Combined BA/MA in Environmental Studies/Policy

The Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) Program offers a combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (BAMA) program that allows qualified GW undergraduate students in the Environmental Studies program to take up to 12 ENRP graduate-level credits and apply them to both their B.A. and ENRP M.A. degrees. After completing the B.A., students will be able to earn their master's degree by completing only one additional full academic year (summer, fall, and spring semesters) of study. 

Requirements for BA in Environmental Studies/MA-ENRP

This combined degree program includes the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs (36 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses).

Required

ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources

ENRP 6101Environmental Sciences I: Physical Sciences

ENRP 6102Environmental Sciences II: Life Sciences

PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics

PPPA 6006Policy Analysis

PPPA 6007Microeconomics for Public Policy I

PPPA 6140Introduction to Environmental Law

PPPA 6198Environmental Resource Policy Capstone

Electives

12 credits of approved elective drawn from a number of departments throughout the University.

Students who previously completed required courses may be allowed to substitute additional elective courses with program approval. Students may substitute PPPA 6017, PPPA 6014, or Econ 6217 for PPPA 6007.

Course Waivers:

*Students who have done significant undergraduate coursework relevant to environmental sciences may be able to waive ENRP 6101 and ENRP 6102.  If you believe this situation applies to you, contact ENRP's Director, Peter Linquiti, to discuss further.

**Students who have done significant undergraduate coursework in applied statistics may be able to take PPPA 6013, Econometrics for Policy Research I (spring), instead of PPPA 6002. If you believe this situation applies to you, contact ENRP's Director, Peter Linquiti, to discuss further.

***Students who have done significant undergraduate coursework in economics may be able to take PPPA 6015, Benefit-Cost Analysis (fall or spring), instead of ECON 6217. If you believe this situation applies to you, contact ENRP's Director, Peter Linquiti, to discuss further.

Application 

To be eligible to apply, you must have completed 75 undergraduate credits. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or above in Environmental Studies courses or a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above. Applicants are not required to take the GRE.

You may submit an application any time after grades are posted for the semester in which you reach the threshold 75 undergraduate credits. We review applications on a continuing basis with a preferred deadline of April 1 for summer and fall admissions, and October 1 for spring admissions. However, strong applicants will be considered at any time. Whenever you submit your application, we will return a decision within one month, and often much more quickly.

Note that to complete the degree within one calendar year of completion of the B.A., you will have to take six credits during summer sessions. Contact Lindsey Duble-Dice to discuss options. 

To apply, submit the required materials to Lindsey Duble-Dice, the Trachtenberg School's Director of Admissions and Recruitment, by April 1 (for summer and fall admission) or October 1 (for spring admission):

  • A completed copy of the Combined Degree Application form, including the signature of your Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). This form can be downloaded from the Columbian College Combined Degree Website.
  • Statement of purpose (500 words) describing your intellectual interests and academic and professional goals.
  • Full transcripts of all undergraduate coursework (unofficial transcript of courses completed at GWU accepted).
  • Recommendation letter written by a professor who instructs one of the courses required for the Environmental Studies major or the Director of the Environmental Studies program who can provide an informed assessment of the applicant’s work. The recommender should send this letter directly to the Director of Admissions and Recruitment
  • Interview with the ENRP Program Director.

We realize that some students may reach senior year out of sync with the standard 4-year program. We will work with you to develop a program of study that meets your circumstances.