Environmental Economics & Policy

The EEP program equips students to inform effective solutions for today’s national and international environmental problems. EEP is one of eight available concentrations in the two-year residential Master of Environmental Management (MEM) program.  

Our Vision

Our highly analytical program provides training in the social and natural sciences for future policy-makers, 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.

Theo Koboski Experiences Policy in Action at COP21

The Curriculum

All students receive core training in environmental economics, law, politics and analytical methods and tools. To complement this core curriculum, you’ll work with your advisor to choose a specialization track and select natural science courses to build a cohesive and marketable set of skills customized to your interests and career aspirations. 

Your Future

The Nicholas School’s dedicated Career Center has helped our graduates find a diverse array of fulfilling positions upon graduation. Many enter consulting, both for the private and public sectors. Others work for governments or NGOs. Still others enter the business world, frequently in positions focused on business sustainability strategies.



Find out if our program is right for you. Feel free to contact us with questions.  
•  Full Program Description
•  Prerequisites & Required Courses
•  How to Apply


Welcome to the family! Here are some resources to get you started. 

•   Before You Arrive
•   When You Arrive
•   Student Advising
•   Curriculum Planning Spreadsheet
•   Master’s Projects

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    Martin D. Smith, Professor of Environmental Economics

    "EEP graduates have rigorous training in economics, politics, statistics and law. They are Renaissance analysts who can engage the messy details of environmental policy while thinking broadly about the pressing environmental challenges of our time.”

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    Melissa Semcer MEM’07, Administrative Law Judge, California Public Utilities Commission

    "At the Nicholas School, I was able to develop a broad understanding of environmental and policy issues, and more importantly, how to think through these issues, in order to find resolution to the complex problems facing our society. I especially appreciated the opportunity to take classes outside of the Nicholas School; being exposed to business, law, psychology, and finance classes has proved invaluable in my career."



“Making good environmental policy requires more than an understanding of the natural scientific causes of the problem. Human responses to both the problem and any proposed solutions are critical for determining the best course of action. The EEP program provides students with rigorous training in the analytic methods of economics, law, policy and politics that will help distinguish them as they set forth to help solve some of the world’s most pressing and urgent problems”

Lori Snyder Bennear
EEP Program Chair
Associate Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy
(919) 613-8083


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