MA in International Relations & Environmental Policy
The management of natural resources and the resolution of environmental conflicts are increasingly important factors in determining the course of international relations. The International Relations & Environmental Policy (IREP) joint degree program offers students a dynamic opportunity to explore the intersection of international affairs and environmental issues through combined study in international relations and environmental science. Students divide their coursework between the Department of International Relations (IR) and the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies (CEES). The joint core class of the program teaches students about international environmental negotiation, while coursework in CEES provides students with training in a variety of environmental issues. On the IR side, students can choose to develop regional or thematic expertise that complements their environmental studies.
NOTE: The following explicates the requirements applicable only to the MA in International Relations & Environmental Policy program. Students should first consult the International Relations MA Core Requirements portion of this Bulletin for detailed requirements applicable to all IR MA programs.
Students are required to complete all of the International Relations Core MA Requirements, as described here. Students must complete an additional nine courses (36 credits) for a degree total of 12 courses (48 credits). Of these nine additional courses, one is a jointly offered requirement, five are taken through CEES, two through the IR Department, and the final course may be taken either through CEES or IR.
Joint Core Requirement
All students take CAS IR/GE 594 Global Environmental Negotiation and Policy.
CEES Core Course Requirement
Students are required to take one course from three of the following four groups:
- CAS GE 505 Geographic Information Systems
- CAS GE 516 Multivariate Analysis for Geographers
- CAS MA 684 Applied Multiple Regression and Multivariable Methods
- GRS GE 712 Regional Energy Modeling
- CAS GE 510 Physical Principles of the Environment
- CAS GE 519 Energy, Society, and the Environment
- GRS GE 625 United States Environmental Policy
- GRS GE 660 Resource Economics and Policy
CEES Elective Courses
Students are required to complete two approved elective courses from the CEES graduate level course offerings for a total of eight CEES elective credits. For a list of these courses, please see the Center for Energy & Environmental Studies website.
IR Elective Courses
Students complete two IR electives for a total of 8 IR elective credits. All graduate level IR course offerings are eligible to fulfill this requirement, in addition to offerings from other departments which have been pre-approved. See the International Relations MA Core Requirements portion of this bulletin for more information.
Free Elective—IR or CEES
Students select a fifth elective course that may be taken from either IR or CEES course offerings