Prepare for success in a changing, challenging field.
Drawing knowledge from natural and social sciences, humanities, engineering, and more, the Professional MS in Energy & Environment unlocks the door to a career that leaves a mark on the world. Our graduates shape environmental policy and planning, excel at energy analysis and environmental consulting, and expand the reach of nongovernmental organizations. Students with a wide variety of backgrounds, from engineering to international relations, find our master’s program ideal for acquiring the high-demand skills necessary for careers in energy and the environment. Our world-renowned faculty equip you with the computer skills, quantitative techniques, and modeling tools you will need to succeed.
Degree Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of (a) one or more current energy and/or environmental issues along multiple dimensions (resources, technologies, and markets), and their relationship of these dimensions to (b) fundamental concepts from economics and other social science disciplines (e.g., political science/international relations, or law), and (c) fundamental concepts from natural science
- Demonstrate knowledge of quantitative and qualitative theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches used to analyze environmental problems and understand the effectiveness of policy interventions
- Quantitatively analyze data and perform simulation modeling to characterize the impacts of energy and environmental policies on human systems
- Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, concepts in the natural and social sciences as they relate to environmental issues, and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the broader societal consequences of one or more environmental problems and policies
- Apply analytical techniques from statistics, spatial science, and economics to solve qualitative and quantitative problems in the design and implementation of policies to address environmental issues
The MS in Energy & Environment comprises eight courses or 32 credits: six core courses and two elective courses that are chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.
Core Courses (6 courses)
- EE 516 Multivariate Analysis for Geographers
- EE 519 Energy, Society, & the Environment or EE 560 Energy Transitions
- EE 555 World Oil Markets or QST PL 852 Electricity Markets
- EE 545 (previously EE 620) Methods of Environmental Policy Analysis
- EE 660 Food, Energy, & Water Policy or EE 528 (previously EE 625) US Environmental Policy
- EE 712 Regional Energy Modeling or EE 509 Applied Environmental Statistics
Students with extensive backgrounds in statistics may, with permission of the program director, select a more specialized course than EE 516.
Elective Courses (2 courses)
- EE 509 Applied Environmental Statistics (if not taken as Core)
- EE 522 The Development of Sustainable Environmental Responsibility
- EE 524 Environmental Justice
- EE 531 Risk Assessment
- EE 536 European Environmental Policy
- EE 540 Air Pollution & Global Change
- EE 560 Energy Transitions
- EE 598 Key Debates & Emerging Research in Land Change Science
- EE 594 Global Environmental Negotiation & Policy
- EE 597 Sustainable Development in Latin America
- EE 599 Science, Politics, & Change
- EE 600 Environment & Development: A Political Ecology Approach
- EE 528 (previously EE 625) US Environmental Policy
- EE 656 Terrestrial Ecosystems & the Carbon Cycle
- EE 675 Urban Ecology
- EE 805 Spatial Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- IR 573 Introduction to Public International Law
- BI 648 Biodiversity & Conservation Biology
- MA 684 Applied Multiple Regression & Multivariable Methods
- SE 543 Sustainable Power Systems: Planning, Operation & Markets
- EK 546 Assessment of Sustainable Energy Technologies
Alumni Career Paths
Consultants utilize their skills and expertise to provide specialized knowledge for clients who need to solve specific problems. They can work as independent contractors or in large firms and typically work on a variety of projects for both private and public clients. A consultant might assist the EPA in formulating rules for power plant operations, help a rural community government determine how to manage water resources, analyze the impacts of a toxic waste site, develop environmental impact assessments for private firms, or help an energy firm better predict future electricity demand. Our alumni work at industry-leading consulting firms:
- The Cadmus Group
- McKinsey and Company
- EBI Consulting
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Synapse Energy Economics
Nonprofits and NGOs
Alumni at nonprofit organizations and other nongovernmental organizations work to address environmental and sustainability challenges from the local to the global levels. These organizations aim to fill gaps left by private firms and governments to solve otherwise unmet needs. Our alumni have built careers at a variety of notable organizations:
- The World Bank
- Earthwatch Institute
- The Nature Conservancy
- Union of Concerned Scientists
- Natural Resources Defense Council
- Global Brigades
Many of our alumni have found positions working in government at all levels, both as researchers and policymakers. Our alumni have shaped environmental policy and helped answer pressing environmental questions with a number of governmental bodies:
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- US General Services Administration
- Louisville Sustainability Council
- New Jersey Water Supply Authority
- Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- New York City Emergency Management Department
- Maryland Transit Administration
Many of our alumni have gone on to work at both small and large private firms that conduct a wide range of business. Some of these firms provide specialized geospatial, environmental, or energy services, but many of our alumni have found the skills and knowledge gained in the Department of Earth & Environment to be valuable in private firms that do work in areas as diverse as finance and digital media:
- Personal Statement
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- Transcripts (all institutions of higher education you have attended)
- Test scores (GREs for every applicant, TOEFL scores for international students)
- $1,000 deposit due May 1, 2021
A foundation in statistics, calculus, and microeconomics is strongly recommended.
Please visit our master’s programs admissions page for more details on required application materials and testing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a minimum requirement for my GPA or GRE score?
No. In reviewing applications, the Department takes into consideration all aspects of your academic and professional experience.
Is there a minimum requirement for my TOEFL score?
No, but students who are most competitive for admission will have a composite score of at least 90-100 and minimum scores of 20 in each section.
Is there a minimum requirement for my IELTS score?
No, but students who are most competitive for admission will have a total/overall score of 7 or higher.
Is this a STEM-designated program for international students?
Yes! The program qualifies as STEM, according to the code listed on your visa (https://www.ice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Document/2016/stem-list.pdf).
Is the program intended for working professionals or is it suited to students coming out of undergraduate study?
Both! The majority of our students pursue the Master’s early in their career, and many enroll right after receiving their Bachelor’s. We do have students who work professionally full-time and pursue the degree part-time.
Is there a thesis?
There is no thesis to complete the degree.
What is your acceptance rate?
Boston University is selective in its recruitment and in encouraging prospective students to apply; for that reason, admission rates in the program are quite high.
Do graduates get jobs?
Yes! Since 2016, more than 83% of our students have found employment in the field immediately after graduating.
Is there financial aid available?
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Is there an open house or information session I can attend?
The Department doesn’t hold regular open houses or info sessions, but prospective students are welcome to visit the Department, sit in on classes and other activities, and meet faculty. Contact Matt DiCintio, Graduate Program Coordinator, if you want to come see us. The Graduate School hosts virtual sessions about BU.