Kaplan University

MS in Environmental Policy

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Environmental Policy program is desiged to offer students the knowledge and skills to help them pursue careers involving environmental protection, environmental laws, and policy management. Learn more about this online master's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Environmental Policy

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Environmental Policy program is designed to offer a diverse education for students preparing to pursue management careers in the environmental field. The program combines instruction with student projects and hands-on application. Program coursework offers study in current environmental policies and practices, government environmental laws and programs, ethics, legal issues, and risk assessment. Electives address sustainability or green practices, environmental policy analysis, project planning and management, and regulatory practices. Applied research and comprehensive exam tracks are available for this program. Students seeking to enter the program should have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

55 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Environmental Policy:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. This program is subject to minimum enrollments. If minimum enrollments are not met, candidates will be asked to enroll in a subsequent term. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements

  • EM 500: Environmental Foundations and Principles (5 credits)
  • EM 520: Environmental Law and Policy (5 credits)
  • EM 530: Environmental Risk Assessment II (5 credits)
  • EM 650: Environmental Policy Analysis (5 credits)
  • LS 526: Academic and Professional Writing for Graduate Students (5 credits)
  • PP 510: Leadership in the Public Sector (5 credits)

Additional Applied Research Track Core Requirements

  • LS 504: Applied Research in Legal Studies (5 credits)
  • EM 698: Applied Research (5 credits)

Additional Comprehensive Exam Track Core Requirements

  • EM 602: Comprehensive Exam Capstone (5 credits)

Electives Requirements

  • Choose three (applied research track) or four (comprehensive exam track) of the following:
    • EM 610: Sustainability - Policy and Practice (5 credits)
    • EM 620: Environmental Project Management (5 credits)
    • PP 630: Public and Private Partnerships (5 credits)
    • PP 640: Political and Economic Forces (5 credits)
    • SC 525: Environmental Risk Assessment I (5 credits)
    • SC 540: Biology of Pollution (5 credits)
    • SC 550: Conservation of Natural Resources (5 credits)
    • SC 560: Energy and Our Global Climate (5 credits)
    • SC 570: Ecological Interactions (5 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Environmental Policy program could pursue employment in government agencies, environmental consulting firms, or nonprofit organizations.* They could become involved in environmental policy development, environmental disaster management, or conservation practices.

Positions graduates could pursue include†:

  • Environmental specialist
  • Hazardous waste manager
  • Air/water quality manager
  • Environmental efficiency specialist

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