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Degree Requirements

  • The Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management curriculum asks students to consider environmental challenges through the lens of social justice, critical theory, and political economy. The curriculum offers a sound foundation in the public policy and management disciplines with concentrations in these two areas.

    Students can deepen their skills in specific areas of interest through specializations in which they can select elective courses on subjects such as food, finance, and environmental justice. Students integrate their learning in a culminating capstone seminar in which they develop their own research- or practice-based project. The curriculum offers students flexibility on the basis of academic or professional experience. The program emphasizes experiential, hands-on learning from practitioners in the field with a commitment to interdisciplinary, critical approaches to environmental and sustainability studies.

    The MS in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management requires the successful completion of a 42-credit course of study.

    Courses Credits
    Core Courses
    NURP 5001 Economics for Management and Public Policy or NEPS 6112 Environmental Economics 3
    NURP 5013 Quantitative Methods 3
    Required Courses
    Making a Difference Requirement 3
    NEPS 5006 Principles of Environmental Science 3
    NEPS 5001 Climate Change: Systemic Crisis and System Change 3
    NEPS 5008 Sustainability Perspectives and Practice 3
    NEPS 5005 Leadership for Sustainability and Environmental Policy 3
    Finance Requirement 3
    Strategic Change Requirement 3
    NEPS 6001 Advanced Seminar in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management 3
    Concentration Requirements (choose one area)
    Policy Concentration
    NURP 6002 Policy Analysis 3
    Environmental Policy Requirement 3
    Two Approved Electives 6
    Management Concentration
    NMGM 5010 Management and Organizational Behavior 3
    NMGM 5003 Foundations of Organizational Change 3
    Two Approved Electives 6
    Total 42

    Required Course Options

    Making a Difference Requirement
    Choose from courses on justice and innovation in relation to environmental and sustainability practices across sectors. Sample courses that satisfy this requirement:

    • Environmental Justice: Race, Class, and the Environment
    • Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility
    • The Future Will Be Cooperative: Coops, Community Land Trusts, and the Commons
    • Indigenous Ecologies 

    Finance Requirement
    Choose from courses on financial systems that underlie the pathways and practices of sustainability. Sample courses that satisfy this requirement:

    • Elements of Finance
    • Capital Markets and Investing for Impact
    • Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations

    Strategic Change Requirement
    Choose from courses on methods, tools, and techniques with which to manage change. Sample courses that satisfy this requirement:

    • Strategies for Urban Sustainability
    • Organizational Assessment and Diagnosis

    Environmental Policy Requirement
    Choose from courses examining environmental infrastructure policy. Sample courses that satisfy this requirement:

    • Global Environmental Politics and Policy
    • Renewable Energy Systems


    The Milano School strongly encourages supplementing your classroom learning with internship experiences. Internships are especially important if you have limited experience or you are making a career change.