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Environmental Advocacy & Education

In order to protect the environment on a global scale, everyone—not just scientists and policy makers—must be educated about and commit to environmental awareness. That’s where our environmental advocates and educators play an essential role. Environmental science is complex, and changing behaviors on a large scale is difficult. The Environmental Advocacy and Education concentration will train you to powerfully communicate with a wide range of audiences, helping the public to understand more about their world and inspiring communities large and small to work on behalf of the environment.

Students who choose the Environmental Advocacy and Education concentration go on to teach in classrooms, museums or nature center settings; write or create media as science journalists; research and write for think tanks; and work in a variety of nonprofit and for-profit media organizations.

Student research

Your capstone project is a culmination of your classroom, research and field experiences in the MES program. Your methods and results are unique to your professional and academic goals. Take a look at abstracts by recent MES students with a concentration in Environmental Advocacy and Education to understand the breadth of capstone topics and formats.

Every student in the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program creates a research poster designed to showcase their capstone project. The selection of posters listed below is representative of the range of research projects undertaken by recent students in the Environmental Advocacy and Education concentration.

Sample Environmental Advocacy and Education concentration courses

In the Environmental Advocacy and Education concentration, you will choose from a wide variety of courses in departments and graduate schools across the University. The following list provides some examples of courses that the program has approved for students to take as part of this concentration.

School/Department Courses
Department of Earth and Environmental Science (MES Home)
  • Foundations of Environmental Education
Urban Studies Program
  • Philanthropy and the City
  • Building Nonprofits from the Ground Up
  • Metropolitan Food Systems
  • City Limits: The Impact of Urban Policy
Fels Institute of Government
  • Fundraising for Nonprofit
  • Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Foundations and Grant Management
  • Leading Nonprofit Organizations
  • Government Relations (Lobbying)
Graduate School of Education
  • Education in Developing Countries
  • Science in Elementary/Middle School
Wharton School of Business
  • Risk Analysis and Environmental Management
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
School of Design
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
School of Social Policy & Practice
  • Community Mapping
  • Building Community Capacity

Application information

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You may apply to begin the Master of Environmental Studies degree during the fall or spring terms.

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Student & alumni stories

Student & Alumni Stories

"I'm doing a research together with UNICEF in their WASH programs. It's a very enriching experience to learn from people who have economic perspective on this issue." - Richa Desai (MES '17)

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