MA in Energy & Environmental Analysis

The Center for Energy & Environmental Studies within the Department of Earth & Environment sponsors an MA in Energy & Environmental Analysis. Students and their advisors in the center work together in planning an individualized program of study. The program provides a professional training degree for the student with an undergraduate degree in the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, engineering, or management. This program prepares students for further graduate work in the field, or careers in technical consulting, engineering, and environmental sciences, as well as a multitude of different jobs in the private sector and governmental agencies in resource management and environmental protection.

Course Requirements

At least 10 courses (40 credits) must be completed. In the case of curriculum deficiencies, additional coursework without credit will be required for the degree. Course requirements are as follows.

Core Courses

  • CAS GE 510: Physical Principles of the Environment—Students with extensive backgrounds in physical environmental principles may select a more specialized course in biology, engineering, geography, or geology.
  • CAS GE 519: Energy, Society, and the Environment
  • GRS GE 625: United States Environmental Policy or GRS GE 660: Resource Economics and Policy
  • A course in quantitative analysis is required. The specific course, selected with the approval of an advisor, depends on the background of the student.

Interdisciplinary Breadth Requirement

The breadth requirement consists of two courses, one from each of the following groups. Approved courses for each group can be found on the department website. Any classes taken to fulfill a required core class cannot fulfill the breadth requirement.

  • Theory and Concepts
  • Modeling and Analysis

Concentration Courses

Four courses in a concentration are chosen with the consent of an advisor. One of these courses can be an environmental internship in an appropriate public, private, or nonprofit organization (see more information under Internship below). Concentration topics and associated courses can be found on the department website.

Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement for this degree.


Students who choose the internship in an appropriate public, private, or nonprofit organization to fulfill one of the four required concentration courses are required to complete an oral or written summary of their work experience. The registration for the internship is GRS GE 902: Student Internship.