Environmental Politics and Governance, MS


Program Summary

Format: On-site

Locations: Potsdam

Credit Hours:


Cost: per credit hour

Our Program

The Environmental Politics and Governance degree program examines the socio-economic and political basis for mechanisms as diverse as the allocation of federal funding of environmentally-related research, the development of science-based environmental policy, and taking into account the actions and interests of private sector firms and non-governmental organizations in the environmental arena.

Clarkson’s new interdisciplinary M.S. Degree in Environmental Politics and Governance (MSEPG) provides a unique graduate experience in environmental management. Politicsrefers to the study of the functioning of government at all levels, and the use of strategies and maneuvers to further an interest in a political, social, or economic outcome. Governance refers to the development of policy within the public and private sectors, including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and other interested parties.

The goal is to prepare individuals who understand and can successfully negotiate the complex process of policy making in order to promote science-based environmental policy regulations, including energy policies and decisions.

Environmental Politics and Governance (EPG) is administered by Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment, whose mission is to develop, foster, and enhance innovative, cross-disciplinary research and educational activities at the forefront of environmental investigation. Interdisciplinary groups of faculty affiliates associated with the institute will advise students.

The ISE degree programs provide a flexible framework for students to develop course combinations and pursue research projects that fit their individual interests and needs.

EPG Double Degree Option


The ISE Graduate Handbook is intended to assist faculty members and graduate students with operating procedures, policies, and degree requirements for the ISE graduate degrees.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
The  master’s candidate must complete 30 credit hours, including 2 credits of seminar; at least 6 credits of research; two required classes (POL/SOC 570 Environmental Policy, EC 660 Environmental Economics); one research methods class (SS 580 Research Methods or EC 611 Econometrics or EV 612 Directed Study); and two elective courses.  The remaing credits can be additional thesis or elective class credits.

EPG Double Degree Option

  • Masters in Business Administration There are 16 credits of overlapping coursework between the MBA and MS EPG programs, allowing for the MBA and MS EPG degree requirements to be completed in a combined 52-credit program of study spanning two years, including an MS thesis (6 credits) supporting the EPG degree (see sample curriculum ).

Example Courses & Concentrations

Environmental Politics & Governance students must take:

  • POL/SOC 570 Environmental Policy
  • EV 532 Risk Analysis
  • EC 660 Environmental Economics

Students must take one elective from each category:
Other courses may be available on an ac hoc basis in addition to those listed.

Environment and Society

  • ANTH 570 Environment, Technology and Society
  • ANTH/SOC 585 Food and Society
  • POL 573 Environmental Justice (ON-LINE)
  • SOC 593 Health, Wealth, Inequality and the Environment

Environmental Philosophy

  • PHIL 570 Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 580 Environmental Philosophy
  • POL 592 Environmental Political Theory

Environmental Policy

  • SOC 572 Biofuel and Farm Policy
  • POL 572 Environmental Law
  • CE 586 Introduction to Industrial Ecology
  • POL 571 Energy Policy

Admission Requirements

A complete application file consists of the following items (click for more information):

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume and Statement of Purpose
  3. Letters of Recommendation – 3 letters required
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. Test Scores – GRE* and TOEFL/IELTS (if applicable)

* GRE maybe waived for some applicants.; GMAT or GRE required for students applying to the DOUBLE MBA/EPG degree programs

Supplemental information may be submitted if desired: this could include any other information that may help us evaluate your application.
Applicants to the double major MBA/EPG programs must meet the admission requirements for both the MBA and EPG programs:

MS EPG Prerequisites
Students who have not taken a course in American Politics or American Society and an introduction to environmental science will be able to take classes at Clarkson but these courses will not apply as graduate credit.

Double Degree – MBA/EPG Prerequisites
Our prerequisites represent the foundation business coursework that we require all students to have before beginning the MBA program. They can be completed during undergraduate study, our SUMMER BUSINESS CONCEPTS PROGRAM (all courses are offered online at no cost), or over the summer at a different institution.
Application Process
Applications for the MS-EPG program are completed on-line. For students completing the application for double degrees in MBA/ MS-EPG, the application will be reviewed by both programs’ Graduate Admissions Committees. Both programs must independently accept the student for admission.


Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program are able to pursue positions of leadership in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), environmental or energy consultancies, or within the public sector. Recent employers include the Brookings Institution and Opinion Dynamics, Inc.  EPG graduates are also well-positioned to pursue further graduate study in public policy or environmental studies.


Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply contact:
Dan Capogna
Graduate School Coordinator

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