Bard Center for Environmental Policy
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP) was founded in 1999 to promote education, research, and leadership on critical environmental issues. Bard CEP offers master of science degrees in environmental policy and in climate science and policy, and a master of education in environmental education. These programs provide rigorous interdisciplinary grounding in science, economics, policy, law, education, and communication. Graduates pursue careers as policy analysts, educators, and advocates in NGOs, government, and business. During the first year of study, all students participate in an immersive educational experience. The MS students embark on a 10-day course focusing on policy for sustainable development in Oaxaca, Mexico, and MEd students spend 10 days in the Catskill Mountains learning environmental education techniques in the field. A full-time professional internship is an integral part of training during the second year, when students also complete an individual capstone project.
Students pursuing the MEd take a carefully curated program that combines environmental education classes with graduate courses from the Center for Environmental Policy and Bard’s Master of Arts in Teaching Program, with the option of taking management and leadership courses in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program. In addition to the core classroom curriculum, the MEd program emphasizes experiential learning and features a January intensive focused on place-based and outdoor education, and a professional internship and capstone project in the second year of study.
Bard CEP also offers dual-degree options through Pace Law School, the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Bard College, and Bard’s MBA in Sustainability. Bard CEP is a partner institution in the Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, maintains research relationships with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and is home to the National Climate Seminar, a biweekly national dial-in conversation among Bard CEP students and experts in the field. Recent initiatives have focused on environmental policy in East Asia and improving the vitality of the food economy of the Hudson Valley. CEP also hosts the C2C Fellows program, a national network for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to sustainability leadership in politics and business.