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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 provide a fundamental understanding of international economics as it relates to international environmental policy. Sample courses:

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

  • Ocean and Coastal Economics


Credits that focus on environmental policy methodology. 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

  • International Marine Science and Policy

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 three 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 Environmental Strategy and Management

  • Foundations in Financial Management

  • Green Business Feasibility Assessment

  • Leadership Across Borders

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:

  • Sustainable Agriculture

  • Environmental Conflict Management

  • Negotiating Freshwater Conflicts

  • Conservation Project Design and Evaluation

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 COS MARINE, the Monterey Area Research Institutions’ Network for Education, 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

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)

  • Environmental and Sustainable Development (in Spanish)

  • Sustainability for Professionals (in French)

  • Intercultural Group Dynamics

  • Multilingual Communication in Multicultural Settings

  • 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.

Frontier Market Scouts

An Ashoka-approved program, Frontier Market Scouts advances purpose-driven work by coaching and training students and professionals for careers in social enterprise management and responsible investing.

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
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 4
Research Strategies for Environmental Policy 2
Public Policy and the Environment 2
1-2 Weekend Workshops 4
Language Studies 4
Spring 1 16 Credits
Governing the Global Commons 4
Applied Conservation Science 4
Specialization Courses 4
Language Studies 4
Fall 2 14 Credits
Methods Course 4
Specialization Courses 4
Language/Intercultural Competence 4
Electives 2
Spring 2 14 Credits
Specialization Courses 8
Electives 6