Expand Your Expertise
Make the most of your MEM degree with a specialized certificate credential or a second degree.
Pursue a certificate in Geospatial Analysis or Climate Change Science and Applications to delve into a specific environmental area and develop real-world knowledge and skills to carry into the professional ranks.
Pursuing two master’s degrees from Duke, or from Duke and a partner institution, allows you to expand your career flexibility and increase your marketability. We offer paths to combine the MEM with our Master of Forestry (MF) degree, or a degree in law, business, public policy, city and regional planning, and more.
Be Part of Something Bigger
At Duke, you’ll find a customizable environmental degree that gives you the skills, knowledge and networks needed to tackle today’s toughest environmental challenges and succeed in a career that creates real change—all while engaging you in a community of caring and conscious people who share your commitment to being part of the solution.
I chose the Nicholas School because of its vast national and international network. Every organization I want to work for has Nicholas alumni."
–Max Bernal Temores, MEM'23
Careers of Consequence
Despite the stressors and hardships of the Covid-19 global pandemic, 96% of graduates in the class of 2021 reported meaningful employment six months after graduating.
The network of Nicholas School graduates stretches around the world and across all sectors, including corporations, startups, consulting firms, government agencies, research institutions, think tanks and non-profit organizations.
You don't have to wait until you graduate to start contributing to positive change in the world. As an MEM student at Duke, you'll find abundant opportunities for immediate application of your learning through your Master's Project (MP), as well as internships, co-curricular activities and student groups.
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meet the marine lab
Our year-round coastal campus in Beaufort, N.C. is home to research, teaching and student life facilities. Whether you spend a day or a year, the Duke University Marine Lab is a unique resource for all of our students.
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meet The Duke forest
Since 1931, the Duke Forest has been Duke University’s living laboratory and outdoor classroom. The Duke Forest has taught countless students, generated innumerable scientific articles and launched the careers of many well-respected scientists.
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Meet Our Community
Duke Environment brings together people with different backgrounds, beliefs, life experiences and career interests. Learn how building an inclusive community benefits our students.
Ready to take the next step?
Connect with us at an upcoming event to meet our admissions team and gain in-depth information about our degree programs.
Visit the master's programs Admissions section to learn more about application requirements, find answers to frequently asked questions and start your application.
Come Change the World with Us
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The Art of Mastering Concurrent Degrees
Environmental issues today can be complex, crossing many legal, political, economic and health fields, and requiring a multidisciplinary approach to finding solutions. Meet four alumni who took advantage of concurrent degree programs to expand their skillsets and professional networks.
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using mem skills every day
Hannah Royal MEM’20 and Brenna Thompson MEM’17 both work at the Triangle Land Conservancy. Here they share how their Nicholas School education directly applies to the work they do in land conservation and stewardship.
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Alum Helps Create National Marine Sanctuary
It took five years of planning, dozens of negotiations, hundreds of meetings, briefings and community events, and an inexhaustible supply of coffee and optimism for Joel Dunn MEM'04 to realize his dream of seeing Mallows Bay designated as a national marine sanctuary.
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alums' research lights up flagship net zero energy Mcdonald's
From an environmental point of view, the most magical new attraction at the Magic Kingdom this year isn’t a ride or show. It’s a McDonald’s – the first of its kind anywhere – that generates all its own energy from renewable sources.
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inside California’s wildfire crisis
As wildfires in 2020 sent thousands in California fleeing their homes, attention focused on the role of the state's largest utility. Duke alumna Melissa Semcer, MEM'07, had the job of holding the utility accountable.
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