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Academic Programs

M.A. in Global Environmental Policy
This program provides students with the essential theoretical, analytical and practical skills they need to participate in the international policy process. Students begin their studies building a foundation in environmental science, economics and policy studies. They branch out to develop particular expertise in an area such as international environmental diplomacy, political economy, environmental ethics, sustainable development and environmental justice. Course offerings include international environmental politics, environmental science, environmental economics, environmental law, public policy analysis, and the Washington Environmental Workshop, which takes students to numerous Washington policymaking institutions.

A substantial research project or thesis provides the opportunity to codify students’ particular research interests and develop professional expertise. The rich course offerings and library resources of the Washington-area consortium universities, as well as American University’s Washington College of Law, are at the student’s disposal. 


Dual Masters in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development and International Affairs
A unique partnership between American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C. and the United Nations-affiliated University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica permits students to earn dual Masters degrees in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (UPEACE) and International Affairs (SIS). The program trains students in policy-making and program development with regard to the related challenges of global environmental protection and local-level economic and social development. Students spend their first and last semesters in Washington, D.C. and their second and third semesters in Costa Rica. In the summer between their first and second year, they participate in applied practical work through a professional internship. All courses are taught in English, although basic Spanish language skills will enhance the Central America experience. Non-credit Spanish classes are provided during the first and second semesters.

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