List of Top Environmental Management Schools and Programs

Jan 11, 2020

Many schools in the nation offer strong degree programs in environmental science. Learn about some of these top schools, as well as their respective programs and ranking information.

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Environmental management degree programs are available at some of the nation's top ranking universities. Let's explore a few of these schools and see what sets their programs apart from other institutions.

Three of the best schools to offer environmental management degree programs in the United States are Indiana University, Syracuse University and Michigan State University. These schools offer graduate degrees in environmental science, though Syracuse University also offers a doctoral degree. Indiana University, however, offers joint degree programs in the field, such as a degree in both environmental science and public affairs.

Learn more about these four-year colleges that are ranked highly by U.S. News and World Report.

Indiana University in Bloomington, IN

According to Forbes magazine, Bloomington is ranked number one on the top-ten list of cities with the best work-life balance.

In 2019, U.S. News and World Report ranked Indiana University's Bloomington campus as the best graduate school for environmental policy and management. In addition to undergraduate programs, the school also offers joint master's degree programs in environmental science and public affairs. These allow students to learn about the workings of the systems while simultaneously studying the environment. Courses in public management, economics, public affairs, law, finances and budgeting make up this program. Doctoral degrees are also offered.

Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY

At Syracuse University, earth sciences graduate programs at this university allot full-tuition scholarships and teaching assistant, research assistant, and fellowship stipends for approximately 30-35 students.

Syracuse University was ranked #8 (tied) on the 2019 list of environmental policy and management graduate schools by U.S. News and World Report. The university offers a minor in environment and society. At the undergraduate level, students can earn a B.S. degree in earth sciences or a B.S. in earth sciences with a focus in environmental sciences. A B.A. in earth sciences is also offered, in addition to a minor in earth sciences.

At the graduate level, a myriad of courses and programs are offered for students to earn Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in areas of study such as environmental geology, biogeochemistry and global environmental change.

Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan

Michigan State University supports an annual environmental research conference on its campus. Michigan State University is tied at #84 on the 2020 list of national universities by U.S. News and World Report.

At the undergraduate level, students can pursue a B.S. in environmental sciences and management or a B.S. in environmental studies and sustainability. For graduate students, the school offers a Ph.D. in environmental science and policy as well as certificates in environmental modeling.

Top Environmental Management Schools and Programs

Some additional top institutions with original environmental management programs include the following:

School Name Distinction Location
Ohio State University-Main Campus Students can participate in several research initiatives, including the Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab and the Social Responsibility Initiative Columbus, OH
Rutgers University-New Brunswick Students can choose from several graduate-level specialties, including environmental engineering and pollution prevention and control New Brunswick, NJ
University of California-Berkeley Faculty in the College of Natural Resources includes 16 National Academy of Science Members, 40 Fulbright Fellows and 12 Guggenheim Fellows Berkeley, CA

Students can find undergraduate and graduate degree programs in environmental management at several top-ranking institutions. These top programs vary in their uniqueness from the degree specialties they offer to their awarded faculty.

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