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"Bard CEP gave me the knowledge and opportunities to build a career in the field of international development. In fact, my internship led directly to my current position with UNDP as a technical advisor in its global Ecosystems and Biodiversity team. Every day in my work I apply the skills that I gained from CEP. Reflecting back on my unique multidisciplinary education at Bard, I realize that I am truly indebted to the passionate and dedicated CEP team."
Jessie Mee is from Massapequa, New York, and graduated from Bard in 2009. She now serves as a technical advisor on the Ecosystems and Biodiversity team at the United Nations Development Program. Jessie's master's project was titled "Valuing Select Nonmarketed Forest Products in the Western Balkans: A Meta-Analysis Approach."
What Makes Us Unique
Hudsonia Ltd. executive director Erik Kiviat '76 conducts a field trip for students.
We believe that solutions to environmental challenges should be tackled from an integrated perspective. Students are given rigorous scientific, economic, and political training, and they enter the professional world equipped with the knowledge and practical experience to create thoughtful, realistic and competent policy.
Innovation and Distinction
The Center’s innovative graduate programs are truly unique and interdisciplinary. Students come from various backgrounds to pursue a master of science degree in either environmental policy or climate science and policy. The emphasis on science-based policy enables students to progress from knowledge of the issues to the formulation of feasible, effective solutions. Distinctive features include an interdisciplinary approach to course work, small classes, one-on-one faculty advising, an extended professional internship, skills-based training, and research opportunities created to fit student interests. The master’s degree curriculum is shaped to reflect the fact that today’s students face an unprecedented leadership challenge, requiring from educators not only sound instruction in science, law, economics, and policy, but also the vision and courage to change the future.
Our interdisciplinary approach to curriculum involves more than requiring students to take classes in different disciplines during a period of study. We believe that in order for students to gain the full benefit of seeing issues from an integrated perspective, classes must all concurrently address the same environmental themes. The curriculum enables students to examine one particular environmental area at a time in a comprehensive and realistic manner.
In many schools that require an internship, those internships last only two to three months. We feel that a four- to six-month internship allows students to really integrate themselves within an organization and understand how it works, increasing the likelihood that they will acquire real ownership of a project. Often these projects form the nucleus of a student's master's thesis. Longer time spent in the professional world also allows students to make contacts and start building their network.
Small class sizes empower students to contribute substantially to each and every discussion. Moreover, the intimacy of the program allows students to develop close working and advising relationships with their instructors. Professors at Bard CEP are extremely accessible, and they consider themselves mentors, not just teachers. The intimacy of the program allows them to respond quickly to the needs and concerns of their students.
High Placement of Graduates
Bard CEP graduates are prepared to enter a wide variety of professional careers in government; nongovernmental organizations; private corporations; and development, advocacy, and conservation organizations. The curricula, the extended internship, and the graduate thesis come together to give our students the knowledge and the practical experience to gain meaningful jobs in their chosen arena—the majority of students graduate from Bard CEP already employed.