Environmental and Energy Policy—MS, PhD

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? Can your policy-related research help support societal decisions and choices toward a sustainable society? Are you ready?

Accelerated Master's Program is available for current Michigan Tech students.

Program Overview

Study the historical, cultural, and social dimensions of environmental issues with a master's or doctorate degree program in environmental and energy policy. Dig into policies governing our use of the environment, including those that influence energy choices and natural resource management. Participate in research projects involving local watersheds and urban recycling programs or global supply chains and international treaties. Explore methods for facilitating decision-making processes that include citizens, scientists, policy analysts, legislators, business interests, and nonprofits.

  • Delivery Options

    • Accelerated: MS
    • On-Campus: MS, PhD

Environmental and Energy Policy Program Details

Choose a specific degree option or delivery type to learn more about the environmental and energy policy program at Michigan Tech.

On-Campus Programs

Additional Program Information

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Graduate Director

Mark Rouleau

Graduate Assistant

Kathryn Hannum


Sample Areas of Interest

Select areas of interest to help customize your environmental and energy policy MS or PhD. Sample areas include:

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

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Application Process and Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis using a holistic approach. Fill out our free graduate application online to apply to any of our programs. Official transcripts and scores are not required for the initial application, although you will need to upload them later.

Accredited by HLC

Michigan Tech has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1928. Our Graduate School offers over 125 certificates, master's, and PhD programs to provide our students and the world with what tomorrow needs.

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. Program faculty have expertise across issues of energy systems, forest resources, food sovereignty, among other environmental issues, particularly the social, legal, and political contexts influencing resource governance and access. Due to the small and focused nature of our program, faculty work with graduate students individually and intensively.

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.

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?

Program Faculty