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:
Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
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
Students specialize in one of four areas:
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
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:
Environmental Conflict Management
Conservation Project Design and Evaluation
Faculty Advisor: Jeff Langholz
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
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
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.
Frontier Market Scouts
The Ashoka award-winning Frontier Market Scouts fellowship program selects and trains students and professionals seeking careers in social venture management and impact investing. Two weeks of training is followed by a two- to 12-month field placement. To choose the fellowship program for your practicum, you must apply for admission to the program and complete the fieldwork, including an impact research report.
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
|Public Policy & the Environment||2|
|Environmental & Natural Resource Economics||4|
|Research Strategies for Environmental Policy||2|
|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|
|Fall 2||12 - 18 Credits|
|Specialization Courses / Electives||4 - 10|
|Spring 2||12 - 14 Credits|
|Practicum||4 - 6|
|Specialization Courses / Electives||8 - 10|
|TOTAL||60 - 64|