Program Overview

The Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management (EPM) program, affiliated with the John Muir Institute of the Environment, provides advanced training in applying environmental science to real-world environmental policy and management issues. The program leverages the position of UC Davis as among the world’s strongest campuses in environmental and natural resources research and science.

The EPM program sets itself apart by targeting students with scientific and engineering backgrounds who seek applied professional careers in environmental policy and management.   The focus is on building quantitative skills for practice-oriented careers in environmental policy and management. 

Graduates of this program will be equipped to integrate technical and scientific expertise in a social-political-natural context to provide effective environmental policy and management solutions.  The EPM program is designed to address needs in several areas:

  • Students and employers often ask for better and more formal preparation to bridge the differences between scientific academic background and policy and management work, with emphasis on communicating technical information in various management and policy contexts.
  • Increased attention is being placed on the co-development of science for policy and management. Doing so requires training individuals with the interdisciplinary skills to understand both communities.
  • Environmental problem solving increasingly requires more analytical capability within a political and economic decision-making framework.
  • Real and rigorous problem-solving skills involving analysis, communication, and negotiation are needed for students with scientific backgrounds involved in policy-making and management positions.

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