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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. This four-semester, 60-credit degree is for people who want to take action and actively build the more sustainable societies that the world so desperately needs. 

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. Applicants who qualify for multiple guaranteed scholarships are awarded a combination of scholarships with a total combined value up to 40 percent of tuition.

You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships depending on the strength of your application and your financial situation.

Career-Oriented Course Work

The fundamental premise of the curriculum is that innovation is in the implementation—we focus on educating leaders who can impact major policy that improves people’s lives and the environment on which we all depend.

Core classes provide a base of natural science literacy, along with an emphasis on interdisciplinary social science—economics, law, policy, psychology, communication, and data analysis. We don’t simply study problems but address them, paying particular attention to behavioral design, effective advocacy, and social justice concerns.

Bridging cultural and linguistic barriers opens up global career opportunities, so IEP students take several content courses in their chosen language of study and courses in intercultural competence that emphasize social and environmental justice. 

Faculty: Professors and Practitioners

You will work closely with professors on real-world consulting projects and research papers. In addition to their research and publication endeavors, our faculty are actively engaged policy professionals, ensuring that you are learning the latest practices straight from the field. Together with career advisors, they mentor students to provide the academic and professional experience that will help them realize their career goals. Meet our faculty

Specializations

Our interdisciplinary program gives you the opportunity to choose an immersive field experience as well as a career-oriented specialization:

Professional Practicum

Put theory into practice through a professional practicum in the field or a related research course:

International Students: Three-Year Optional Practical Training

International students enrolled in the program can qualify for the STEM 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT. This enables you to work for three years in the U.S. after graduation while still on your student visa.

The Advantage of the Monterey Location

More than 150 environmental organizations have offices in the Monterey Bay area. Monterey is a center for marine and ocean conservation and policy, featuring premier resources such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Nearby Silicon Valley is at the heart of the green tech revolution, and the organic agriculture movement started just on the other side of the bay in Santa Cruz. Conservation leaders like the Big Sur Land Trust and the Ventana Wildlife Society are local groups that have helped define conservation policy for decades. Just two hours away, the San Francisco Bay Area has the highest concentration of environmental NGOs anywhere in the world.

The Center for the Blue Economy

The Middlebury Institute’s Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) is a research and academic center developing innovative ways to address critical ocean and coastal resource management issues, particularly with respect to coastal climate adaptation and “blue” economic development. Students in the IEP program who are pursuing the specialization in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management are eligible for fully funded CBE summer fellowships with top marine organizations, as well as research assistant positions that allow them to work on cutting-edge research during their studies.

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.

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

92%
Working within one year of graduation
94%
Secured internships in 2017
19+
Countries in which recent graduates are employed
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Next Application Deadline

February 1