Our two-year Master of Environmental Management degree, with its emphasis on natural and social sciences, trains students to understand the scientific basis of environmental problems, as well as the social, political, and economic factors that influence policy solutions. Duke allows you to design an individualized program that will prepare you for leadership in the corporate, nonprofit, government or academic sector – wherever you see yourself making a difference.

  • Our MEM on-campus program offers a flexible curriculum with opportunities to take classes across Duke and at other nearby universities. On-campus MEM students elect to participate in one of eight concentrations.
  • If you are an environmental professional with at least five years of experience, we offer the MEM online program through the Duke Environmental Leadership Program (DEL-MEM) that allows working professionals to pursue a degree in environmental leadership while continuing to work. 

Our two-year Master of Forestry degree equips students to become experts in the sustainable management of forested ecosystems in today’s increasingly complex market. Our foresters graduate with a skillset of practical field skills supported by cutting-edge tools for geospatial analysis, multi-resource assessment and finance. 

On-campus master's students also have the opportunity to earn a professional MEM or MF degree concurrently with a master’s degree in business, law, public policy, engineering or education.
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.

MEM/MF students receive in-depth training in: 

   • Principles of economics, management, finance, law and/or policy
   • Environmental science
   • Data manipulation and analysis
   • Professional and technical communication
   • Time management, organization, project management and teamwork

Students also receive training in additional skills through courses offered in their individual master's concentrations.

Employment Profile: Dec. 2016 & May 2017 Graduates

Our employment profiles feature key information about recent Nicholas School graduates, including career salaries by sector and program area, as well as overall employment by sector and region. Employment profiles for each master's concentration is featured on the concentration's webpage.

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DATA FOR 2017 EMPLOYMENT PROFILE with 8 concentrations