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Environmental Policy & Management

Master of Science

The Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management provides academic coursework focused on one of the world’s most significant issues: the environment. In this online master’s program, you will explore the use of environmental management tools and strategies to resolve complex environmental problems and controversies, while studying environmental economics and resource availability. You will learn about competing ethical arguments that drive environmental law, regulation, policy and management decisions. Both qualitative and quantitative means of analysis of environmental data are addressed.

This master’s degree helps prepare you for new careers or career advancement in government agencies, industries, and other organizations where employees with environmental knowledge are in demand. Six concentration choices and three end-of-program options (professional portfolio, capstone project, or thesis) allow you to tailor the program to your specific career path and provides for targeted professional development.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Research environmental management strategies that incorporate ecological, economic, and social considerations.
  • Analyze the ecological, economic, and social barriers to the implementation of sustainable environmental practices and programs.
  • Assess the direct and indirect costs of environmental regulation, problems, and corrective actions.
  • Examine environmental strategies and policies across spatial scales.
  • Evaluate the consequences of ecological destruction on public health, productivity, and social and economic welfare.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Environmental Planning

Teaches how to design, implement, and evaluate sustainable developments, landscapes, and environments. Covers interactions between humans and their environment and government policies. Legislation, socio-political influences, and the analysis of development plans for adherence to professional standards and principles are covered.

Sample Courses

  • EDMG515 - Hazard Mitigation and Resilient Communities
  • EVSP509 - The National Environmental Policy Act
  • EVSP558 - Watershed Management
  • EVSP561 - Elements of Sustainable Design
  • EVSP627 - Landscape Ecology and Planning
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Environmental Sustainability

Looks at the complex and dynamic interactions between humans and their environment. Examines the role of government policies and the barriers preventing full sustainability implementation. Topics covered include how sustainability solves complex environmental problems and meets critical resource needs from a local to global scale.

Sample Courses

  • EVSP509 - The National Environmental Policy Act
  • EVSP561 - Elements of Sustainable Design
  • EVSP605 - Energy Policy and Sustainability
  • EVSP627 - Landscape Ecology and Planning
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Fish and Wildlife Management

Examines fundamental concepts and principles of fish and wildlife management, and why human activity has an effect on populations. Teaches how legal regulations, policies, and politics influence management. The role of collaboration and partnerships in meeting critical resource needs on a national and global scale is also covered.

Sample Courses

  • EVSP504 - Fisheries Management
  • EVSP505 - Wildlife Management
  • EVSP506 - Restoration Ecology
  • EVSP507 - Conservation Biology
  • EVSP558 - Watershed Management
  • EVSP697 - Fish and Wildlife Seminar
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General

This general concentration allows you to select from all concentration courses offered within this program, enabling you to create your own focused area of study.

View other concentrations in this program to see sample courses.

  • EVSP506 - Restoration Ecology
  • EVSP507 - Conservation Biology
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Global Environmental Management

Studies global environmental and climate change, and examines the potential impacts on environmental policy and society, via scholarly research and real-world case studies. Emphasis is on the implications of environmental change for environmental managers, including management decision-making and strategies.

Sample Courses

  • EDMG503 - Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management
  • EDMG515 - Hazard Mitigation and Resilient Communities
  • EVSP507 - Conservation Biology
  • EVSP558 - Watershed Management
  • MGMT615 - Strategic Planning
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National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Covers the theory and practice of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), with a focus on gaining hands-on experience preparing original NEPA compliance documents. Reviews examples of NEPA documents: Categorical Exclusions, Environmental Assessments, and Environmental Impact Statements. Looks at state vs. federal NEPA regulations, and reviews at least one federal agency’s NEPA procedures.

Sample Courses

  • EVSP509 - The National Environmental Policy Act
  • EVSP629 - Environmental Impact Analysis
  • EVSP640 - Advanced Environmental Impact Analysis
  • EVSP639 - Intermediate Environmental Impact Analysis

Admission Requirements

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An AMU admissions representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation after you complete the enrollment application.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, AMU offers a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.