Our Senior Professional Program offers practicing environmental professionals a variety of opportunities to keep pace with the rapid scientific and policy developments and ever-changing demands of environment-related fields.
Through the program, experienced professionals take short courses, earn certificates, or earn a full master’s degree using a modified program schedule that allows students to complete the course requirements in as little as one year and up to five years, spending a minimum of one semester in residence.
The Nicholas School offers professionals in environmental fields many options to expand their knowledge and skills.
Short Courses and Certificates
Professionals can register for online, onsite, or site-specific courses through the Duke Executive Education program.
You can also earn an Environmental Communications Certificate, which focuses on building the skills necessary to implement a successful environmental campaign.
Our online Master of Environmental Management (DEL-MEM) program allows working professionals with at least five years of experience to stay in their jobs while completing the master’s degree. The program takes two years (four semesters) and requires students to attend five short in-person sessions. The majority of the work is done online and in the evening.
Our residential Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry programs allow working professionals with at least five years of experience to earn these degrees using a modified schedule that requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, allows the student to complete the course requirements in as little as one year and up to five years, and requires a minimum of one semester in residence (though it is preferred that students spend two semesters in residence).
Specific degree requirements for students in the Senior Professional Program, including required courses and the number of academic units necessary to complete the degree (beyond the minimum 30 credits), are established by the student’s advisor based on the individual’s previous education, work experience, and career goals.
For the residential degree option, the professional must enroll in at least 15 credit hours for at least one semester, preferably the first semester following admission. Following the first semester in residence, the professional has the option of enrolling for a second full semester in residence and completing all degree requirements (an additional 15 credits minimum) or registering on a part-time basis.
Professionals who choose not to spend two semesters in residence can earn their remaining credits through 8 credits of intensive courses or independent study and research, 6 credits of master’s project courses, and a 1-credit symposium course. Candidates have five years from the date of acceptance to complete the required 30 credits.
Tuition for the residential option is charged at the flat fee rate for the full-time enrollment semester in residence and $1,300 per credit hour thereafter (tuition subject to change annually). A $350 continuation fee will be charged for each semester that the student is not registered for course credits.
HOW TO APPLY
Register for short courses or certificate programs through the Duke Environmental Leadership Executive Education program.
Apply for one of our master’s degrees (online or residential) through the main Nicholas School application used by all master’s program candidates: