. Students wishing to delve deeper into a subject can choose to complete a 9.0 credit master’s project as part of their 45.0 required credits.

Core Courses *
ENVP 502Research Methods3.0
ENVP 650Political Economy of Resources & the Environment3.0
ENVP 572Environmental Policy3.0
Environmental Policy Electives36.0
Recommended Courses:
Data Analysis in Communication
Environmental Law
Environmental Regulations
International Climate Finance
Political Economy of Climate Change
Special Topics in ENVP
Environmental Cost-Benefit Analysis
Social Change & Environment
Master's Project
Independent Study in ENVP
Special Topics
Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Environment and Society
Chemistry of the Environment
Conservation Biology
Environmental GIS
Environmental Assessment
Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis
Methods of Policy Analysis
Institutional Dynamics of the Policy Process
Sustainability & Public Policy
Principles of Biostatistics
Introduction to Descriptive Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Science and Technology Policy
Risk and Disaster Policy
Business Statistics
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ENVP 572Environmental Policy3.0
ENVP 550International Climate Finance3.0
ENVP 650Political Economy of Resources & the Environment3.0
 Term Credits9.0
ENVP 502Research Methods3.0
ENVP 552Political Economy of Climate Change3.0
PLCY 503Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis3.0
 Term Credits9.0
ENVP 555Cities and Climate Change3.0
PLCY 509Sustainability & Public Policy3.0
ENVP 720Environmental Cost-Benefit Analysis3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Second Year
ENVP I799Independent Study in ENVP0.5-3.0
ENVP 875Environmental Justice3.0
ENVS 501Chemistry of the Environment3.0
 Term Credits6.5-9.0
ENVP 522Environmental Law3.0
ENVP 798Master's Project 3.0
SCTS 571Science and Technology Policy3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 42.5-45.0

Environmental Policy Faculty

Robert J. Brulle, PhD (George Washington University). Professor. Environmental policy and politics, critical theory, marine risk, social movements, environmental sociology.
Christian Hunold, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Associate Professor. Environmental policy; comparative politics; urban wildlife; political theory.
Alison Kenner, PhD (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). Assistant Professor. Science, technology, and health; environmental health problems; cities and place; feminist theory; medical anthropology; digital humanities
Gwen Ottinger, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Social studies of science and technology, environmental justice, science and engineering ethics, citizen science, environmental ethics.
Mimi Sheller, PhD (New School for Social Research) Director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy. Professor. Sustainable mobility and mobility justice: new cultures and infrastructures of travel, transport, mobile communication, and urbanism; Caribbean Studies: history, culture and political theory of the region, including intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class.
Diane Sicotte, PhD (Arizona State University). Associate Professor. Sociology of environmental injustice: inequalities in the citing of environmental hazards; community-based research in neighborhoods dealing with industrial hazards; sociology of the environment; urban sociology; social inequalities.
Chloe Silverman, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. Parent advocacy for autism, neurodiversity, and pollinator health research.
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