Environmental and Energy Policy—MS
- 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.
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.