Master of Environmental Studies/Master of Public Administration (MES/MPA)

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Earn your Master of Environmental Studies and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) concurrently with the Fels Institute of Government. Many Master of Environmental Studies students go on to work in a range of nonprofit and government roles. Earning an MPA in addition to the environmental studies degree qualifies you to expertly navigate environmental management challenges in the government and nonprofit worlds. 

The Master of Environmental Studies grounds you in detailed environmental knowledge and provides an on-the-ground understanding of ecological issues. The MPA serves as a valuable complement, preparing you for leadership in government, nonprofit organizations and private firms engaged in public sector work. Environmental policy issues are ubiquitous across all parts of the public and nonprofit sectors, and the dual degree empowers you to embark on exciting careers where you leverage your unique expertise in environmental policy, resource management or the urban environment.

To begin the dual degree, you must apply and gain admission to both schools independently. Once admitted, you may choose the dual degree program.


The University will not admit a class to the Fels Full-Time MPA for Academic Year 2018-19. Admissions to the program are being paused for one year to allow faculty and staff time to modify the curriculum. If you have already applied and submitted an application fee for the Full-Time MPA, your application fee will be refunded.

Visit the Fels Institute of Government website for more information.

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