Environmental Studies

Graduate Programs

Environmental Graduate Program Databases

Possible Graduate Fields

Environmental Law

Environmental Law programs train students to deal with environmental laws and regulations and the local, national and international level.

Types of Environmental Law Jobs:

  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Non Profit Legal Services
  • Environmental Lobbyist
  • Environmental Protection Specialist

Vermont Law School also offers a program in Environmental Law as well as an Agricultural and Food Systems specialization based out of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems.

University of St. Thomas School of Law draws a wide range of students from different backgrounds, including some CSB/SJU ES graduates. The University of St. Thomas also offers an attractive degree in Nonprofit Management.

Environmental Education

Environmental Education programs focus on preparing graduates for teaching in public and private institutions.

Types of Environmental Education Jobs:

  • Naturalist
  • Outdoor Education Specialist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Professor
  • Eco-Tourism

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College offers a Masters in Environmental Education.

Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy programs focus on the development, implementation, analysis, and evaluation of environmental policy for public, private and non-profit agencies.

Types of Environmental Policy Jobs:

  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Land Use Planning
  • Transportation Planning
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Environmental Law

Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs offers an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP), as well as other degrees that might be of interest.

Bard Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) offers a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy, as well as, other dual degrees with one that even integrates graduate school and the Peace Corps.

John's Hopkins University offers a Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy with an option of choosing a concentration in various areas.

Environmental Economics/Sustainable Business

Environmental Economics programs focus on the application of economic principles with regards to the environment. Most programs have focus on sub disciplines like agricultural economics or development economics. Sustainable Business degrees integrate business and economics with environmental, social, and cultural aspects of sustainability.

Types of Environmental Economics Jobs:

  • Environmental Consulting
  • Natural Resources Economist
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Planning

Environmental Science and Engineering

Environmental Science programs deal with the ecological aspect of environmental issues.

Types of Environmental Science Jobs:

  • Toxicologist
  • Geologist
  • Environmental Protection Agency Research
  • Ecologist
  • Forestry Technician

If you wish to continue to pursue studies in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Saint Mary's University of Minnesota offers a M.S. in Geographic Information Science.

The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies has multiple Master's and Doctoral programs which are attractive to a wide array of interests.

Environmental Design and Architecture

Environmental Design focuses on the design of building and communities in ways that are sustainable and environmentally safe.

Types of Environmental Design Jobs:

  • Environmental Architecture
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Engineering

The University and California Berkely offers an interdisciplinary approach to design and planning to prepare graduates for the real world.

The University of Colorado's Urban and Regional Planning bachelor of environmental design degree enables graduates to identify the root cause of urban and regional problems.

Environmental Journalism

Environmental Journalism focuses on the communication of a specific environmental or scientific message for news agencies, organizations , or government agencies

Types of Environmental Journalism Jobs:

  • Environmental Writer
  • Communication Design

Columbia University offers a dual master's degree program in Earth & Environmental Science Journalism. The program is co-sponsored by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences).

Environmental Psychology

Environmental Psychology examines the relationship between a human's natural environment and their well being.

Types of Environmental Psychology Jobs:

  • Urban Planning
  • Eco-Psychology
  • Environmental Health Research

The graduate program at University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment is designed for students interested in the behavioral aspects of natural resource and environmental stewardship issues. The program prepares students to pursue a wide variety of environmental careers.

Conservation Biology

Conservation Biology focuses on the application of conservation principles to biological and natural ecosystems

Types of Conservation Biology Jobs:

  • Wildlife Management
  • Resource Management
  • Forestry Technician
  • Zoology

The University of Minnesota Conservation Biology program has  strengths in ecology, natural resources, fisheries, aquatic biology and environmental social sciences, and have been ideally situated to pioneer scholarly work in Conservation Biology.

For more specialized interests, the University of New Brunswick's Fredericton's Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management graduate programs allow students to contribute to research projects such as assessing forest carbon storage and maximizing carbon credits.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Derek Larson
Chair, Environmental Studies
SJU Peter Engel 235

Jennifer Kutter
Department Coordinator
SJU Peter Engel 201

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