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Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy
Program Description

The Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy program provides students with a combination of scientific, technological, legal and policy training, preparing them for careers in a wide range of environmental fields. The aim is to give students an understanding of all aspects of the environment, of how to develop sound and sustainable policies, and of matters related to solving environmental problems.

Sample Courses for the Master’s Program

Methods of Environmental Inquiry; Sustainable Energy Solutions; Waste Management; Modeling and Geographic Information Systems; Environmental Impact Assessment; Life Cycle Assessment; Environmental Policy and Politics; EU Environmental Law; Air Pollution and Climate Change; Agriculture and Forestry; Biodiversity and Conservation; Water Resources; Environmental Economics; Corporate Environmental Management; Ecosystems Management; Environmental Philosophy; Academic Writing

Entry Requirements for the Master’s Program

In addition to meeting the General CEU Admissions Requirements applicants must write a statement (maximum 350 words) addressing:

1. The origins of their interest in environmental issues;

2. How they hope to benefit from the program;

3. Their future career plans;

 4. Their relevant special interests.

Previous work or practical experience in the field of environmental sciences is highly desirable, however students from a variety of backgrounds are encouraged to apply, provided they show a commitment to environmental issues. Students holding a first degree from a variety of other fields (from natural and earth sciences to economics or law) are also encouraged to apply.

In exceptional cases, applicants with a three-year bachelor’s degree may be allowed admission into one-year master’s programs. The applicants should be aware that they may not be able to pursue a doctoral degree in the European Higher Education Area if they have accumulated less than 300 ECTS credits in their prior university studies. Applicants wishing to pursue an academic career should choose their master’s program accordingly (two-year master’s in case they completed a three-year bachelor’s degree, and one-year master’s in case they completed a four-year bachelor’s degree). For the list of conditions under which exemptions may be granted, please refer to the program’s website.

Program level
Degree awarded
Program accreditation/registration
Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Country of accreditation
United States
Type of degree
Standard Program duration
1 year (10 months)
Start of the program
US degree credits
Austrian degree ECTS credits