Become a leader in addressing the world's toughest environmental challenges.
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. You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships depending on the strength of your application or 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.
Our interdisciplinary program gives you the opportunity to choose an immersive field experience as well as a career-oriented specialization:
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 postcompletion 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.