Environmental Studies Master’s & Doctoral Programs

The world needs you now…

…to preserve biodiversity, work for environmental justice, reinvigorate science education, guide communities in planning for climate change, and promote sustainable practices in organizations, schools, and businesses. This is our mission and commitment to our students. Come earn your Masters or PhD in Environmental Studies at one of the oldest most progressive institutions in higher education, and be part of the mission.

Complete Your MS in 16 to 20 Months or Your PhD in 4-5 Years

AUNE’s Master of Science in Environmental Studies is a 42-credit program that can be completed in five semesters. The 30-credit Master of Science in Resource Management and Conservation can be completed in four semesters. The Environmental Studies PhD is a 69-credit program that can be completed in 4-5 years. We also offer tuition savings to our master’s students who are accepted into our doctoral program.

No GREs Required

The Department of Environmental Studies does not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. Our application invites you to demonstrate your academic potential in ways that don’t reduce your potential to a single number.

Learn from Faculty Who Love to Teach

Our faculty are committed, first and foremost, to creating great learning opportunities. Student-centered experiential learning is an important part of our curriculum identity. You’ll find our faculty working along-side students in the field and in the classroom, digging soil pits, mapping forest composition, tracking wildlife, writing regulatory policies, developing advocacy campaigns, and teaching.

Combine Your Graduate Study with Peace Corps Service

Environmental Studies In partnership with the Peace Corps, Antioch University New England offers the opportunity to combine Peace Corps service with master’s or doctoral study in the Department of Environmental Studies as part of the Peace Corps Master’s International program. Earn 9-12 credits, tuition-free (a savings of $9,000-$15,000), while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and pursuing your passion in international community work and environmental studies.–>

Choose a Professional Science Master’s Option

Environmental Studies - Professional Science Master's Help meet the demand for leaders in science- and math-related fields by earning a master’s degree recognized as a Professional Science Master’s. The Environmental Studies Master’s of Science (ESMS) Program has been approved for recognition as a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) by the Council of Graduate Schools. Environmental Studies Masters students can choose to follow either the PSM track of studies or the non-PSM track of studies. The PSM is only available to Master’s students.

Learn PSM track requirements and details here.

Build Your Résumé and Career Networks

Join a department of 250-300 Environmental Studies graduate students and you’ll find networking is the norm. Connect theory with practice and develop even more networks by fulfilling your environmental career dreams through internships, a masters thesis, a masters project, a collaborative service initiative, or at the doctoral level a service learning experience and your doctoral research. Create and install a loon-nesting platform, research the spread of an invasive  species, teach ecology at a residential learning center, meet with stakeholders on the siting of a new mall, help town managers prepare for the impacts of climate change, or student teach in middle and high school life and environmental science classes.  You imagine the possibilities, and we’ll do everything we can to support you.

 What We (the ES Faculty & Staff) Think is Special

  • We highly value face-to-face learning
  • We love the intimacy of a cohort-based learning community that is embedded in a larger community of environmental disciplines and careers
  • We prefer experiential learning
  • We like to keep our office doors open
  • We want to be called by our first names
  • We’re glad students can review past students’ evaluations of our courses
  • We are committed to consensus-based decision-making. It’s part of our DNA; it always has been
  • We believe students can reach their full potential in supportive, non-competitive learning environments
  • We want interdisciplinary thinking to be at the core of our identity
  • We prefer helpful evaluation rubrics and faculty-student feedback loops over traditional grading systems
  • We want the co-chairs of the Student Alliance to participate fully in our Department meetings
  • We create playful, serious, rigorous, and collaborative classes
  • We are large enough to be vibrant and small enough to be personal
Environmental Studies Faculty & Staff Retreat

Environmental Studies Faculty & Staff Retreat

Field Study

Study forest and alpine ecosystems in the White Mountains of NH and the Adirondacks, coastal ecosystems of Cape Cod, MA, tropical ecology and conservation in Costa Rica, and ecology, conservation, and management in Florida’s Gulf coast.   Optional field study trips provide expanded opportunities for learning.

When roads turn to rivers, communities need to be prepared.

Northeast-Climate-Change-Preparedness-ConferenceCommunity preparedness matters in handling severe weather and building resilient communities. AUNE, with the U.S. EPA, at Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference, will address this global issue at a local level, where we feel it most. Join us.