Master of Environmental Management (MEM) - On-Campus

Our renowned on-campus Master of Environmental Management (MEM) program teaches students how to analyze and manage natural environments for human benefit and ecosystem health.

Students benefit from daily interaction with their peers and our distinguished faculty while completing their course requirements and pursuing a master’s project. The program lasts two years (four semesters).


MEM students choose one of eight specialized concentrations as a focal point for their studies. See the individual concentration web pages for details about required courses, prerequisites, and faculty affiliates. Each concentration page also features employment profiles for recent Nicholas School graduates, including career salaries by sector and program area, as well as overall employment by sector and region.

Business and Environment (BE)
The BE concentration trains students to be managers and analysts who support private-sector organizations in implementing sustainable business practices. It equips students for leadership roles in all aspects of management, including responsible sourcing, supply chain, logistics, sales and marketing, product design, corporate strategy, government affairs and community engagement.
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Coastal Environmental Management (CEM)
The CEM concentration, which typically includes a year in residence at the Duke Marine Laboratory, focuses on the interactions between human society and coastal environments and processes. It equips students to fill coastal policy and management, research, or advocacy positions in federal and state agencies, industry, consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations.
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Energy and Environment (EE)
The EE concentration trains students to work toward a sustainable energy future through a focus on innovative thinking and a fundamental understanding of the interconnections among policy, markets, technology, and the environment. It equips students for positions focused on transitioning from conventional to sustainable energy.
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Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health (EEH)
The EEH concentration emphasizes understanding the fate, effects, and risks of pollutants to natural ecosystems and human populations.  It equips students to become analysts or consultants for private industry and public agencies that deal with health effects and environmental issues.
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Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP)
The highly-analytical EEP concentration focuses on how markets, institutions, people, and the environment interact to influence environmental and resource policies. It is designed to train decision-makers, those who offer expert advice to policymakers, and those who try to influence policy through the political process.
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Ecosystem Science and Conservation (ESC)
The ESC concentration is our overarching ecological program that equips students for a variety of career tracks through a focus on natural science, policy, and management issues related to the stewardship of natural resources. Students customize the program by choosing an area of focus and methodological approach that aligns with their career goals.
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Global Environmental Change (GEC)
*The GEC concentration is currently under review. Prospective students interested in a focus area related to climate change, contact

The GEC concentration focuses on climate change and other widespread changes and provides students with an integrated package of fundamental science, analytical skills, and management and policy training. It equips students for careers that bridge the gap between science and policy related to the management of the consequences of global change.
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Water Resources Management (WRM)
The WRM concentration focuses on the natural and social dimensions of water resources, including biophysical processes, policy constraints, business opportunities, and economic realities. It equips students to practice as analysts or consultants for employers engaged in managing and protecting water resources.
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