Environmental Science and Policy, MS
Environmental Science and Policy, MS
BE AN AGENT OF CHANGE. WITH PACE.
Passionate about science and interested in policy? Passionate about policy and interested in science? Passionate about both? We’ve got you covered. The Pace Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy (MSESP) is an integrated curriculum of science, policy and law, communication skills, and professional advocacy that will help to make you an effective agent of change in the public, private or non-profit sectors.
Why choose Environmental Science and Policy at Pace?
There has never been a better time to consider a career in environmental science and policy. Related positions are on the rise in response to a surge in sustainable technologies, new energy markets, environmental disasters, and support for improved conservation policies. Applicants with training and experience in brokering the science-policy interface will have the competitive advantage.
The environmental field is projected to grow by more than 20% over the coming decade. With an ever-increasing global awareness of the consequences of pressing environmental/societal issues, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, air pollution, justice and food systems, there has never been a more important time for engaged professionals who are trained in science, policy, and their intersections.
Your aspirations, our expertise.
With our small-university environment and individualized program approach, you will never be lost in the crowd. Located in the epicenter of environmentalism, our regional connections offer you challenging opportunities. Working with faculty whose networks include government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses, you will have access to professionals and internships that will jump-start your career.
The New York metropolitan area has deep roots in environmental protection and our faculty are well-connected to professionals in the region. We will help you gain meaningful experiences through externships, internships, and research assistant opportunities. Pace MSESP graduates will be job-ready with a breadth of skills:
- Communication of complex scientific concepts and findings on multi-faceted environmental issues to a varied audience.
- Implementation of the scientific method and the process of environmental project design, execution, and communication.
- Analysis of environmental policy choices for industry, government, and non-governmental institutions.
- Understanding the political, economic, and cultural systems involved in environmental policymaking, including the relative roles of government agencies, courts, non-profit organizations, and advocacy groups at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Professional advocacy strategies to influence policymaking outcomes through research, communications, negotiation, and engagement in formal government processes.
Research and Practices
Research and scholarship are integral parts of the program. You will work alongside faculty members to expand the knowledge boundaries of the environmental realm and design improved policies. You'll be trained on how to apply analytical techniques to unexplored questions through a research thesis or capstone project. Pace University offers ample physical resources for success, including state-of-the-art lab facilities and critical digital assets. Our students have worked on regional and global research questions, improving the protection of eels in the Hudson River to mammals in India.
Our faculty are the pillars of the program. They are student mentors and collaborators. Students are taught in small classes by expert faculty who research and practice actively in the environmental science and policy fields. As partners, faculty will help you develop essential skills to make you competitive in the marketplace, no matter your career goals.
In addition to their research and scholarship, our professors provide individualized
career guidance and networking opportunities to align with your interests and aspirations. Faculty associated with the program have connections with a diverse set of governmental, non-profit, and private institutions, nationally and regionally. For example, our students have worked with the Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYC Parks and Recreation, NYC Audubon, the American Museum of Natural History, private sanctuaries, and sustainable businesses.
For more information, contact:
Michelle Land, JD
Matthew Aiello-Lammens, PhD
Example Career Titles
- Conservation Scientist / Manager / Land Steward
- Environmental Program Coordinator
- Further studies via PhD programs
- Policy analyst
- Policy associate
- Sustainability Specialist
Where Alumni Work
- Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, D.C.
- Guth DeConzo Consulting Engineers, PC
- New York Power Authority
- New York University
- Office of the U.S. Senate Majority Leader
- Oklahoma State Senate
- Rockefeller Preserve
- Scenic Hudson
- Teatown Lake Reservation, New York
- US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Various congressional offices