Environmental Policy (Master's)
Gain insight to the legal and philosophical foundations of the environmental movement, the evolution of renewable and sustainable energy efforts, and how to analyze public policy both domestically and internationally.
Develop skills that will serve you well as you craft environmental policies that impact our society. You will gain the strategies needed to address the major environmental challenges of our time and learn how to conduct credible policy analysis, make sustainable decisions, and deliver visionary ideas for future success. You’ll learn:
- Fundamental policy knowledge
- Management and leadership
- Values and ethics
- Policy analysis and evaluation
MS in Environmental Policy And Management with a concentration in Environmental Policy requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- EPM 4003 - Environmental Finance and Economics
- EPM 4200 - Environmental Protection Law
- EPM 4910 - Research Practices and Applications
- EPM 4001 - Environmental Foundations and Principles
- EPM 4115 - Introduction to Ecology
- EPM 4710 - Environmental Project Management
- EPM 4901 - EPM Capstone Project
- EPM 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- EPM 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- EPM 4150 - Global Env Law & Policy
- EPM 4232 - Sustainability: Policy & Practice
- EPM 4390 - Environmental Policy Analysis
- EPM 4400 - Environmental Values & Ethics
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Environmental Policy And Management programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Environmental Policy And Management programs include:
- EPM 4002 - Integrated Environmental Systems
- EPM 4108 - Impacts of Recreational Use
- EPM 4140 - NEPA
- EPM 4355 - ISO 14001 Standards
- EPM 4980 - EPM Internship
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Careers in Environmental Policy
Environmental Planner, Public Policy Analyst, Environmental Specialist, Compliance Officer, Environmental Policy Analyst, Policy Manager, Project Manager
Research, analysis, content management, coordination, technical support, laboratory work, writing, policymaking, collaboration.
Jobs for environmental policy professionals are predicted to rise, but expect companies or organizations to seek candidates with a well-rounded educational background. Demonstrating an understanding of how other environmental sectors impact your work and research will help you secure a policy job. Increased laws and regulations will in turn create new career opportunities for policymakers, both at a state and federal level.
Careers In Environmental Policy and Management
The future is bright!
Environmental job openings are expected to soar within the next decade, with projections as high as 19% job growth for environmental science positions by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Careers for environmental specialists will likely be found in prosperous, rapidly growing cities and communities-hello, Denver! Clean energy projects are driving the economic recovery in the United States, with green business especially booming in the Southeast. Clean energy projects are popping up across the country, primarily in California, North Carolina, Florida, and Michigan. Start your career search for environmental-focused employment at any level of government, manufacturing companies, emergency services, service industries, or commercial businesses.
Stay ahead of the curve.
The vast majority of employers within the field of environmental science prefer candidates who hold a relevant master's degree, or a bachelor's degree with a certificate. Keep an eye on alternative energies, such as wind and solar energy, plus jobs that focus on efficient energy management. With the world more attuned to green living, the job market will likely focus on improving sustainability and natural resource management. Job creation in the clean energy and clean transportation sectors are booming across the United States, with more than 110,000 new jobs in those sectors created in 2012. Going green never looked better!
Where are they now?
University College alumni who graduated with a master's degree in environmental policy and management hold job titles such as Safety Director, Environmental Education Coordinator, Senior Environmental Scientist, Environmental Protection Specialist, Watershed Coordinator, Natural Resource Manager, Forester, and Environmental Compliance Engineer in companies and organizations such as Proctor and Gamble, Kinder Morgan, US Forest Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, NASA, and Colorado Conservation Trust.
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