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Become a leader in addressing the world's toughest environmental challenges.

Actively Addressing Today’s Environmental Issues

The International Environmental Policy Program is unique because we're really creating the cutting edge agenda setters for policy in the world on really a range of sustainability initiatives across all seven continents, and pushing the envelope of really implementing the innovative solutions that are gonna solve the world's pressing poverty problems.

Our student Anumung Dravon, and her project in Ecuador, which Sam is involved, that place, right where you guys have this project, is the most biologically rich place on the planet.

The reason that I chose IEP MBA is because I have three different skills and experiences that I wanted to mesh into one, and MIIS offered this really unique combination that I couldn't find anywhere else.

MIIS prepares students for success by basically telling them that they have to write their own career path. And so we are educating people to really get into very niche fields that it's hard to think of what degree you would get to get that job, and so it's a very exciting path there in terms of networking, and conferences, and research, and fine tuning to end up at these really unique job opportunities that our students get pretty much without fail.

I've had this passion for ocean conservation since I was nine years old, but I didn't know how to actually harness that into a career, and MIIS has taught me exactly how to do that.

One of the things that stood out to me at the institute, is the structure of the curriculum, which allows me to return to Haiti last summer, and conducted research on best agricultural practices by assessing their impact on deforestation, migration, and poverty. And also with the help of the Institute, I was able to share the finding of my research with policy makers from Haiti at a conference in Harvard, last November.

We take learning beyond the walls of a classroom by being very clear right away that the classroom experience is really only about a third of what we consider the full graduate experience. The other third being participation in all kinds of clubs, associations, conferences, extracurricular activities, and a third on the job training. Any major environmental organization, even some smaller ones that operate and moderate, we have a relationship with and routinely have students working with.

Through MIIS, I was able to get an internship last summer with the MIIS Alum, and through that connection, I met my current boss, which is my dream job, and I will continue to work there once I graduate. And that opportunity would not have been presented to me unless I were at MIIS, and had developed the skills that I have now.

I learned a lot of skill in biodiversity protection, and research design, and design analysis, which I'm using right now in my internship at the Santa Lucia Conservancy. I think my experience with the Santa Lucia Conservancy will give me the knowledge that I need to save the biodiversity in Haiti.

If you have a spark, something that drives you every single day, this is the place that can give you the skill set to create that change that inspires you.

If you're the type of person who really wants to think of the affirmative and create the solutions for the future, this is the right program for you.

The Middlebury Institute Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy (IEP) prepares you for a rewarding career working with public, private, or nonprofit organizations to tackle the world's most pressing environmental problems.

Our interdisciplinary program gives you the opportunity to choose an immersive field experience as well as a career-oriented specialization in Natural Resource Policy and Management, Sustainability Management, Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, or Intercultural Competence. Our coastal location in central California provides access to prominent and active sustainability organizations and local internships that allow you to put theory into practice.

Improving language and intercultural competence is central to all degree programs at the Institute, and IEP students take courses taught in their chosen language of study and courses in intercultural studies.

Guaranteed $10K Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we guarantee a minimum $10,000 per-year scholarship (prorated by program length) to all IEP students joining our community in 2019. You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships depending on the strength of your application or financial situation.

Sustainability Speaker Series

The Sustainability Speaker Series brings creative, pragmatic, and practice-based environmental professionals to campus. Lectures are free and open to the public. The series features some of today’s most influential leaders across a wide variety of fields. See upcoming speakers.

Online Discussion: Are Surfers Raising Your Rent? How Environments Affect Our Economy

September 26, 2018 at 3 PM Pacific Time

In this interactive discussion Dr. Jason Scorse, chair of the IEP program and director of the Center for the Blue Economy will use recent investigations into the impact popular surfing locations have on local economies as a window into the value of economizing our natural resources in service of their protection.

Dr. Scorse will also discuss what sets our program apart, the opportunities students have to participate in faculty research, and the restorative joy of regularly getting out to surf the waters of Monterey Bay!


IEP Career Outcomes

Our graduates find careers designing and implementing sustainable solutions in fields as wide-ranging as conservation, sustainability management, ocean and coastal resource management, and climate policy.

Career Outcomes

Working within one year of graduation
Secured internships in 2017
Countries in which recent graduates are employed

How will you change the world?

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What makes us different?

See for yourself.

Why the Institute?

Find out what we can do for you.

Next Application Deadline

October 1