Environmental Policy

Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation. —William Arthur Wood

Environmental and Energy Policy—MS

Fast Facts

  • Two faculty have a six-year research grant from the National Science Foundation to study the potential for biofuels development in the Upper Midwest.
  • Students have studied environmental and energy policy issues on five continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America.
  • A graduate who did his master’s thesis on community-based wastewater treatment in northern Mexico was chosen to discuss his work with President Bush during a tour of Latin America.

Learn more about the Environmental and Energy Policy MS program.

Graduate Programs in Environmental and Energy Policy

Students in Michigan Tech’s Master of Science in Environmental and Energy Policy program gain skills in policy analysis and an understanding of socio-environmental systems.

The program offers an innovative approach to environmental management through the collaboration of faculty in ecology, engineering, economics, other social sciences, and forest resources. It is distinctive for its training in citizen participation and its interdisciplinary emphasis.

Michigan Tech's program is small and focused, which permits us to be flexible and to work intensively with each of our graduate students. Current research focus includes the policy dimensions of a variety of natural resource and environmental problems, including the development of wind energy, community forestry in Nepal, and community-based recycling programs. We are currently working on research on the development of biofuels, the impact of mining on ecological systems, and the history of the management of nitrogen resources and pollution. Many of us are working on solutions to climate change, analysis of the effectiveness of pollution reduction policies, and community based risk perceptions.

Learn more about the Environmental and Energy Policy MS program.

Master's Degree: Thesis Option

This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor.  The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

The minimum requirements are as follows:

Course work (minimum)20 credits
Thesis research6–10 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Report Option

This option requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. The scope of the research topic should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project:

Course work24 credits
Report2–6 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Course Work Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through course work. Research credits may be used on a case-by-case basis following the approval of the graduate program director. 

A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree and may require more than the minimum credits listed here:

Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)18 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits