Environmental Policy

Major: Environmental Policy
Degree Awarded:  Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 03.0201
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-1031

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 policy process with the various groups and institutions engaged in environmental issues.

To earn the degree, students must complete 45.0 credits of coursework designed to teach:

  • knowledge of how policies are developed and implemented;
  • the scientific and engineering basis of environmental policies;
  • best practices in environmental policies at local, federal and international levels;
  • 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 MS in Environmental Policy page.

Admission Requirements

Environmental policy applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate studies at Drexel University. The application also requires a personal statement (up to 500 words) describing the prospective student’s interest in environmental policy. Entering students typically begin study during the fall quarter. Students are able, though, to start the program during any quarter.

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

Degree Requirements 

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
Biostatistics
Conservation Biology
Environmental GIS
Environmental Assessment
Special Topics in ENVP
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
*

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


Courses

ENVP 502 Research Methods 3.0 Credits

This graduate seminar will provide an in-depth exploration of many of the research methods used by environmental policy scholars. Participants will learn how to define a meaningful research question and to identify which methods will best answer that question. They will also learn how to design interview guides and conduct interviews, surveys, focus groups, fieldwork, content analysis, experiments and archival research. Strategies for analyzing data will also be addressed. A thorough understanding of research design and methodologies is crucial to the social science toolkit.

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

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 550 International Climate Finance 3.0 Credits

After years of failing to produce significant sums to address climate change at the international level, recent agreements suggest that hundreds of billions of dollars—and perhaps more than a trillion—will be made available to address the issue in the coming years. How should this money be spent? What institutions have the authority to determine its distribution? How do they work? Who controls them? This course introduces students to the global governance architecture related to climate finance. We begin by examining the relationship between climate change and economic development and the diverse interests of developed and developing states.

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

ENVP 552 Political Economy of Climate Change 3.0 Credits

Climate change is one of the most debated issues in recent decades. It is increasingly accepted that climate change is one of the major threats for the stability and development of human society. Without going into the depths of geoscience and historical climatology, this course analyzes the evidence of climate change, the causes of it, the politics of controversies about climate change, and the proposals to deal with it.

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

ENVP 555 Cities and Climate Change 3.0 Credits

Climate change poses a host of challenges for American cities, ranging from what trees to plant, to increases in heat-related deaths, to critical infrastructure protection in the face of increasingly severe weather events. And it is an open question as to whether American city governments have the organizational capacity, resources, and political will, to engage in the type of long-term planning that climate change will require. What are the most likely effects that climate change will have on different American cities? What should American cities be doing, and what have American cities done so far, to prepare themselves for climate change? What responsibilities do cities have to try to mitigate the causes of climate change? What factors likely determine American cities’ responses to climate change?.

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

ENVP 572 Environmental Policy 3.0 Credits

This interdisciplinary seminar investigates how interests and ideas interact in environmental policymaking. Students will explore how conceptual and political innovations play out across several environmental issues, including wildlife management, energy development, and the regulation of environmental risks.

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

ENVP 650 Political Economy of Resources & the Environment 3.0 Credits

This course is an introduction to the application of economics to resource and environmental issues. The course highlights the theoretical foundations for resolving complications due to the unique features of natural resources and the environment. We use 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 798 Master's Project 0.5-9.0 Credits

Through this graduate course, research-active students will engage in activities intended to help them formulate a research question, collect and analyze data, develop a written paper, and learn how to present their research effectively in both written and oral formats. Students will be encouraged to improve their skills in reading and analyzing the literature and their own data. Students will communicate their ideas through the development of a formal master's research project and an in-class oral presentation. Seminar attendance will be a part of this course, which will require students to use the knowledge of environmental policy that they have acquired throughout their training.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 5 times for 54 credits

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

ENVP I599 Independent Study in ENVP 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

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

ENVP I699 Independent Study in ENVP 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

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

ENVP I799 Independent Study in ENVP 0.5-3.0 Credits

This course will focus on a graduate level independent study on a topic in the area of environmental policy selected by the student. Independent study is supervised by a faculty member and guided by a plan of study. The exact content, readings, and grading will be determined by the student and professor on a course by course basis.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 5 times for 0 credits

ENVP I899 Independent Study in ENVP 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

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

ENVP I999 Independent Study in ENVP 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

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

ENVP T580 Special Topics in ENVP 3.0 Credits

This course will focus on graduate level topics in the area of environmental policy selected by the professor. The exact content, readings, and grading will be determined by the professor on a course by course basis.

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

ENVP T680 Special Topics in Environmental Policy 1.0-9.0 Credit

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

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

ENVP T780 Special Topics in Environmental Policy 1.0-9.0 Credit

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

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

ENVP T880 Special Topics in ENVP 1.0-5.0 Credit

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 T980 Special Topics in Environmental Policy 9.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.\.

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

ENVP T990 Special Topics in Environmental Policy 1.0-12.0 Credit

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

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

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