Master of Arts Environmental Resource Policy

The MA in Environmental Resource Policy Program requires 36 semester hours of appropriate graduate level course work. Course work usually takes four semesters to complete on a full-time basis, and six to eight semesters on a part-time basis. Course work is divided into 24 hours of core requirements (eight courses) and 12 hours of electives (typically four courses). See the University Bulletin for prerequisites and course requirements.

Core Course Requirements

Elective Course Requirements

Recommended Course Sequencing

Student Handbook


ENRP has partnered with GW's Geography Department to offer our MA students the opportunity to earn a Graduate Certificate in geographical information systems.  To do so, students can use all four of their electives toward the GIS Certificate. No additional coursework is necessary; all 12 credits are counted towards both the MA and the Certificate. Learn more about the Certificate.

Got questions beyond what you're finding on the website? Contact our admissions team at [email protected] or Lindsey Duble-Dice, Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment.

Three Options: Which Degree is Best for You?

Students in the Trachtenberg School can earn a Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public Policy (MPP) or Master of Arts in Environmental Resource Policy (MA-ENRP).

All three degrees are strong, valuable, recognized degrees. At GW, the basic structures (and amount of coursework) are almost identical between them. The Trachtenberg School is one of only a few schools to have both an MPA and MPP accredited by NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.  

However, the degrees do have distinctions in terms of the course emphases. Learn more and decide which degree is best for you.


Apply Now Button Applications for Summer or Fall entry are due on January 15 for those seeking fellowships, and February 1 otherwise. Applications for Spring entry are due on October 1. Applications for Certificate programs are due November 1 for spring entry and July 1 for fall entry.