Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy 

The Environmental Science and Policy degree equips students with substantive breadth in knowledge and skills at the intersection of environmental science and policy.


Employment in master’s-level occupations is projected to grow by almost 17 percent from 2016 to 2026, the fastest of any education level. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).


A master’s degree holder can expect to earn an average of 20 percent more than someone who has only earned their bachelor’s degree. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021).


Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 8% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021).

Earn your Master's in Environmental Science and Policy

The Master of Science Environmental Science and Policy, a joint program between the College of Science and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities’ School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, provides interdisciplinary training and environmental problem-solving expertise to the next generation of environmental professionals. The program emphasizes a broadly interdisciplinary and synthetic approach that integrates knowledge in the environmental sciences (conservation biology, climate change, fisheries science, ecosystem function, biodiversity, restoration ecology) with the social sciences (policy, economics, sociology, political science, and development) and humanities (environmental history, philosophy, and ethics). The goal of the program is to equip professionals with substantive breadth in knowledge and skills at the intersection of environmental science and policy. The program focuses on training students to think critically about the underlying causes of environmental problems and understanding the reciprocal relationships between coupled human-natural ecosystems and the interconnections between social and technological innovations. The program explores practical approaches and potential solutions that decision-makers need to evaluate in policy debates related to promoting environmental sustainability.

Need more flexibility?

We also offer a MS in Marine Biology, and a PhD program. Learn more here.


  • 1.5 years (with optional experiential co-op opportunity)
  • Full-time & part-time offerings
  • On-campus in Boston

How to Apply

Learn more about the application process and requirements here.


Total tuition for the program is $59,600 (This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2020-2021 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition.)

We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

Learn more about financing your education here.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Domestic: August 1st
  • Spring Domestic: December 1st
  • Fall International: June 1st
  • Spring International: October 1st
  • International currently on a F1 visa in the US:
    • Fall: July 15th
    • Spring: October 31st


  • Online application
  • Application fee
  • All transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Resumé
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency
  • GRE not required

Environmental Science and Policy career paths

The Master of Science Environmental Science and Policy requires 36 credits for completion. Students take nine classes across three semesters. In addition, there are two required seminar classes, two skills classes, and two department-based electives. Students are then able to take three interdisciplinary courses from any college at Northeastern. This opportunity gives learners the chance to expand their horizons and apply environmental science and policy to various disciplines and future career paths.

Environmental Policy


  • Policy Science and Analysis related to environmental management
  • Regulations
  • and more

Potential career paths:

  • Federal, state, local government
  • NGOs
  • Corporate institutions

Environmental Science and Sustainability


  • Environmental management
  • Climate change
  • Food systems
  • Equity in sustainability
  • Corporate government sustainability
  • and more

Potential career paths:

  • Federal, state, local government
  • Small non-profits
  • Large and international NGOs
  • Environmental consulting
  • Corporate sustainability roles

Ecology and Marine Science


  • Environmental management
  • Research
  • Climate change
  • Marine systems
  • Water resource management
  • and more.

Potential career paths:

  • Federal, state, local government
  • NGOs
  • Environmental consulting
  • Research institutions
Meet our Faculty
Brian Helmuth
Jon Grabowski
John Felix
Sam Munoz
Tara Duffy
Katie Lotterhos
Geoff Trussel
Jennie C. Stephens
Laura Kuhl
Joan Fitzgerald
Linda Kowlacky

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