Environmental Policy & Management

Master of Science

The Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management provides academic coursework and research opportunities in one of the world’s most significant issues: the environment. In this online graduate degree, you’ll explore the use of management tools and strategies to resolve complex environmental problems and controversies, while studying environmental economics and resource availability. Additional concentrations offered in this degree program allow you to focus on emerging fields of study, including global environmental change, environmental planning, and environmental sustainability. 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.

This program is taught by credentialed environmental scholar-practitioners. Many hold leadership positions at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land Management, the Nature Conservancy, and other government agencies.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Research, analytics, and written communication
  • Ecosystems management and resource availability
  • Environmental technology management
  • Landscape-level conservation
  • Impact of industrialization on the environment
  • Political ecology
  • Environmental economics
  • Ethics, policies, regulations, and environmental laws
  • Environmental toxicology and  human health concerns

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Program Objectives

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

  • Develop management strategies that incorporate environmental compliance standards and achieve organizational missions.
  • Analyze the social, environmental, political, and economic barriers to the implementation of sustainable environmental practices and programs.
  • Assess the direct and indirect costs of environmental regulation, problems, and corrective actions.
  • Use the theory and practice of environmental policy and management to develop and evaluate global and local environmental strategies and policies including analysis of environmental issues, industrial-environmental relations, public and private environmental issues, and global environmental issues.
  • Evaluate the consequences of ecological destruction on public health, productivity, and social and economic welfare.

Degree at a Glance


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.


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
  • EVSP628 - Global Environmental Change

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
  • EVSP620 - Political Ecology
  • EVSP627 - Landscape Ecology and Planning
  • EVSP628 - Global Environmental Change

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


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 course catalog for details.

View other concentrations in this program to see sample courses.

  • EVSP506 - Restoration Ecology
  • EVSP507 - Conservation Biology

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
  • EVSP510 - Environmental Conflict Resolution
  • EVSP620 - Political Ecology
  • EVSP628 - Global Environmental Change
  • MGMT615 - Strategic Planning

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

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

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 admission 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, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

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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

The university 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.