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For information on admissions requirements, application procedures, and deadlines, please visit the Graduate Admissions website or contact SIS Graduate Admissions:

E-mail: sisgrad@american.edu
Phone: 202-885-1646

For information on events and program activities, or for general program information, contact the GEP Program office:

E-mail: gep@american.edu
Phone: 202-885-1683

For academic questions about the GEP or NRSD degree programs, contact Dr. Judith Shapiro:

E-mail: Shapiro@american.edu

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Are you interested in working for global sustainability?

Join the Global Environmental Politics Masters program at American University’s School of International Service to:

1. Work for environmental and social wellbeing in ways that matter.

2. Receive a world class graduate environmental studies education, working with field-leading faculty and accomplished peers.

3. Learn skills necessary to translate your passion in environmental protection and sustainability into a meaningful profession.

4. Belong to a university that is a world leader in graduate environmental and sustainability education.

5. Insert yourself into Washington, DC, the center of political life.

The Global Environmental Politics program is dedicated to producing the next generation of environmental leaders. Join us!

Our two distinctive Masters degree options:

The Global Environmental Politics program offers a unique, specialized, and world-leading graduate environmental studies education. Our distinctive course offerings equip students with the analytical and practical tools to become participants and leaders in the international environmental field.

Our faculty and community partners in Washington DC offer expertise in the politics of sustainable development, energy, climate change, agriculture, urban design, freshwater issues, and much more. Our courses are connected by concern about environmental justice and ethics and the pursuit of effective forms of response to global environmental change.

We have two Masters degree tracks:

Global Environmental Policy, for those interested in an interdisciplinary exploration of efforts to advance environmental protection

Read the SIS Spotlight on the GEP Program.

Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, a dual-degree program with the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica, for those interested in looking at international environmental protection and international development from the South and the North

Read the SIS Spotlight on the NRSD Program.

Open Houses

Please come and chat with us in person during our Open House on November 13. Click here to RSVP.

Alumni Spotlight

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University for Peace

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The GEP Blog


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The website for one of our research initiatives


Teaching Climate/Energy Law & Policy


Our climate blog for teachers and practitioners

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In November 2013, Professors Ken Conca and Judith Shapiro conducted Webinars with prospective GEP and NRSD students. Click here to listen.

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Victoria Fulton Victoria Fulton, Program Coordinator, GEP
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2014 Graduation Slideshow

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Check out the slideshow from our 2014 GEP & NRSD graduation ceremony.