Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations

Graduate Specialization in Environmental Policy

The Graduate Specialization in Environmental Policy, which is administered by the College of Social Science, provides students with foundational skills and knowledge in environmental law, economics and policy and an opportunity to gain substantive expertise in the fundamental aspects of environmental policy.

The graduate specialization is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University.  With the approval of department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the master’s or doctoral degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the graduate specialization must consult the graduate advisor for the specialization in the College of Social Science.

Requirements for the Graduate Specialization in Environmental Policy

Complete a total of 9 credits from the following:

  1. Both of the following courses:
    AEC    829    The Economics of Environmental Resources  (3)
    PPL    807    Public Policy  (3)
  2. Complete 3 credits of additional course work that focus on policy that meets the interests of the student. The course must be approved by the student’s academic advisor for the specialization.
  3. Completion of an examination consisting of a paper on the environmental policy aspects of a problem selected by the student and approved by the advisor for the specialization.