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Change the world with the Master of Environmental Studies program. The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program at the University of Pennsylvania helps you translate your passion for the environment into a fulfilling career. Read more
Change the world with the Master of Environmental Studies program
The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program at the University of Pennsylvania helps you translate your passion for the environment into a fulfilling career. The program offers you a rigorous academic grounding in environmental science and exceptional opportunities to conduct research in the field. In addition, you gain the professional networks and individualized professional development you need to excel in your work, whether as a researcher, policy advocate, teacher or business executive.

The Master of Environmental Studies program provides an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment. Built with flexibility in mind, you can choose from a variety of concentrations or create your own path to suit your interests, experience and goals, all with the guidance of our world-class faculty and built upon the foundation of Ivy League science courses. You will gain the breadth of knowledge necessary to address complex issues in the environment, while also developing the depth of expertise required to become a successful environmental professional.

Where theory meets practice
Our students don’t wait until they leave the program to start making a difference. The heart of the Master of Environmental Studies program is the passion of our students and faculty to create change in the world, from helping to conserve endangered species to implementing energy-efficient policies at the local and national levels. Many of our distinguished professors also influence professional practice outside the University, bringing their experience and broad networks from the worlds of policy, business and consulting into the classroom.

From the beginning of the program, your education occurs both in the classroom and in the field. Our faculty and staff work one-on-one with you to connect you with relevant, engaging internships and fieldwork opportunities that give you hands-on experience in the field of your choice.

Designed for practicing and aspiring environmental professionals
The Master of Environmental Studies program is designed to encourage your ongoing professional contributions and career development while you earn your degree. Many of our students find meaningful ways to blend their academic and current professional experiences throughout the program, by partnering with faculty to design projects and research experiences that tackle real-world challenges from their workplace.

We provide you with a rigorous, elite educational experience that you can access part time and in the evenings while you continue to work. Full-time students can earn the 12-course degree in two years, while part-time students finish in between two and four years, depending on their course load each semester.

Connect with us today
The Penn Master of Environmental Studies program is built upon the strong personal connections between students, teachers and program staff. We welcome you to give us a call with any questions you may have, or meet with us in person on campus.

Courses and Curriculum

Tailor your curriculum to your interests
The Master of Environmental Studies program provides you with the knowledge base you need to understand complex environmental issues — and allows you the flexibility to develop unique expertise and professional experience in the field of your choice. Penn’s degree is exceptional among environmental studies programs for the breadth of options it offers. With the help of a dedicated academic advisor, you create a curriculum suited precisely to your interests.

At the beginning of your studies, you will be assigned an academic advisor to help you through the course selection process. Together, you’ll determine which skills you hope to develop and which academic and internship experiences match your goals. Not only will you sample a broad range of courses in your first year to aid you in narrowing your focus, but we also provide resources — such as professional development retreats, alumni talks and more — to help you find the path that’s best for you.

As a Master of Environmental Studies student, you’ll complete 12 course units (c.u.)* that reflect our balance between core learning and individual exploration. Your course of study includes the following elements (you can read about each curricular element in further depth below):

The Proseminar: Contemporary Issues in Environmental Studies (1 c.u)
Research Methods course (1 c.u.)
Foundation courses (4 c.u.)
Professional concentration courses (5 c.u.)
Capstone project (1 c.u.)
The Proseminar: Contemporary Issues in Environmental Studies (1 c.u.)

This course reviews the key sciences fundamental to an interdisciplinary study of the environment: biology, geology, chemistry and physics. It takes a systems approach to the environment with a look at the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere and the intersection of humans with each. This required course also acquaints students with issues, debates and current opinions in the study of the environment. Different styles of writing, from white papers to blogs, will be assigned throughout the semester.

Research Methods course (1 c.u.)
Designing research is a key building block of the Master of Environmental Studies program. The research methods course prepares students to ask, and confidently answer, the innovative questions they will pose in their capstone projects. The requirement can be fulfilled by taking a methodology course that provides students with the data gathering and analysis skills they’ll use to begin their research projects.

Foundation courses (4 c.u.)
At both the local and international scale, issues such as climate change, diminishing natural resources, water access, energy security, low-level toxins and habitat destruction all require not only the best science available, but the ability to integrate this knowledge to make decisions even when considerable uncertainties exist.

Environmental challenges are complex, and their solutions never come from just one sector of society. We believe that in order to become a leading problem-solver in the environmental arena, you need to be able to draw connections between many disciplines.

Foundation courses help broaden your knowledge in areas outside of your chosen concentration, and complement your chosen field. For example, if you are studying sustainability, your foundation course credits are an opportunity to learn about environmental law and policy, or become versed in business, which will be necessary while working in the sustainability sector. Foundation courses allow you to speak the language of many different sectors, and offer the opportunity to discover unexpected synergies and resonances in fields beyond your own. Your academic advisor will consult with you as you choose your courses from areas such as:

Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Biology
Environmental Geology
Environmental Law
Environmental Policy
Environmental Business
Professional concentration courses (5 c.u.)
While foundation courses give you a broad understanding of environmental issues, your professional concentration courses let you develop the expertise you need to pursue a career in your chosen field.

Concentration courses may be taken in any of the 12 graduate Schools at the University (School of Engineering and Applied Science, Graduate School of Education, School of Design, School of Social Policy & Practice, The Wharton School of Business, Penn Law, etc.). Your advisor will help you select courses that best fit your goals and skills gaps.

You may choose from the following concentrations:

Environmental Advocacy & Education
Environmental Biology
Environmental Policy
Environmental Sustainability
Resource Management
Urban Environment
If your professional aspirations are not reflected in one of the above concentrations, you can develop an Individualized concentration in conjunction with your faculty advisor and with the approval of the Faculty Advisory Committee.

Capstone project (1 c.u.)

The capstone project is a distinguishing feature of the Master of Environmental Studies program, blending academic and professional experiences and serving as the culmination of your work in the program. You will design a project drawing from your learning in and outside the classroom to demonstrate mastery of your concentration area.

During your first year, your academic advisor will help you choose a topic for your capstone project. Once you’ve done so, you’ll seek out two readers for your capstone. These can be faculty members or professionals in a relevant field. The readers serve as advisors and mentors, and our students frequently find their first jobs after graduation as a result of the connections they make during the capstone process.

The capstone projects themselves vary widely, from research papers to videos, business plans, photojournals and websites. However, all projects demonstrate students’ ability to:

Define a research question
Design a protocol to address this question
Acquire the data necessary to clarify, if not resolve, the question
Critically assess the quality of the data acquired
Draw defensible conclusions from those data
Communicate this process and conclusions to professional colleagues with clarity and precision
Time frame

Master of Environmental Studies students may enroll on either a part-time or full-time basis. Your time to graduation will vary depending on how many classes you take each semester and whether you take summer classes. Full-time students can complete the program in two years, taking three or four classes per semester. Part-time students typically complete their work in four years, taking one or two classes per semester. Individuals working full time are advised to take no more than two courses per term.

Transferring graduate credits

Incoming students may petition to transfer up to two graduate-level credits from classes completed prior to their admission at Penn. Students seeking transfer credit should fill out a form after they matriculate into the program, along with an official transcript, to the Program Director before the end of their first semester at Penn. A transfer credit form is available on the program’s Blackboard site, which is accessible to current students only. Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the faculty advisory committee.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). Generally, a 1 c.u. course at Penn is equivalent to a three or four semester hour course elsewhere. In general, the average course offered at Penn is listed as being worth 1 c.u.; courses that include a lecture and a lab are often worth 1.5 c.u.

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Habitat loss, global climate change, water and air pollution, ozone depletion, species invasions, loss of biodiversity, and the accumulation of toxic wastes are among the many environmental dilemmas our society faces. Read more

Program overview

Habitat loss, global climate change, water and air pollution, ozone depletion, species invasions, loss of biodiversity, and the accumulation of toxic wastes are among the many environmental dilemmas our society faces. These complex problems pit environmental limits against economic development, diverse cultures, ethics, values, and social stability and therefore require an understanding of science, policy, society, history, and economics. Environmental scientists must use integrated and holistic approaches to understand and find sustainable solutions to these problems. Graduates of the environmental science program are well prepared for a variety of environmental careers including consulting, research, policy, and outreach, or further graduate work towards a doctoral degree.

Plan of study

Built on the concept that environmental issues are inherently interdisciplinary, the program is offered in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts. The curriculum provides students with a deep understanding of the science behind our environmental problems, the complex set of circumstances that impact environmental issues, and how environmental decisions and policies must attempt to find a balance between environmental conservation, human well-being, and economic development. Students augment their hands-on classroom work with in-depth experiential learning through an individual thesis or project that provides students with the chance to work on real-world environmental problems under the guidance of skilled environmental scientists. The program includes a core curriculum and electives chosen to reflect the student’s background and career goals. A minimum of 34 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree is required. All students must propose, conduct, and report on an original research thesis or project.

Curriculum

Course sequence differs according to thesis/project option, see website for a particular option's modules
http://www.rit.edu/programs/environmental-science-ms

Other admission requirements

-Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
-Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (overall and in science/math).
-Submit a statement outlining the candidate's research/project interests, career goals, and suitability to the program.
-Submit three letters of recommendation, and complete a graduate application.
-International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 600 (paper-based) is required. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. Minimum scores will vary; however, the absolute minimum score required for unconditional acceptance is 7.0. For additional information about the IELTS, please visit http://www.ielts.org.
-The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended but not required for applicants with an undergraduate degree from a US institution.The GRE is required for International applicants.
-Students are strongly encouraged to contact program faculty before applying to discuss thesis topics and research projects. Students will be matched with a potential thesis advisor at the time of admission.

Additional information

Facilities and equipment:
The program provides a wide range of research opportunities. Many faculty members are engaged in field-based projects and the college boasts excellent laboratory facilities that support field research, including wet laboratories and computer facilities (traditional and geographic information systems). For a list of past and present projects, and faculty research interests, please visit the program website.

Monitoring, mapping, and field equipment:
ArcGIS and IDRISI GIS software, ENVS and ERDAS Remote Sensing software, Garmin and Trimble GPS receivers, soil sampling and analysis equipment, water sampling devices, multisonde water quality probes and dissolved oxygen meters, SCT meter, ponar dredges, Li-Cor light meter, plankton samplers, macroinvertebrate nets/samplers, and a library of field reference texts.

Other equipment:
Fluorimeter, Raman Spectrometer, UV-Vis-IR, GC-MS, ICP, atomic absorption, polarimeter, centrifuge, electrochemical equipment, gas chromatographs, HPLC, viscometer, ESR (built in-house), confocal microscope, infrared carbon dioxide analyzer, Unisense microelectrode system, Lachat autoanalyzer, incubators, capillary electrophoresis, DSCs, DMA, NMR, drying oven, Wiley mill.

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The Bard CEP curriculum integrates the core disciplines of science, policy, law, and economics into a consistent and comprehensive first year of graduate course work. Read more
The Bard CEP curriculum integrates the core disciplines of science, policy, law, and economics into a consistent and comprehensive first year of graduate course work. Through close collaboration with faculty and an innovative program of study, students learn to think across disciplines to understand the complexities of today’s environmental problems and challenges. Courses delve simultaneously into curricular themes to provide students with a deep understanding of the issues from multiple perspectives and at the same time highlight linkages and divisions across disciplines. This holistic approach to learning illuminates integral connections between the social world and the physical sciences, and encourages students to incorporate various perspectives and ideologies into their work.

Program Structure

The first-year courses link natural ecosystems and their functioning to the impact of socioeconomic activities, and to the political, institutional, and legislative responses that address environmental problems. Courses emphasize analytical frameworks and basic principles through examples and case studies. Joint class sessions, field trips, guest lectures, and conferences expose students to the critical issues and contemporary practices of environmental policy. The curricula’s structure provides the context for the courses and enables students to examine in an integrated, comprehensive, and realistic manner one particular environmental area at a time.

Environmental policy professionals must be able to communicate their knowledge clearly and effectively through the spoken and written word as well as with images, data, and figures. The courses emphasize various modes of communication and persuasion through writing exercises as well as group presentations. Regional and international implications of “local” environmental problems are explored. Special emphasis is given to the problem of translating scientific knowledge into workable policies. Students learn how scientific knowledge applies to environmental issues and explore the difficulty of policy making under conditions of risk, scientific uncertainty, and incomplete information. Courses in economics, law, and policy provide a basis for exploring how society has responded to changing environmental conditions. The policy tools that are used to address these conditions, including laws, regulations, market-based instruments, and voluntary agreements, are shaped by a variety of political, cultural, and ethical forces. Students analyze how these factors come together to influence the policy-making process. They also analyze how the tools can be applied locally, regionally, and globally to influence behavior, achieve or go beyond compliance, and manage change for preservation of natural resources and environmental protection.

You can find more details about the individual courses here: http://www.bard.edu/cep/program/ms-environmental/

Funding and Scholarships

Bard CEP offers financial assistance in the form of fellowships, project assistantships, campus employment, and student loans. Financial aid is awarded each year on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and available funding. Awards are made without regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, age, marital status, religion, ethnic or national origin, or handicapping conditions. Financial aid awards are not automatically renewed. Students wishing to reapply for fellowships and loans should submit their materials according to the deadlines for returning students below.

You can find more information about all the funding and support available here: http://www.bard.edu/cep/admission/financialaid/

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The MSEM/MBA dual degree program is designed for students interested in developing skills in both business and environmental management. Read more
The MSEM/MBA dual degree program is designed for students interested in developing skills in both business and environmental management. Awarded by the USF College of Arts and Sciences and the USF School of Management, the program provides a cost and time savings of 12 units across the two degrees.

• Separate admission to each school is required
• Students may begin either program first or begin the programs concurrently.

Format

Environmental Management / MBA students complete the MBA program in either a Full-Time MBA cohort or Part-Time MBA cohort. Six units of MBA electives are waived for students in either program. 

Curriculum

For a sample of the full-time curriculum, please see website:

https://dgfmssnschws7.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/pdfs/usf_ft_mba_environmental_management_dual_degree_example_schedule.pdf

For a sample of the part-time curriculum, please see website:

https://dgfmssnschws7.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/pdfs/usf_pt_mba_environmental_management_dual_degree_example_schedule.pdf

Why should I pursue the Environmental Management / MBA dual degree?

Graduates of the MSEM/MBA dual degree program have a solid background in environmental management and business. The program integrates environmental strategy, sustainability, and business management to cultivate the next generation of business leaders and environmental managers. The graduates go on to careers in consulting, government agencies, the non-profit sector, as well as the industry.

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The M.S. in Environmental Management / MBA program is designed to prepare you for leadership in the fast-growing environmental marketplace. Read more
The M.S. in Environmental Management / MBA program is designed to prepare you for leadership in the fast-growing environmental marketplace.

Awarded by the USF College of Arts and Sciences and the USF School of Management, the Environmental Management / MBA program provides a cost and time savings of up to 12 units.

- Separate admission to each school is required
- Students may begin either program first or begin the programs concurrently.

Graduates of the MSEM/MBA dual degree program have a solid background in environmental management and business. The program integrates environmental strategy, sustainability, and business management to cultivate the next generation of business leaders and environmental managers. The graduates go on to careers in consulting, government agencies, the non-profit sector, as well as the industry.

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USF’s Master of Science in Environmental Management (MSEM) trains students for careers in environmental agencies, consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations. Read more
USF’s Master of Science in Environmental Management (MSEM) trains students for careers in environmental agencies, consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations. Incorporating a comprehensive mix of science and policy courses, our program gives students the background they need to develop solutions to environmental problems.

Program Highlights

Alumni Network — With over 1,000 alumni, students in our program will join a vast network of support.

Faculty — Our distinguished faculty and advisors comprise both full-time researchers and leading practitioners in the environmental field.

Accommodating Schedule — With classes held on Saturday and in the evening, our program accommodates the needs of working professionals.

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Binghamton University offers an innovative master’s program in Sustainable Communities. This program reflects vital community needs for collaborative policies, processes and relationships. Read more
Binghamton University offers an innovative master’s program in Sustainable Communities. This program reflects vital community needs for collaborative policies, processes and relationships. The lively curriculum spans several disciplines, including geography, public administration and environmental studies. Students can pursue a natural science/ecological perspective or a social/policy-based track. All students receive both theoretical and practical training focused on improving quality of life by integrating economic, social, and ecological issues and strategies.

Binghamton University prides itself on producing research that has practical impacts on the local community. Faculty and students in this program are encouraged to work in tangent on research projects that integrate theories and methods to address real-world problems. Students are also encouraged to collaborate with faculty across the University to support the development of interdisciplinary and methodologically rigorous research on multifaceted issues. The city of Binghamton’s location in upstate New York provides a unique research perspective for students interested in studying both urban and rural communities. Students can also take advantage of the University’s close ties with community leaders and local businesses to supplement their field studies and gain experience working with diverse groups of citizens.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university which you attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Professional writing sample or essay of 500-800 words on a relevant topic
- GRE scores are not required but are welcomed

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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Students work closely with their graduate advisor and supervisory committee to define an appropriate plan of study that meets all degree requirements, including any prerequisite or preparatory work and a specified set of core courses. Read more
Students work closely with their graduate advisor and supervisory committee to define an appropriate plan of study that meets all degree requirements, including any prerequisite or preparatory work and a specified set of core courses.

Visit the website http://cce.eng.ua.edu/graduate/ms-program/engineering-environmental/

Research Thesis Option (Plan I)

The thesis option is a research-focused program, which includes conducting original research, writing a research thesis, and defending the thesis to the student’s graduate supervisory committee. The research thesis option degree requirements are as follows:

A minimum of 30 credit hours, including

21 credit hours of approved coursework, including
- 9 credit hours of core graduate coursework
(See later section for additional information regarding the graduate core)

- A maximum of 6 hours of approved 400-level courses
(Use Graduate School’s “Approval of 400-Level Cours for Master’s Credit” form)

- A minimum of 15 hours of CE-prefix courses
(See Appendix I for a schedule for all CE-prefix courses offered by the department)

3 hours of CE 593 or CE 693 Practicum
- Taken with permission under the supervision of the student’s graduate advisor
(See later section for additional information regarding Practicum)

6 hours of CE 599 Thesis Research
- Taken with permission under the supervision of the student’s graduate advisor
- The graduate advisor must be a full member of the department’s graduate faculty
- Once taken, CE 599 must be taken every term until graduation

Paper/Report Option (Plan II)

The paper/report, or non-thesis, option requires a research paper, a policy and practice paper, or equivalent culminating experience, which is graded by the student’s graduate advisor. The paper/report option requirements are as follows:

A minimum of 30 credit hours, including

27 credit hours of approved coursework
- 9 credit hours of core graduate coursework
(See later section for additional information regarding the graduate core.)

- A maximum of 6 hours of approved 400-level courses
(Use Graduate School’s “Approval of 400-Level Course for Master’s Credit” form.)

- A maximum of 3 hours of CE 593 or CE 693 Practicum
(See later section for additional information regarding Practicum.)

- A minimum of 18 hours of CE-prefix courses
(See Appendix I for a schedule for all CE-prefix courses offered by the department.)

3 credit hours of CE 501 Masters Capstone Project – Plan II
- Taken with permission under the direction of the student’s graduate advisor

- The graduate advisor must be a full member of the department’s graduate faculty

- Requires completion a research paper, a policy and practice paper, or equivalent report with the topic, scope, and format preapproved by the student’s advisor

- Must be taken the semester the student plans to graduate

EWR Core Course

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Core Coursework (MSCivE, MSEnvE, Ph.D.):

CE 573 Statistical Applications in Civil Engineering
CE 575 Hydrology
CE 626 Physical and Chemical Processes

Additional Course Requirements for Students Without an ABET/EAC-Accredited Degree

AEM 201, AEM 264, AEM 250, AEM 311

Notes

- University Scholars (BS/MS) students are allowed 9 credit hours of coursework to double count between the BS and MS degrees.

- Students on graduate assistantships must register for a minimum of 1 credit hour of CE 593 each semester they are supported.

- Only 400-level courses without 500-level counterparts are allowed and must be approved prior to taking the class.

- Students are responsible for all forms and must route all forms through the Department prior to submission to the Graduate School.

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

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Thank you for your interest in the University of Alabama’s marine science program Tuscaloosa is located inland, about a 4 hour drive to the coast. Read more
Thank you for your interest in the University of Alabama’s marine science program Tuscaloosa is located inland, about a 4 hour drive to the coast.

We offer a dual degree program, in biology (or geology or chemistry) and marine science, that requires our students to spend several summers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, located just south of Mobile (please check out the website at http://www.disl.org/).

This program allows our students to work on a biology degree here on main campus during the academic year, where the bulk of our courses are geared toward freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, and then spend time in highly intensive, hands-on marine science courses during the summers.

This schedule permits the students to complete their general requirements (e.g., general chemistry, math, geology) as well as the university’s required core courses for graduation at main campus with the maximum of options.

In order to fulfill the requirements of our marine science program, students take 2 semesters of general chemistry, geology, and physics, and a single semester of statistics on main campus.

Required marine science classes at the sea lab include:

Marine Biology,
Marine Geology,
Oceanography,
Marine Technical Methods, and
an Elective.


These courses are in addition to the liberal arts core curriculum designated by the university and the requirements of the chosen co-major. With two summers of marine science courses at Dauphin Island Sea Lab and a realistic load of classes each semester, graduation in four years is very possible.

Please feel free to contact us for additional information or to arrange a tour of the UA biology facilities.

The program is highly regarded and our graduates are very conversant in the sciences, making them well suited for a number of career options after graduation.

Hopefully we’ll see you at UA next year!

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The Bard MBA in Sustainability prepares students for leadership positions in a variety of business environments—from innovative start-ups to major corporations—with in-depth knowledge of core business skills through the lens of sustainability. Read more

The Bard MBA Degree Program

The Bard MBA in Sustainability prepares students for leadership positions in a variety of business environments—from innovative start-ups to major corporations—with in-depth knowledge of core business skills through the lens of sustainability. The curriculum provides a grounding in management essentials, with a continual focus on the integrated bottom line: economic success, environmental integrity, and social equity. Bard College, including the MBA program, is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Bard MBA curriculum is built to simultaneously provide students with the core business competencies needed to pursue business management careers while exploring new ways managing organizations to pursue an integrated bottom line strategy. Bard’s curriculum—where sustainability principles are embedded in a core business curriculum—challenges students to examine not just the economic impacts of the decisions they make, but the social and environmental impacts as well while also giving them the skills to make the business case for sustainability. You can find more information on courses and modules available here: http://www.bard.edu/mba/program/fulltime/

Funding and Scholarships

Bard MBA offers variety of options for financial assistance to reduce the cost of attendance. Students may apply for fellowships, campus employment positions, or student loans. Bard MBA offers Graduate Fellowships to qualified applicants. Fellowships are a tuition reduction and do not require additional work or service to the program. Fellowships are awarded on a merit and need basis. All incoming students are eligible for Fellowships. Fellowships are reviewed yearly and are not renewed automatically. Additionally, all applicants are strongly encouraged to research external sources of funding and to apply for scholarships and grants that will support the tuition costs and living expenses of the program. External awards can be held concurrently with a Bard MBA Graduate Fellowship. Bard MBA also offer campus employment opportunities. You can find more information on funding and scholarships here: http://www.bard.edu/mba/admission/financialaid/

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Develop skills in programming, statistical modeling, and other areas of computer science to help you analyze and interpret complex biological data. Read more
Develop skills in programming, statistical modeling, and other areas of computer science to help you analyze and interpret complex biological data. Through the graduate program in bioinformatics, you’ll learn to blend expertise in computational and biological sciences, leading to a deeper understanding in areas like genomics, diseases, and drug discovery.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

Through the master's degree in the field of bioinformatics, you:
-Gain an understanding of applied learning in related computer science subjects, including programming languages, statistical modeling, visualization, databases, and algorithms.
-Develop skills in scientific practice, including experimental or case study design, scientific data analysis, writing and communication, ethics, and effective collaboration.
-Build a foundation in life science theory as it relates to biotechnology.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The master’s degree includes nine courses—at least four taken on campus—and a thesis or internship.

-Get started. You begin by completing three admission courses from the program curriculum. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
-Apply to the program. While completing your third admission course, you submit your application. We have application periods in the fall, spring, and summer.
-Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, in the fall, spring, or summer. You are required take at least four courses on campus as part of your degree.
-Complete your thesis or internship. If you choose the thesis option, you work with a thesis director to conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your work experience or academic interests, producing publishable quality results. You’ll emerge with a solid understanding of how scientific research is executed and communicated. For the internship, you have the opportunity to apply your knowledge of quantitative analysis and computational design to solve a biological problem, either with your current or potential employer.
-Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in extension studies, field: Bioinformatics.

COST

Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2016–17 graduate tuition is $2,550 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $25,500.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

The Student Financial Services staff can assist you in identifying funds that will help you meet the costs of your education. You can find more information here: http://www.extension.harvard.edu/tuition-enrollment/financial-aid

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Gain insight into critical environmental factors affecting air, water, climate, and ecosystems. In this master’s degree program, you learn to evaluate and design practices, technologies, and systems that bring sustainable solutions to communities and organizations. Read more
Gain insight into critical environmental factors affecting air, water, climate, and ecosystems. In this master’s degree program, you learn to evaluate and design practices, technologies, and systems that bring sustainable solutions to communities and organizations.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

Through the master’s degree program in sustainability you:
-Gain knowledge of sustainability criteria and benchmarking measures to critically evaluate the health of ecological and human developed systems.
-Develop an understanding of policies, technologies, and financial models that support sustainable development.
-Build competency in a variety of quantitative and analytic skill-sets requisite for success as sustainability professionals; and with these skill-sets.
-Learn to design more sustainable solutions that holistically reduce impacts and increase benefits to society and ecosystems.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The degree includes either nine courses and a thesis or 11 courses and a capstone, with at least one course taken on campus.

-Get started. You begin the admission process by completing three admission courses from the program curriculum. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
-Apply to the program. While you are completing your third admission course, you submit your application. We have application periods in the fall, spring, and summer.
-Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, in the fall, spring, January session, or summer. To fully experience Harvard, you are required to take at least one three-week thesis proposal or capstone course on campus as part of your degree.
-Complete your thesis or capstone. If you choose the thesis track, you'll work independently with a thesis director to conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your professional plans. In the capstone track, you work in a classroom setting to apply knowledge and skills obtained in the program to design a short-term research project that has real-world application, or you'll be engaged in a consulting project for an industry client in need of an innovative sustainable solution. Past clients include Amazon, General Electric, State Street Corporation, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and NYC Health + Hospitals.
-Graduate with your Harvard degree. You participate in the annual Harvard Commencement, receiving your Harvard University degree: Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in extension studies, field: Sustainability.

COST

Affordability is core to our mission. Our 2016–17 graduate tuition is $2,550 per course, and the total tuition cost of earning the master’s degree is approximately $25,500 to $30,600.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

The Student Financial Services staff can assist you in identifying funds that will help you meet the costs of your education. You can find more information here: http://www.extension.harvard.edu/tuition-enrollment/financial-aid

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