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MS Degree Handout

For a good overview of our MS degrees in environmental policy and climate science and policy, including timelines, courses, and admissions information, please download the form below.

Monique Segarra

Bard CEP Faculty, Environmental Politics and Policy

Monique Segarra

Monique Segarra, assistant professor of politics, teaches environmental policy analysis and climate politics. Her research focuses on the intersection of natural resource management, climate change, and human rights in the global south and the politics of water reform in Oaxaca, Mexico.

“Working with graduate students at CEP has enriched my work as a political scientist. The interdisciplinary nature of the program deepens our students’ ability to analyze and think about the policy process and how the key driver of our time, climate change and adaptation, is shaping our future policy choices.”

The Faculty

Students discuss some of the benefits of working with the faculty at Bard CEP.


Master of Science Programs

Master of Science Programs
Distinctive program features include:
• Interdisciplinary curricula covering local to global perspectives
• Systems thinking and analytical skill building
• Integration of natural and social sciences
• Exceptional faculty of experts and practitioners
• Close mentoring of student career preparations
• Professional internships 
• Research opportunities designed to meet student interests
• Affordable graduate program at prestigious college

MS in Environmental Policy

The program leading to the master of science degree in environmental policy offers three options. Most students follow the two-year program, which includes a four- to six-month internship and a Master’s Project. Environmental science, environmental and natural resource economics, environmental law, and environmental policy comprise the core first-year courses of the environmental policy track. These courses move progressively through several topics, all concurrently addressing the same environmental theme. The curriculum’s modular organization enables students to examine one specific environmental area at a time in an integrated, comprehensive, and realistic manner. 

MS in Climate Science and Policy

The climate degree covers the interplay between climate systems, ecosystems, and agricultural systems on the one hand and solutions on the other, training future policy leaders to guide efforts in greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation. The first-year curriculum focuses on climate science, energy consumption, and the agriculture and ecosystem linkages to climate. It connects core scientific principles to socioeconomic impacts, infrastructure investment, and political and legislative responses to global climate change. Students are taught the basic concepts of environmental and natural resource economics, environmental policy, and detailed analyses of U.S. and international climate law and policy. 

Total Credits , EP

Environmental Policy Degree, 58 Credits

First Semester
Environmental Science of Natural Environments 4
Environmental Law I 2
Environmental Policy I 3
Natural Resource Economics 4
Tools of Analysis: Statistics and Econometrics 2

Second Semester
January Term Elective 2
Environmental Science of Built Environments 4
Environmental Law II 2
Environmental Policy II 3
Environmental Economics 4
Tools of Analysis: Geographic Information Systems 2
First Year Credits / Professional Certificate 32

Third Semester
Professional Internship 10
Master's Project Proposal 2

Fourth Semester
Master's Project and Seminar 10
Capstone Seminar: Leadership & Communication 2
Topics in Environmental Policy 2
Second Year Credits 26

Total Credits, CSP

MS in Climate Science and Policy, 59 Credits

First Semester
Climate Science 4
Climate Policy I 3
Science of Agriculture and Ecosystems I 3
Natural Resource Economics 4
Tools of Analysis: Statistics and Econometrics 2

Second Semester
January Term Elective 2
Science of Energy Solutions 3
The Politics of Solutions 3
Science of Agriculture and Ecosystems II 3
Environmental Economics 4
Tools of Analysis: Geographic Information Systems 2
First Year Credits / Professional Certificate 33

Third Semester
Professional Internship 10
Master's Project Proposal 2

Fourth Semester
Master's Project and Seminar 10
Capstone Seminar: Leadership & Communication 2
Topics in Environmental Policy 2
Second Year Credits 26