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/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.


MEM students choose one of seven 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.

Spotlight: MEM Alumni

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National Audubon Society

"The Nicholas School gave me the tools to tackle environmental problems from all angles. While immersing myself in the ecology of different ecosystems, I simultaneously gained skills in data analysis, and through Nicholas School connections applied both during hands-on communication internships at local NGOs. Without my multi-faceted experience, I would never have been able to pursue my freelance career, nor juggle the multiple demands of an environmental specialist in local government."
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