MA in International Relations & Environmental Policy
The management of natural resources and the resolution of environmental issues are increasingly important factors in determining the course of international relations. Competition for natural resources and efforts to control that competition are shaped largely by the geographical distribution of resources and by those who consume them. Environmental problems cross borders. This unique 12-course joint degree program offers students an opportunity to combine study in international relations and environmental science. Students divide their coursework between the Department of International Relations (IR) and the Center for Energy & Environmental Studies (CEES).
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.
CEES Core Course Requirement
Students are required to take a total of four classes. All students take CAS IR/GE 594 International Environmental Policy. Additionally, students select one course from three of the four categories listed below.
- Group A: CAS GE 505 Geographic Information Systems, GE 516 Multivariate Analysis for Geographers, GE 712 Regional Energy Modeling, or MA 684 Applied Multiple Regression and Multivariable Methods
- Group B: CAS GE 510 Physical Principles of the Environment
- Group C: CAS GE 519 Energy, Society, and the Environment
- Group D: CAS GE 625 Environmental Policy Analysis and Modeling or GE 660 Resource Economics
CEES Elective Courses
Students are required to complete two approved elective courses from the CEES course offerings. For a list of these courses, please see the Center for Energy & Environmental Studies section of this website.
IR Elective Courses
Students are required to complete two approved IR elective courses for a total of 8 IR elective credits.