In today’s interconnected world, those who lead for the greater good must possess knowledge in various fields and be able to apply that knowledge where change most often occurs – at the intersections of science, policy, and society. As a graduate of the Environmental Management concentration, you will be well prepared for a number of roles—from environmental consultant and scientist to data or project manager. You will be poised for professional success in virtually any setting—whether in the United States or around the world, in the private or public sector, and at any level of government.
STUDENTS FOCUSED ON ENVRIONMENTAL MANGEMENT, FALL ‘18
FACULTY: STUDENT RATIO
MPA-MSES PLACEMENT RATE
A strong skill bases
Our signature dual degree program combines rigorous scientific training with one of the nation’s best masters programs in policy and management for a powerful and flexible combination of skills—positioning you at the crucial intersection of science, policy, and society. All dual MPA-MSES students must take the core requirements from both the MPA and the MSES degrees program.
Add in-depth knowledge and detail
This concentration integrates the competencies of environmental science with management and policy. Students will master the concepts required for environmental management – science, law, policy, economics, and communication – and combine those concepts with robust knowledge of the state-of-the-art tools needed for implementation. In addition to your required MPA and MSES core course, you’ll take 24 credit hours (8 courses) of concentration focused courses.
- Required courses
- You will select four of the following courses (12 credit hours required).
- Fundamentals of Air Pollutions (E 515)
- Environmental Toxicology (E 520)
- Forest Ecology & Management (E 528)
- Aquatic Chemistry (E 539)
- Wetlands Ecology & Management (E 540)
- Hazardous Materials (E 542)
- Lake and Watershed Management (E 545)
- Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (E 562)
- Natural Resource Management & Policy (R 643)
- Personalize your program
(12 credit hours required)
You’ll choose your remaining 4 courses from three elective areas; Science-Focused Electives, Law, Management, and Policy Focused Electives, and Tools Electives. At least two must come from Law, Management, and Policy-Focused electives.Science Focused Electives
- Water Quality Modeling (E 502)
- Restoration Ecology (E 534)
- Subsurface Microbiology and Bioremediation (E 544)
- Groundwater Flow Modeling (E 554)
- Toxicology in the 21st Century (E 555)
- Organize Pollutants: Environmental Chemistry and Fate (E 574)
- Energy Systems (E 574)
- Climate Change Impacts on Natural Resources (E 591 /R 591)
- Rick Communication (E 512)
- Water Law (R 531)
- Public Natural Resources Law (R 533)
- Environmental Economics and Policy (R 625)
- Natural Resources Management and Policy (R 643)
- Environmental Law (R 645)
- Energy Economics and Policy (R674)
- Water Policy and Economics (V 550)
- Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (E 518)
- Applications of Geographic Information Systems (E 529)
- Environmental Risk Analysis (E 560)
- Public Management Information Systems (I 516)
- Negotiations and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (M 547)
- Public Program Management and Contracting (M 654)
Experiential learning that makes an impact
The SPEA MSES program offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You'll benefit from experiential leaning, typically through an approved internship. What's more, your concentration's course work will culminate in a project-oriented course— a SPEA Capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program, gaining practical career experience before you graduate.
Current and past placements and internships
SPEA’s dedicated Career Development Office (CDO) will assist you as you seek an internship or post-graduate employment, and our alumni community is an excellent lead source.
- Some of SPEA’s current and past placements and internships:
- City of Bloomington Utilities
- Nuclear Energy Institute
- Indiana Department of Environmental Management
- Natural Conservancy
- Indiana Department of Natural Resources
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
- Center for Biological Diversity
- EEC Horizon
- Grant Thorton
For a large list of SPEA’s internship placements and employment placements, check out the CDO’s Explore Careers & Outcome page.
Gain real-world experience while still in school
You can join the SPEA Environmental Management & Sustainable Development Association, one of many professional student organizations that offer networking and current information on events in the industry.
Learn from faculty with expertise and experience in environmental management
Marc L. Lame
Vicky J. Meretsky
Taylor Elliott-DelBuono, MPA-MSES’ 17
SPEA has truly changed the way I see the world and its environmental problems. I feel better equipped to manage for our current and future needs with the skills I’ve gained during my years here.