Global Environmental Politics

Master's Degree Programs in Global Environmental Policy and in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development


Welcome to the Global Environmental Politics Program Blog! 

The Global Environmental Politics program in the School of International Service at American University, Washington DC, provides a unique, specialized, and world-leading graduate environmental studies education.

Follow our blog to learn more about student experiences, faculty and student opinion pieces, our collective achievements, and alumni spotlights!

We have two Masters degree tracks:

Global Environmental Policy (GEP), for those interested in an interdisciplinary exploration of efforts to advance environmental protection.

Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRSD), a dual-degree program with the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, for those interested in studying environmental protection and international development from both the Global South and the Global North.

The GEP/NRSD Experience

Our faculty and community partners in Washington DC offer expertise in the politics of sustainable development, energy, climate change, agriculture, urban design, freshwater issues, environmental conflict and peacemaking, and much more.

Our courses are connected by concern about environmental justice and ethics and the pursuit of effective forms of response to global environmental change.

Join the Global Environmental Politics Masters programs at American University’s School of International Service to:

  1. Work for environmental and social wellbeing in ways that matter.
  2. Receive a world class graduate environmental studies education, working with field-leading faculty and accomplished peers.
  3. Learn skills necessary to translate your passion in environmental protection and sustainability into a meaningful profession.
  4. Belong to a university that is a world leader in graduate environmental and sustainability education and practice.
  5. Insert yourself into Washington, DC, the center of political life in the United States and a global city with several nationally and internationally focused environmental NGOs.

The Global Environmental Politics program is dedicated to producing the next generation of environmental leaders.  Contact us to learn more!