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: 44.0599
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Master of Science in Environmental Policy spans the disciplines of law, political science, economics, engineering, business, public health and more. Students in this program take core courses in Public Policy, Environmental Policy and Economics and tracked courses in Environmental Science, Environmental and Occupational Health, or Environmental Engineering. Students can conduct real-world research writing through a case study thesis, select elective courses tailored to their interests, or complete their degree with research experience. MS in Environmental Policy candidates receive personalized advising, which helps students find the classes and opportunities that will best serve their professional goals.

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 27.0 credits of core classes made up of four Public Policy courses, three Environmental Core courses, and two Economics Core courses. They also take either an Environmental Science, Occupational Health, or Environmental Engineering Track (2 three-credit classes). Students may use the remaining 12.0 credits to complete approved electives or research experience. Students wishing to delve deeper into a subject can choose to complete a 9.0 credit case study, as part of their 45.0 required credits, which they should begin in the first or second quarter.

Public Policy Core Courses *12.0
Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis
Methods of Policy Analysis
Institutional Dynamics of the Policy Process
Nonprofit Organizations
Environmental Core Courses9.0
Environmental Policy
Environmental Law (Environmental Law)
Environmental Science or Environmental and Occupational Health Track6.0
Environmental Science Track- 2 of the following courses:
Chemistry of the Environment
Conservation Biology
Environmental and Occupational Health Track- EOH 510 and one of the following 600-level EOH courses:
Principles and Practice of Environmental and Occupational Health
Evidence Evaluation for Identification of Environmental Hazards
Environmental and Occupational Toxicology
Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
Environmental Hazard Assessment
Environmental Health Risk and Impact Assessment
Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health
Economics Core6.0
Essentials of Economics
Public Finance and Cost Benefit Analysis
Research Experience and/or Approved Courses in Environmental Policy12.0
Case Study Sequence 9 Credit Elective
Introduction to Case Study Research
Case Study Literature Review
Case Study Document Review
Case Study Interviews
Case Study Colloquium
Case Study Research II
Case Study Final Project
Or three approved courses (3-12 credits) to be selected with an advisor.
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ENVP 572Environmental Policy3.0
EOH 510Principles and Practice of Environmental and Occupational Health 3.0
PLCY 504Methods of Policy Analysis3.0
 Term Credits9.0
BUSN 502Essentials of Economics3.0
ENVP 522Environmental Law (Environmental Law)3.0
PLCY 503Theory and Practice of Policy Analysis3.0
 Term Credits9.0
ENVS 506Biostatistics3.0
EOH 615Environmental and Occupational Health Policy3.0
PLCY 507Nonprofit Organizations3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Second Year
ECON 616Public Finance and Cost Benefit Analysis3.0
EOH 665Quantitative Risk Analysis for Environmental Health3.0
PLCY 506Institutional Dynamics of the Policy Process3.0
 Term Credits9.0
ENVP 552Political Economy of Climate Change3.0
ENVP 875Environmental Justice3.0
EOH 605Evidence Evaluation for Identification of Environmental Hazards3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 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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