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.


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These experiences [combining Water Resources Management classes with environmental law coursework at Duke Law] defined and amplified my passions and career path goals while giving me valuable and transferable skills that will make me a competitive candidate in the job market."

–KATHLEEN MASON, MEM'21

Our Vision

Because water is local, every place has a unique set of water management challenges. Our foremost goal is to equip students with the fundamental concepts and analytical tools needed to approach any water problem. Students enjoy a small class size and a low student-faculty ratio as they build this core foundation and develop additional skills and topic-specific expertise relevant to their interests and career goals.

We strive to give students:

  • A strong foundation in the physical, chemical and biological processes that affect aquatic and atmospheric environments
  • Quantitative, qualitative and geospatial skills in observation, monitoring and modeling that are required to understand, protect and sustainably manage water resources at regional and global scales
  • Basic principles of economics, management, finance, law and policy that are necessary to inform decision-making for adequate management and sustainability of water resources
  • Oral and written skills needed to communicate with decision makers; conduct and understand scientific research, write cogent research reports, proposals and policy evaluations and give effective public presentations