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Bard College: New York Campus — Bard Center for Environmental Policy

Program Type:
Coverdell Fellows
Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Degrees Awarded:
Climate Science and Policy (MS), Environmental Policy (MS), Professional Certificate
Admissions Deadlines:

Early deadline January 15, Regular deadline March 15, Final deadline May 15.
Fellows applicants should apply normally to the M.S. in environmental policy or the M.S. in climate science and policy. Although not required, Bard anticipates that selected Fellows will have worked on environmental projects during their service overseas with the Peace Corps. Applicants have until May 15, 2011 to finalize their admissions materials and submit them to Bard CEP.

Admissions Cycle:

Admission is for the fall semester only. Notification of Peace Corps Fellows awards adhere to the Bard CEP admission calendar.

Program Start:
August 19, 2011
Program Founded:
January, 2011


Fellows selected for the program will receive a 10-credit tuition waiver for their Peace Corps service and will receive at least 33% tuition remission in their first year, a financial aid package amounting to more than $17,000.

Tuition and Fees for First-Year Students and Professional Certificate Candidates (Academic Year 2011-12)
Tuition $30,424; Fellows Tuition $20,384
Registration Fee $100
Facilities Fee $150
Total $30,674; Fellows Total $20,634

Tuition and Fees for Second-Year Students (Academic Year 2011-12)
Tuition $20,335; Fellows Tuition $12,514
Registration Fee $100
Facilities Fee $150
Graduation Fee $110
Total $20,695; Fellows Total $12,514


With climate change, renewable energy, and other critical environmental concerns at the forefront of public attention and policy discussions across the globe, Bard College and the Peace Corps have teamed up to offer a unique program for returned Peace Corps volunteers to earn a master of science degree in climate science and policy or in environmental policy. Both degrees are two years and consist of one year of interdisciplinary course work at Bard, followed a full-time internship and thesis in the second year.

The overriding goal of Bard CEPs graduate training is to provide access to the knowledge, tools, methods of inquiry, courage, and ambition necessary to create effective policies on the scale that these extraordinary times demand. Toward this end, the curriculum is designed to integrate scientific foundations of environmental policy making, ecosystem functions, environmental systems analysis, environmental economics, natural resource economics, law and regulation enforcement and compliance mechanisms, political processes and institutional arrangements, human and ecosystem health, ethical and moral dimensions of policy and environmental stewardship, stakeholder engagement, statistical analysis, research methodology, geographic information systems, multimedia communication strategies, and leadership training.



Applicants are accepted into the graduate program based on an assessment of various components: record of academic achievement, prior college coursework, letters of reference, work and career experiences, voluntary activities, and professional goals.

Completed online application:

  • Personal statement
  • Sample of written work (3 - 4 pages)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Application fee ($65.00)

Submittal of supplemental materials:

  • Official transcripts
  • GRE scores

Completed financial aid forms:

  • FAFSA or International Student Financial Aid Application/Certificate of Finances

The Bard CEP graduate program is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in the environmental policy arena with in-depth knowledge and skills in qualitative and quantitative disciplines. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program, there are no specific requirements concerning the applicant's prior field of study. However, applicants should have successfully completed college courses in algebra, chemistry, statistics, and one additional physical science course. Climate science and policy applicants must also complete calculus. Students lacking any of the prerequisites are encouraged to apply for admission, and if accepted will work with admissions staff to identify necessary courses to fill these gaps before entering the program.

For inquiries about Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, call 855.855.1961 x1440.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Molly Williams
Admissions Coordinator

Bard Center for Environmental Policy
30 Campus Rd.
P.O. Box 5000
(845) 758-7071
(845) 758-7636