Duke University

Nicholas School of the Environment

Master of Environmental Management


2138 Campus Drive

Durham, NC 27708

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Masters of Environmental Management with concentrations in: Coastal Environmental Management (CEM) Ecosystem Science and Conservation (ESC) Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health (EEH) Energy and Environment (EE) Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP) Global Environmental Change (GEC) Water and Air Resources (WAR)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Most students entering the Nicholas School seek graduate professional degrees, preparing for careers as expert environmental problem-solvers after two years of study. The Master of Environmental Management (MEM) degree trains students to understand the scientific basis of environmental problems, as well as the social, political and economic factors that determine effective policy options for their solution. MEM Students choose one specialized concentration for study: • Coastal Environmental Management (CEM) The specific aim of the Coastal Environmental Management program is to train scientifically informed professionals to fill coastal policy and management, research, or advocacy positions in federal and state agencies, industry, consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations. • Ecosystem Science and Conservation (ESC) The Ecosystem Science and Conservation program area focuses on the natural science, policy, and management issues that relate to the stewardship of our natural resources. The defining feature of the program is a two-dimensional structure, consisting of a focal Concentration Area and an Approach. • Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health (EEH) The Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health emphasizes interactions among human/environmental health and ecological processes. Graduates of the program have the skills to become analysts or consultants for private industry and public agencies that deal with health effects and environmental issues. • Energy and Environment (EE) The Energy and Environment program aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively address energy and environmental challenges. Students who pursue the Energy and Environment program area will be well prepared for positions in the corporate, government and non-government sectors. • Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP) The Environmental Economics and Policy program is designed to train decision-makers, those who offer them expert advice, and those who try to influence policy through the political process. • Global Environmental Change (GEC) The Global Environmental Change program provides an integrated package of fundamental environmental science, analytical skills, and management and policy training. The program is designed to provide the necessary background for a student to develop a career in public, private, or nonprofit sectors, or to pursue further studies in environmental science and policy. • Water and Air Resources (WAR) The program in Water and Air Resources enables students to understand the physical, chemical, and biological processes affecting aquatic and atmospheric environments. Graduates of the program will acquire the skills required to practice as analysts or consultants for employers concerned with the management and protection of water and air resources.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

International Student Requirements:

International Students must provide a statement of support with their Visa application. International students must have proof of support for ten months of living expenses.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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