Master of Science in Environmental Policy

 Master of Science Environmental Policy (MSEP): 45.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The Master of Science in Environmental Policy program provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to the development, implementation, and evaluation of environmental policy. The program prepares students for careers as policy analysts who have a strong commitment to environmental values, are scientifically and methodologically competent, and can work effectively in the democracy policy process with the various groups and institutions engaged in environmental issues.

To meet these requirements, students must complete a range of coursework designed to teach:

  • knowledge of how policies are developed and implemented
  • scientific and engineering basis of effective environmental policies
  • an understanding of who the key players are in environmental politics, and how to work with them to accomplish environmental improvements.

For more information about this program, visit the College's MS in Environmental Policy page, or contact:

Kelly Joyce, PhD
MacAlister Hall, Room 3025

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general entrance requirements for all applicants, entrance to the MS Program in Environmental Policy requires a bachelor's degree in environmental science, or in the natural, physical, or social sciences, or related engineering disciplines. Students entering from other programs at Drexel University or other institutions may be required to complete additional course work to meet the course prerequisites for the required courses.

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

Degree Requirements 

Core Courses *
ENVS 501Chemistry of the Environment3.0
ENVS 506Biostatistics3.0
ENVS 511Evolutionary Ecology3.0
Required Specialization Courses in Environmental Policy
ENVP 522Environmental Law3.0
ENVP 523Environmental Regulations3.0
ENVP 650Resource & Environmental Economics3.0
ENVP 720Environmental Cost-Benefit Analysis3.0
ENVP 760Social Change & Environment3.0
ENVP 774Environmental Policy Economic Analysis3.0
PLCY 503Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis3.0
PLCY 504Methods of Policy Analysis3.0
PLCY 506Institutional Dynamics of the Policy Process3.0
Environmental Policy Electives9.0
Recommended Courses:
Special Topics
Environment and Society
Environmental Policy
Total Credits45.0


 Within the first quarter of study, a student must meet with an assigned advisor and work out a plan of study. 


ENVP 522 Environmental Law 3.0 Credits

Examines administrative law applicable to the management of environmental programs, including constitutional constraints on the responsibilities of administrators and major court decisions on environmental issues. Covers due process, inspection, citizen actions, evidence and other matters.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (ENVR 501 [Min Grade: C] or ENVS 501 [Min Grade: C]) and (ENVR 511 [Min Grade: C] or ENVS 511 [Min Grade: C] or ENVR 521 [Min Grade: C] or ENVS 521 [Min Grade: C])

ENVP 523 Environmental Regulations 3.0 Credits

Reviews the development and implementation of environmental regulations. Acquaints students with the federal regulatory process. Focuses on the process of regulation proposal and examines the intent and coverage of the major environmental regulations, with emphasis on Section 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (ENVR 501 [Min Grade: C] or ENVS 501 [Min Grade: C]) and (ENVR 511 [Min Grade: C] or ENVS 511 [Min Grade: C] or ENVR 521 [Min Grade: C] or ENVS 521 [Min Grade: C])

ENVP 650 Resource & Environmental Economics 3.0 Credits

This course is an introduction to the application of economics to resource and environmental issues. The cause highlights the theoretical foundations for resolving complications due to the unique features of natural resources and the environment. We us empirical issues in the broad area of resource and environmental economics to illustrate these concepts.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVP 720 Environmental Cost-Benefit Analysis 3.0 Credits

This course deals with cost-benefit analysis in the environmental content. We examine the theoretical basis for welfare measurement and then proceed to examine various methods for monetary valuation of environmental goods, with an emphasis on empirical implementation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVP 650 [Min Grade: C]

ENVP 760 Social Change & Environment 3.0 Credits

Introduces the processes of social change and the key collective actors and institutions involved in the creation of U.S. environmental policies. Provides an understanding of the historical and social processes by which environmental policy is created and changed through a political process among a number of different coalitions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVP 774 Environmental Policy Economic Analysis 3.0 Credits

This course presents theories and applications in the design of economic instruments for controlling environmental problems. We also examine briefly economy-wide factors driving how firms and households react to these policies.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: ENVR 650 [Min Grade: C]

ENVP 865 Special Topics 0.5-5.0 Credits

Covers topics of current interests to faculty and students; specific topics for each term will be announced prior to registration. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ENVP 870 Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change 3.0 Credits

This course examines the human dimensions of global climate change. It focuses on three questions: 1) What are the social factors driving CO2 emissions? 2) What are the major impacts that climate change will have on human society, and 3) How can society mitigate or adapt to a changing climate?.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVP 875 Environmental Justice 3.0 Credits

Seminar course focusing on the concept of environmental justice/injustice; empirical evidence of inequalities; theories of environmental injustice; politics of environmental health and illness; legal remedies at local and international level; and the environmental justice movement.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ENVP 880 Environment and Society 3.0 Credits

Examines the relationships among human society, including economic and political institutions, cultural beliefs, and individual behaviors, and the natural environment. Examines, through a historical perspective, the role that social organizations play in either fostering an ecologically sustainable society or in accelerating ecological destruction.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

History + Politics Faculty

Lloyd Ackert, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Teaching Professor. Russian history, history of science, history of ecology, history of medicine.
Phillip M. Ayoub, PhD (Cornell University). Assistant Professor. Transnational politics, social movements, gender and politics, international norm diffusion, and human rights.
Scott Barclay, PhD (Northwestern University) Department Head, History + Politics. Professor. Judicial systems, civil rights, public policy and administration.
Debjani Bhattacharyya, PhD (Emory University). Assistant Professor. Modern South Asian history, urban environmental history, history of economic thought, and post-colonial theory.
Eric Dorn Brose, PhD (Ohio State University). Professor. German and European history.
Zoltan Buzas, PhD (Ohio State University). Post-Doctoral Fellow. International relations theory, international security, and international law and norms.
George Ciccariello-Maher, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Colonialism, social movements, political theory, Latin America, and race and racism.
Rose Corrigan, PhD (Rutgers University). Associate Professor. Women and politics, public law, American politics and policy.
Richardson Dilworth, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) Director, Center for Public Policy. Associate Professor. American political development, urban politics, public policy.
Daniel V. Friedheim, PhD (Yale University). Assistant Teaching Professor. International relations, comparative politics, democratization.
Erin R. Graham, PhD (Ohio State University). Assistant Professor. International organization and law, international relations theory, and global environmental governance.
Amelia Hoover Green, PhD (Yale University). Assistant Professor. Dynamics of conflict-related violence; intra-armed group politics and socialization; statistics in human rights.
Christian Hunold, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Associate Professor. Environmental politics.
Kelly Joyce, PhD (Boston College) Director, Master's Program in Science Technology & Society. Professor. Science, medicine and technology; aging and technology; qualitative social science methods, social 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.
Scott G. Knowles, PhD (Johns Hopkins University). Associate Professor. History of technology, disaster, and public policy.
Jonson Miller, PhD (Virginia Tech). Associate Teaching Professor. American history, military history, and history of engineering and technology.
Julie Mostov, PhD (New York University) Associate Vice Provost for International Programs. Professor. Modern political thought, democratic theory, nationalism, gender studies, South Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
Joel E. Oestreich, PhD (Brown University) Director of International Area Studies. Associate Professor. International organizations, international finance, development, and human rights.
Elva F. Orozco-Mendoza, PhD (University of Massachusetts, Amhert). Assistant Professor. Political theory, feminist theory, comparative politics, and issues in Latin American politics.
Gwen Ottinger, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Social studies of science and technology, environmental justice, science and engineering ethics, environmental ethics.
William L. Rosenberg, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Behavioral politics, public opinion, and political communication.
Tiago Saraiva, PhD (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). Assistant Professor. History of science and technology, transnational history, food and environment, history of the life sciences, science and fascism.
Jonathan Seitz, PhD (University of Wisconsin) Director of Undergraduate Studies for History + Politics. Associate Teaching Professor. History of religion, science, medicine, witchcraft, early modern Europe, Italy.
Amy Slaton, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. History of science and technology, race, disability, intersectionality, and labor.
Kathryn Steen, PhD (University of Delaware). Associate Professor. History of technology, history of industry and business, and comparative and transnational history.
Donald F. Stevens, PhD (University of Chicago). Associate Professor. Modern Latin American history.
Robert Zaller, PhD (Washington University). Professor. English history and early modern European history.

Emeritus Faculty

Richard L. Rosen, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Associate Professor Emeritus. History of science, appropriate technology, and world history.
Michael J. Sullivan, PhD (University of Virginia). Professor Emeritus. Comparative politics and developing nations.
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