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Sustainability impacts all industries and acquiring advanced green-related knowledge and skills could make you an asset to employers in a variety of fields.* The Master of Science in Environmental Policy’s curriculum focuses on the legal, social, business, economic, and political aspects of the “green” industry that could prepare you to take on today’s most complex environmental challenges.
Learn from professors with expertise in the environmental and sustainability fields and explore environmental issues from a variety of angles through live seminars, engaging one-on-one feedback, and discussion boards.If you already have bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college and want to earn an advanced degree to further your career, Kaplan University's online Master of Science in Environment Policy could help you pursue your goal.
Our web-based interdisciplinary curriculum blends legal studies, social science, public policy, and business content—all with a strong focus on policy and law. Courses are taught by experienced industry professionals and are accessible virtually anywhere you have access to the Internet. This program is designed to teach you:
The environmental field is growing fast—and with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dedicating $80 billion to clean energy investments, this growth is expected to continue.†
The emerging green economy has simultaneously created a cluster of new occupations, while changing the requirements of existing positions.‡ Whether you have years of experience in sustainability or are seeking a new career in the green industry, the Master of Science in Environmental Policy program offers the in-demand knowledge and skills to enhance a variety of professional and academic backgrounds.Prepare to pursue a mid- or upper-level position in environmental, government, or independent organizations with positions such as: environmental efficiency specialist, sustainable purchasing manager, environmental specialist, and renewable energy grant writer. You may also build a solid foundation to pursue more advanced academic degrees.§
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Jul 31, 2013
Online Start Date
Oct 16, 2013
This course will explore the history of
environmentalism and the issues, ethics, and economics
surrounding the foundation of current environmental policy and
management. Students will assess how environmental and resource
issues have influenced economic development and societal growth,
and the interdisciplinary connectedness of science, policy, and
advocacy in environmental decision making and management. Both
local and global ecosystems will be
Total Program Credits: 55
This course examines United States
environmental law and policy and its development, implementation,
and enforcement. The perspective and impact of the legislative,
executive, and judicial branches will be explored as well as
their impact on environmental law and policy. Students will
discuss the purpose, context, and implications of the most
important laws, regulations, and court cases including the
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Air Act (CAA),
Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
(RCRA), and the Comprehensive Environmental Response,
Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The course will examine
important constitutional principles in substantive and procedural
law as well as significant environmental laws and
This course explores the basic concepts of
risk assessment, processes, and procedural methods to evaluate
and critique scientific information. Students will explore the
growing importance of the analysis of risk in regulatory decision
making. Students learn how to balance the costs and benefits of
risk reduction and how to account for the uncertainties in risk
estimates. Additionally, students are introduced to terminology
and concepts necessary in risk communication.
This course focuses on the analysis of environmental policy and approaches to problem solving. Students will study different types of criteria that stakeholders utilize in the policy development process, performance measurements, and assessment of environmental policy and program evaluation.
EM 500 and EM 520
In the first of two courses in applied
research in legal studies, students will be introduced to applied
research within the profession, which encourages adoption of the
role of a reflective practitioner who seeks to simultaneously
understand and change the professional setting. Students will
examine the history of applied research and the intersection of
applied research and experimental research. This study allows
participants to develop an understanding of the processes and how
they can impact their own professional
Third to last term
Writing effectively and accurately is a
necessary skill in the academic and professional worlds. Academic
and Professional Writing for Graduate Students is designed to
prepare students for the demands of academic and professional
writing in their coursework, professional career, and for their
final capstone/research paper. Students will learn to communicate
complex and difficult material clearly to a wide variety of
expert and nonexpert readers, and write for the kinds of
audiences that they will encounter as professionals and who rely
on the words on the page to make meaning. This course will
introduce students to the basic elements of academic and
professional writing at the holistic and sentence level. Students
will gain an understanding of audience and purpose, as well as
the graduate research, writing, and formatting process. Emphasis
is placed on citing and quoting primary materials, organization
strategies, and grammar, editing, and usage so that students hone
and fine-tune their writing skills.
Students will study leadership within the public sector and the application of ethical and leadership principles to decision making, actions, and interactions within public administration. Topics covered may include: organizational behavior, interest-based negotiation, leading networks, mediation, and leadership style.
PP 500 or enrollment in the Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Master of Science in Environmental Policy, or Master of Science in Fire and Emergency Services program
Students experience the art and science of
applied research while they develop the tools of reflective inquiry and
collaborative practice. Students will engage in analysis of current issues and
challenges to explore and practice applied research methods as a logical
extension of professional practice. Integral to this process is the examination of both informal and systematic ways to ask and answer questions.
Students will design a research plan for their own applied research project.
Biology of Pollution will assess the interactions between environmental pollutants and the biotic systems they affect. Specific situations where pollutants have affected various biota, such as plants, birds, and mammals, will be analyzed and strategies will be formulated on how to approach these situations. The effects of pollution on both aquatic and terrestrial populations, communities, and ecosystems will be assessed.
This course will examine concepts of natural resources and conservation, and explore how economics, ethics, and ecology can be applied to natural resource management, both in the United States and globally. Students are challenged to apply concepts learned to address the managing of natural resources in a number of regional and global contexts. Management issues relating to freshwater, agriculture, energy, wildlife, ecosystems, and ocean resources will be examined. Throughout this course, emphasis is placed on developing viable solutions to our current natural resource challenges.
This course will introduce students to the
concepts, issues, and problems of crisis and emergency
management. Topics explored include: organizing and logistics for
response, managing the response organization, managing in a
high-stress environment, crisis decision making, crisis
communications, liability issues, and resource assessment and
allocation. This course will cover the methodology and rationale
behind the unified response to a terrorist, weapons of mass
destruction (WMD), or disaster incidents, and students will
examine these methodologies from the perspective of crisis
management and consequence management.
This course will provide students with an overview of ecology and a focus on the dynamics of ecological interactions. Concepts will begin with the idea of an ecological niche and branch out to the fundamentals of mutualism, commensalism, competition, and predation. Emphasis will be placed on concept application through the incorporation of scientific literature. As students become familiar with the literature, they will learn to evaluate assigned readings for validity in the scientific forum and synthesize class concepts. Learning to evaluate and critique current literature is essential for graduate students in all fields.
Energy and Our Global Climate will provide students with a working knowledge of existing carbon-based energy sources and more sustainable alternative energies. The intimate relationship between energy use and climate change will be examined in depth. Environmental impacts will be discussed and options to mitigate said impacts will be developed.
This course examines the key elements of
environmental project management. Emphasis is placed on project
management organization, planning, and communication strategies
and critical factors such as the uncertainty of project scope and
the evolving environmental regulatory environment. Students will
learn to develop environmental project plans, establish project
organization, define management functions, estimate costs, and
determine project effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on the
integrated nature of environmental project
EM 500; EM 530 highly recommended
This course is technically oriented to examine the components of human health and ecological risk assessments. Students learn how to complete each step including risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication through the analysis of case studies. Students will also gain knowledge of relating risk assessment methodologies, procedures, and results to environmental policies. By the end of this course students will be able to complete a risk assessment, recognize risk management options, and identify political factors that can influence their selection.
Students will explore the interaction of
political and economic forces that impact public administrators
in governmental and nonprofit sectors. The course will cover
fundamental concepts such as marginal analysis, optimization and
suboptimization, and ceteris paribus reasoning. Students will use
economic reasoning to better explain this interaction between
political entities and economic forces including governments'
behavioral effects on markets, the role of competition in the
provision of public goods, resource allocation, and market
failure and government failure.
This course examines the relationship of
business and government agencies in producing public services.
Students will analyze policies and implementation in partnership
and privatization models including outsourcing, contracting, and
competition. The use of voluntary organizations will also be
This course examines the philosophical and
practical principles of green and sustainable design through the
exploration of environmental issues, sustainable methods, public
policy, and decision making. Students will explore the strategic
change in industry behavior away from the old emphasis on legal
compliance to adopting an explicit goal of promoting
sustainability. Sustainability principles, policies, and programs
that encourage and guide current initiatives are analyzed.
Students will reflect on the interconnectedness of social,
ecological, governmental, economic, and ethical constructs
associated with sustainability.
Total Program Credits: 55
Total Program Credits: 55
As a final step in the Master of Science in Environmental Policy, students may choose the nonthesis option and successfully complete a comprehensive exam. This comprehensive exam incorporates the program outcomes of the program. This exam is designed to carefully assess a student’s overall learning in the program. Successful completion of the exam allows both student and faculty to measure and acknowledge a successful learning experience for the student.
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
† Source: O*Net OnLine, The Green Economy, on the Internet at http://www.onetcenter.org/green.html?p=2.
‡ Source: The White House, Issues: Energy and Environment, on the Internet at www.whitehouse.gov/issues/energy-and-environment.
§ While many of Kaplan University's degree programs are designed to prepare graduates to pursue continued bachelor-, graduate- or doctorate-level education, the University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any programs.