Environmental and Energy Policy—MS

Human actions matter at a global scale. What role can you play in helping the human race learn to interact with Earth systems in ways that are environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and socially just? Find out at Michigan Technological University.

What you'll work on

Study the historical, cultural, and social dimensions of environmental issues. Dig into policies governing our use of the environment, including those that influence energy choices and natural resource management. Explore methods for facilitating decision-making processes that include citizens, scientists, policy analysts, legislators, business interests, and nonprofits.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Environment and Public Policy
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Sustainability and Conservation

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Who you'll work with

Faculty expertise is interdisciplinary and wide-ranging, from wind energy in Nepal to community-based recycling programs. As active scholars with funded research programs, our faculty have received numerous awards for publications and research and possess national and international reputations. Due to the small and focused nature of our program, faculty work with graduate students individually and intensively.

Faculty Spotlight

Nancy Langston

Nancy Langston
Environmental History

"Solving environmental problems requires interdisciplinary tools."

The challenges facing Lake Superior are many, yet communities have overcome enormous threats to the lake’s ecosystems in the past. What can we learn from the recoveries of the past century as we face new, interconnected problems like climate change, synthetic chemicals, and forest change?

Where you'll work

Our students get out from behind their desks and into the field. From mining issues in the Upper Midwest to the global impacts of climate change, you’ll apply what you learn to projects around the world. Many MS and PhD students are supported by graduate teaching and research assistantships. Their work takes them across the Americas and throughout Europe and Asia.