Master of Arts in Environmental Resource Policy

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Multidisciplinary Curriculum

ENRP offers a multidisciplinary curriculum that includes environmental economics, environmental law, public policy, research methods and a two-semester environmental science course. This STEM program teaches you to build policy on science-based evidence, an appreciation of economic incentives and a clear-eyed understanding of environmental law and politics.

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Practical and Theoretical

Blend theory and practical experience with a professional, client-oriented capstone project, academic credit for relevant internships and research and a wide range of DC-based internship opportunities. ractice applying classroom concepts to real-world environmental policy issues and gain professional experience working in a group on an important environmental policy topic.

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A Location that Connects

Customize your curriculum around a set of eight required courses, with four electives in virtually any GW Department, as well as at Consortium Schools including American University, George Mason University and Georgetown University.  While a student, you can work or participate in internships at some of the most respected environmental think tanks, agencies and activist organizations.



Graduate Virtual Open House



Graduate Virtual Open House: October 18–28

Registration is open for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) Graduate Virtual Open House! The online event includes program-specific information sessions and opportunities to engage with current graduate students, faculty and our admissions team.

The Trachtenberg School is hosting information sessions for prospective graduate students on Tuesday, October 19, and Wednesday, October 20.



The Environmental Resource Policy (MA-ENRP) Program at the Trachtenberg School offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies. This STEM Master of Arts program prepares you to enter environmental policy careers in government, nonprofit organizations, the private sector and environmental advocacy groups.

You can earn your MA-ENRP degree in 36 credit hours. Full-time students typically complete the MA-ENRP in two years. Part-time students complete the degree in three to four years.

The MA-ENRP program is available at the George Washington University's main campus in downtown Washington, DC. It is not available as a distance-learning program.


The MA-ENRP Curriculum

The MA-ENRP consists of  36credit hours. Students complete a common core and select elective coursework in a field of study tailored to their unique interests and career objectives.

Core Course Requirements

You'll begin the program by taking a specialized two semester course in Environmental Sciences, which provides a solid grounding in the scientific side of environmental and resource policy. You will finish the program by completing a Capstone project, which provides an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to conduct research as part of a small team. 

Other core requirements provide the broad intellectual base and tools necessary for making multidisciplinary environmental and resource decisions. If you feel that your prior undergraduate coursework duplicates one of the core requirements, you may seek a waiver of the requirement.  If approved, an elective course can be taken instead. All core courses and most electives are three credits.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

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.

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
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.

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