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The Middlebury Institute Master of Arts in International Environmental Policy (IEP) is a four-semester, 60-credit program.

Start Dates Credits Language Competency Program Chair
August or January 60 Required Jason Scorse

Core Course Work


Credits that develop a fundamental understanding of economics as it relates to environmental policy. Sample courses:

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics


Credits that develop quantitative skills to support environmental policymaking. Sample courses:

  • Data Analysis

  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Environmental Science

Credits that will ground you with an understanding of the applied science that underlies effective natural resources management, conservation, risk assessment, and decision making in a changing world. Sample courses:

  • Applied Conservation Science

Policy and Management

Credits that give you a strong background in environmental policy and management strategies. Sample courses:

  • Governing the Global Commons

  • Public Policy and the Environment

  • Research Strategies for Environmental Policy

Specialization Areas

Students specialize in one of four areas:

Sustainability Management

Business, government, and NGOs are increasingly searching for business solutions to global sustainability problems like climate change and marine plastic pollution. This specialization aims to position graduates to fill the growing demand in all sectors for sustainability-savvy professionals with foundational competencies in financial management, entrepreneurship, and organizational leadership. Sample courses:

  • Corporate Sustainability Management and Strategy

  • Foundations in Financial Management

  • Green Business Feasibility Assessment

  • Leadership Across Borders

Faculty advisor: Lyuba Zarsky

Natural Resource Policy and Management

As the importance of biodiversity protection becomes more widely recognized, the demand for multifaceted and skilled professionals is growing. Governmental organizations, NGOs, consulting firms, and private companies are looking to minimize their environmental impact, and students in this specialization focus on resources as diverse as forests, fisheries, minerals, freshwater, and natural protected areas. Sample courses:

Faculty Advisor: Jeff Langholz

Ocean and Coastal Resource Management

Learn to integrate marine science and policy with economics and management to understand and address global climate change and promote ocean and coastal sustainability. This specialization is offered in conjunction with the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE). Students can participate in UCSC’s MARINE (Monterey Area Research Institutions’ Network for Education) program, and also are eligible for CBE fellowships. Sample courses:

  • International Marine Science and Policy

  • International Marine Law

  • Ocean and Coastal Economics

  • Sustainable Coastal Management

  • The Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Speaker Series

Faculty Advisor: Jason Scorse

Intercultural Competence

The Intercultural Competence (ICC) specialization equips students with the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes to expertly lead and train multicultural teams, sensitively interact with diverse stakeholders, and create effective ICC assessments and training materials. Students interested in communication, social and environmental justice, and facilitation skills should consider this specialization.

Faculty Advisor: Netta Avineri

Professional Practicum

Put theory into practice through a semester-long practicum in the field. Options include the following:

Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation PLUS

Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation PLUS includes a three- to nine-month internship applying degree-area skills to benefit a host organization. You’ll also create a case study examining DPMI-related issues confronting the organization. These issues may include project design, project monitoring, training, stakeholder participation, strategic partnering, social entrepreneurship, and innovation.

International Professional Service Semester

An immersive learning experience, the International Professional Service Semester integrates academic work with professional opportunities. Students serve as junior professional staff members in an international organization while producing specific deliverables for academic credit.

Applied Professional Practicum

The independent practicum (four to six credits) requires independent academic planning and responsibilities. Students can choose to enter a business case competition, develop their own business plan, do field research, a project focused on environmental advocacy and/or activism, or other related professional work that is supervised by one or more faculty members.

Language and Intercultural Competence

Courses taught in your chosen language combine language skills development with topics related to your IEP degree work and professional interests. Our intercultural competence offerings provide the cross-cultural communication skills needed to pursue global careers. Sample courses:

  • International Migrations (in Arabic)

  • Environmentally Sustainable Development (in Spanish)

  • Sustainability for Professionals (in French)

  • Intercultural Group Dynamics

  • Trust Across Cultures

  • Leadership Across Borders


Center for the Blue Economy Summer Fellows

Students enrolled in the IEP program who are pursuing the concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management are eligible for fully funded summer fellowships with top marine organizations.

Additional Program Options

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.

Options for Peace Corps Service

Interested students can integrate Peace Corps service into their degree.

Accelerated Entry and Advanced Entry

Students who meet our requirements for accelerated entry or advanced entry may be eligible to complete the degree in three or two full-time semesters. See How to Apply for details.

Sample Course Schedule

Fall Start, Full Time, Four Semesters

Fall 16 Credits
Public Policy & the Environment 2
Environmental & Natural Resource Economics 4
Research Strategies for Environmental Policy 2
Language Studies 4
Spring 1 (including January term) 16 - 20 Credits
Governing the Global Commons 4
Applied Conservation Science 
(waiver possible with requisite coursework)
Specialization Courses 4 - 12
Language Studies 4
Fall 2 12 - 18 Credits
Methods Course 4
Specialization Courses / Electives 4 - 10
Language/Intercultural Competence 4
Spring 2 12 - 14 Credits
Practicum 4 - 6
Specialization Courses / Electives 8 - 10
TOTAL 60 - 64