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Bard College: New York Campus — Center for Environmental Policy

Program Type:
Master's International
Center for Environmental Policy
Degrees Awarded:
Climate Science and Policy (MS), Environmental Policy (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:

Mid-January (priority); Mid-March (regular)

Admissions Cycle:


Program Start:
End of August
Program Founded:
June, 2003


MI participants enter the job market with the unique combination of an advanced degree and two years of substantive professional experience in an international setting. Bard MI students are prepared for a wide variety of professional careers as policy analysts, project managers, and environmental specialists for government, research think tanks, public interest groups, conservation organizations, law firms, industry, media, and green business. Others may accept positions as program officers in foundations and corporations; environmental educators or researchers in schools, libraries and museums; public advocates; and consultants.

Bard MI students are granted a 10-credit tuition fellowship for Peace Corps service. In addition to the 10 transcript credits applied upon completion of PC service, students complete a 2-credit master's thesis proposal with long distance faculty guidance and approval.


Students successfully completing the program requirements will receive a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in environmental policy. The M.S. program requires three semesters in residence at Bard the first year is comprised of interdisciplinary courses in environmental and natural resource economics, environmental science, policy and law, with intensive courses in statistics and GIS; the final semester, which MI students take after their completion of service, includes a master's thesis and courses in communication and leadership.

The Bard CEP curriculum is uniquely modular; courses move progressively through several topics all concurrently addressing the same environmental theme. Topics covered include air and atmosphere; water and fisheries; land, forest, and soil; biological diversity; energy; agriculture; urban systems; industrial ecology; and risks to human health. For more information about our curriculum, visit:http://www.bard.edu/cep/curriculum.


Candidates for admission must have a bachelor's degree, a completed online application with a $65 application fee, three letters of recommendation, official transcript(s) of all undergraduate work and graduate courses (official copies and certified translation for foreign students), and Graduate Record Examination scores.

Prerequisite courses include: one semester of college algebra, statistics, chemistry, and one additional semester of chemistry, biology, physics, or earth science.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Molly Williams
MI Coordinator

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