Environmental Policy (Master's)
The Environmental Policy master's degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Students will develop skills that will serve them well in a policy-making organization, such as values and ethics, management and leadership, and fundamental policy knowledge as they receive valuable instruction—from professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach—in topics ranging from economics to law, ethics to finance, as each topic relates to environmental policy.
The Environmental Policy master’s degree concentration provides students with policy analysis and development skills needed to serve as a senior analyst or manager within a policy−making organization. Foundational public environmental policy analysis will be discussed, including contemporary methods for analytical model development, implementation, and evaluation. Customize your Environmental Policy and Management master's degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.
Environmental Policy and Management Outcomes
This program prepares students to:
- Develop and demonstrate a higher awareness of environmental ethics including the responsible exercise of individual judgment and civic responsibility and honesty in dealing with environmental issues
- Understand the importance and application of the science of ecology and its impact on the cultural and social creation of humans and earth's physical and biological system
- Demonstrate a solid background in business management, environmental policy, public communication and involvement, and work toward the integration of environmental improvement into all organizational business decisions and operations
- Clearly articulate the roles of legislatures, rule-making bodies, and regulatory enforcement agencies in environmental protection and management
- Display critical thinking processes: analyze, understand, and evaluate environmental issues in organizations including educating the public and instituting collaborative decision-making on issues involving the levels of acceptable risks and degree, intensity, and acceptability of environmental protection
- Apply advanced methods such as life-cycle cost analyses, impact assessment, decision making, science, economics, finance, etc., in an integrative approach to craft informed decisions about complex environmental problems and challenges
MS in Environmental Policy And Management with a concentration in Environmental Policy requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs
Professional Foundations 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.
- EPM 4001 - Environmental Foundations and Principles
- EPM 4115 - Introduction to Ecology
- EPM 4710 - Environmental Project Management
Professional 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.
Further Study - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)
Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.
Additional Further Study courses available, please see Design your custom plan for complete option of Further Study courses
Core Courses - 8 qtr. hrs
The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
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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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