Curriculum Update: We are making changes to our Master of Environmental Management (MEM) curriculum that will impact students matriculating in Fall 2023 and beyond. For details, please visit the new MEM curriculum FAQ page.


Phoenix Feng

The Nicholas School is an ideal environment to equip me with a more profound interdisciplinary theoretical framework, rigorous skills, and international lens to address existing environmental challenges.”

–PHOENIX FENG, MEM'21

Our Vision

Our highly analytical program provides training in the social and natural sciences for future policymakers, those who offer them expert advice, and those who try to influence policy through the political process. With a small class size and low student-faculty ratio, the program gives students a strong foundation in the methods needed to analyze how households, businesses, governments and other stakeholders react to existing and proposed environmental and resource policies.

We strive to give students:

  • A broad and cohesive knowledge base in environmental economics, politics, and law, including the economics of public goods and externalities, the study of interest group behavior, political institutions, and property rights
  • In-depth knowledge in a chosen area of concentration
  • Quantitative and qualitative skills in applied statistics, survey research, analytical modeling, optimization techniques and case-study methods
  • Professional management skills in teamwork and leadership, ethics, and oral and written presentation