Final-Year Courses

Final-Year Courses
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Amy Faust '07

Consultant, Environmental Planning, UK Department for International Development/World Bank, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Amy Faust

"The theoretical and practical training from BCEP was key to my entry into international development. My con-sulting assignments for international financial institutions vary from climate change planning to environmental impact mitigation to urban development in Latin America and East Africa - all have required a holistic approach and a firm grounding in understanding economic, political, technical and community angles to develop sustain-able solutions with government and donor clients." 

Final-Year Courses

In the final year of study, which is the second year for normal MS students, both EP and CSP students specialize by concentrating on career interests through a professional internship and the Master's Project. Additionally, second-year courses emphasize leadership training, communication skills, and trending environmental topics.


Master’s Project Proposal

Students begin to formalize project ideas during the summer after their first year, in consultation with a project adviser on the faculty. The internship allows students to explore policy issues and usually serves as the springboard for projects. During the internship period, a formal proposal is presented to the student’s advisor, who chairs the individual’s Master’s Project Committee, which is composed of three members (at least two of whom are CEP faculty). Read More >


The internship provides hands-on experience working with professionals in the field and facilitates entry into the job market. Internship arrangements with public, private, and nonprofit organizations offer a wide range of choices and provide real benefits to the student and the collaborating organization. Conducted during the summer and fall semester of the second year, internships are at least 30 hours a week and four consecutive months in duration. Read More >


Topics in Environmental Policy 

This seminar is offered annually in the spring, and covers various topics in environmental policy. All second-year students take this lecture-based class along with a few select first-year students. First-year students take a policy lab associated with the topic, in which, as a team, they pursue a consulting project for a client, organized by the professor and related to the course topic: for example, a project centered around urban, local, or international policy. 

Capstone Seminar: Leadership and Communication 

Careers in environmental policy require excellent analytical skills, but also the ability to lead policy implementation. This class focuses on values-based leadership—understanding different leadership ap-proaches, critical skills, and pathways to engage a community in a policy vision. The course focuses on self-awareness and communication as foundations for leadership. Students learn how to communicate clearly and accurately about environmental problems and how to target information for different purposes and to audiences in multiple sectors, becoming familiar with various approaches to framing and conveying messages. Classes with voice and speech coaches help students hone their presentation and public-speaking skills. Students also learn about fundraising, foundations, and grant writing.

Master’s Project and Seminar 

The seminar offers a platform for students to present progress reports on their Master’s Projects and to systematically analyze substantive issues stemming from their project research. Students discuss typical policy issues and problems treated in their projects, along with different ways of dealing with them. They also address methodological challenges encountered in their projects, and focus on effectively conveying the results of their research. The seminar provides the opportunity for students to explore together the applied interaction among science, political forces, values, and particular economic interests in producing policy outcomes. The seminar also offers students the chance to receive critiques of their work from their peers as well as a team of professors from different disciplines who lead the class together. 

The Master’s Project can take the shape of an academic thesis or a more public-facing project. The culmination of the project is a written report and a public presentation. The project must be approved by the student’s Master’s Project Committee as the final requirement for graduation. Read More >