International Environmental Policy (MAIEP)

Just as Middlebury pioneered the field of environmental studies, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS)'s MA in International Environmental Policy program prepares the next generation of leaders in governments, international organizations, and private businesses. We create courses that address the latest international trends and practice what we preach through the sustainable campus movement. You will have the opportunity to pursue one of three specializations: Energy and Climate Change, Business, Sustainability, and Development; and Natural Resource Policy and Management.

MAIEP Degree Map

Requirements for Admission

I. Coursework at Middlebury

  • Completion of a BA in Environmental Studies from Middlebury
  • Introduction to microeconomics (ECON 155). If not completed at Middlebury, microeconomics may be taken as an intensive course in August or January at MIIS (for a fee) or at other Monterey Bay Area campuses prior to matriculation (Note: this course does not count towards MAIEP degree). This course must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher.
  • Non-Environmental Studies graduates from Middlebury may also be eligible and may apply with permission of the IEP Program Chair at MIIS. Such students must meet other requirements outlined for the MAIEP and must complete the following additional requirements: A course in spatial analysis or statistics (e.g., Geographic Information Systems [GEOG 0320], Introduction to Statistical Science [MATH 0116], Psychological Statistics [PSYC 0201], Economic Statistics [ECON 0210], Introduction to Regression Analysis [ECON 0211] or Experimental Design & Data Analysis [BIOL 0211]); a lab course in environmental science or ecology (e.g., ENVS 0112 or BIOL 0140).

II. Language Skills

Students are required to have advanced language skills to be admitted to their respective program. The language requirements for admission to the IEP program are as follows:

Students must be ready to begin their language studies at the following level by the time they begin the degree program:

  • Chinese, French, Japanese or Russianready to start at the third-year college level.  Successful applicants will have had at least two academic years of beginning language;
    one recent academic year plus one summer of intensive language the summer prior to enrolling in the degree program.
  • Spanish or Arabic – ready to start at the second-year college level.  Successful applicants will have had at least one academic year of beginning language;
    one summer of intensive language the summer prior to enrolling in the degree program.

Students will take a Language Placement Exam upon arrival at MIIS during New Student Orientation, and must follow the recommendations of language faculty based on the results of this assessment. Chinese, French, Japanese, or Russian students must pass a placement test for 300-level (or above) language courses.  Arabic or Spanish language students must pass a placement test for at least 200-level courses.

Those wishing to gain a sense of their abilities may take an online diagnostic test.  This diagnostic test is NOT a replacement for the assessment test.

III. International Experience

This may be satisfied in various ways, including: a semester abroad while at Middlebury with an environmental project or internship (as a minimum) or an internship abroad during the summer between graduating from Middlebury and entering MIIS (the Center for Advising and Career Services at MIIS has resources and can assist students to identify and obtain summer internships). For graduates interested in more extended immersion, an entire year or more studying or working abroad in an environmentally-related field before entering MIIS also satisfies this requirement.

Course Requirements: Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS)

Public Policy and the Environment (IPOL 8506); Research Strategies for Environmental Policy (IPOL 8503); Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (IPOL 8542); International Environmental Law and Politics (IPOL 8507); Quantitative Methods for Environmental Policy (IPOL 8512); Natural Science Foundations for Environmental Policy (IPOL 8591).

In addition, students are required to take environmental elective specialization courses, equivalent to two full-semester courses in one of the following three tracks: Energy and Climate Change; Business, Sustainability, and Development; or Natural Resource Policy and Management.

A student entering the MAIEP program at the 400-level in their second language must take 2 regular language classes at this level or higher; if the student enters the program at the 300-level, she/he will be required to take 3 regular language classes (which may require time beyond two semesters). If a student has high language proficiency and is able to waive any portion of this requirement, the courses can be replaced with additional elective courses. In all cases, students must have a total of 32 credits from MIIS to complete this degree.