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Become a leader in addressing the world’s toughest environmental challenges, including climate change.

Our Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy (IEP) prepares you for a rewarding career working with public, private, or nonprofit organizations. This degree is for people who want to take action and actively build the more sustainable societies that the world so desperately needs.

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Fall or spring 60 4 semesters Monterey, California Live

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Join us online and in person for Preview Days. We are hosting weekly webinars and on-campus events on a range of topics from video game localization to peacebuilding. You will also have the opportunity to take a deep-dive into the curriculum and career outcomes for your program of interest. Check out the full schedule and sign up.

Study In Person and/or Online

Your courses are available in person and online. You may start and complete your entire degree program remotely but please note that many of your online courses will be live (synchronous) so you will have to keep time zones in mind. The faculty, curriculum, and per-credit cost are the same for both formats so you will have the flexibility to study online or in person, or easily switch between the two experiences as your personal and professional needs allow.

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 environmental 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 a 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.

Launch Your Career

Career and Academic Advising

We integrate your career and academic advising, making sure your coursework aligns with your career goals. The same advisor will guide you from course registration to preparing for interviews and negotiating new career opportunities.


Our graduates are often hired before they complete their program, leveraging real-world projects from their classes, internships, and practicum to showcase their relevant professional experience. They are thriving at organizations like Oceana, Conservation International, and Microsoft. Explore careers.


The program is international because there is no way to solve the world’s greatest sustainability challenges through the actions of one country alone. Furthermore, cultural and historical context matters when crafting policies. Our curriculum focuses 50% on the policies of the U.S. and California and 50% on the international context, ensuring that our graduates understand U.S. policy as well as key international institutions, treaties, and case studies. 

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 are able to take content courses in a second language and/or courses in intercultural competence that emphasize social and environmental justice. 

See the curriculum for more details.

60 credits
4 semesters
50% U.S.-focused curriculum

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

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.


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 the required professional practicum in the field or a related research course:

STEM Designation

The MA in International Environmental Policy program is designated as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree program. International students who graduate from this program, and who are eligible to apply for standard Optional Practical Training (OPT), may also qualify to apply for a STEM 24-month extension of their work authorization. Please visit International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to read more about eligibility requirements for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and the 24-month STEM extension.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents can take advantage of a number of scholarships only available in STEM-designated degrees.

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.

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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

employed or continuing education within one year of graduation
secured internships in 2019–2021
different employers of recent graduates

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