The Nicholas School offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees and several non-degree educational opportunities.


Our doctoral program prepares students for careers in university teaching and research. Students can pursue doctoral degrees through one of our three research divisions: Environment, Earth & Ocean Sciences, or Marine Science and Conservation. 

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We offer two Master’s degrees (MEM/MF), an online Master’s program (DEL-MEM), a Master’s degree in international environmental policy (China), and several concurrent degree programs. Our Master of Environmental Management (MEM) degree trains students to understand the scientific basis of environmental problems, as well as the social, political, and economic factors that influence policy solutions.

Our Master of Forestry degree equips students to become experts in the sustainable management of forested ecosystems.

Students can also earn both of our Master’s degrees concurrently, or pursue a concurrent degree (such as an MBA, JD, or MPP) at another school at Duke or another university.   

Students interested in international environmental policy can pursue a Master of Environmental Policy at Duke Kunshan University (China). This program is a collaboration between the Nicholas School and the Sanford School of Public Policy. 


Our undergraduate degrees are offered in collaboration with Trinity College. Courses for four environment-related majors are taught by more than 60 Duke professors across 20 cooperating departments and schools.
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Our non-degree programs offer unique educational opportunities for everyone from undergraduate students to mid-career professionals. Immerse yourself in marine science at the Duke Marine Lab, or expand your skills and extend your professional potential through our Executive Education program.