Admissions & Degree Requirements

The EPM program prepares graduates to integrate technical and scientific expertise to provide effective environmental policy and management solutions. Our program emphasizes preparation for student's transitions into their professional careers.

Admissions Requirements

If you are interested in applying for the EPM program you can find all the details here. In short, you will need:

  • A bachelor's degree
  • Statement of purpose
  • Personal History/Diversity Statement
  • GRE scores
  • Official transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • TOEFL scores if your native language is not English unless your instruction was in English
  • Prerequisites Course History form
  • Application fee
Members of the EPM class of 2019 and faculty at Fall 2017 orientation.
Members of the EPM class of 2019 and faculty at Fall 2017 orientation.

Ideally, our students will have a scientific, engineering or technical baccalaureate degree, including courses in introductory environmental sciences, calculus and statistics. If you don't have a STEM degree, you should consider whether you have the necessary preparatory coursework for the program relative to the prerequisites discussed here.

Some important things to note are that students are enrolled as cohorts starting each fall (so there are no mid-year enrollments). This program is typically completed in two years but there is an accelerated 12 month option available. Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and preferably have GRE minimum scores of 60% Quantitative, 60% Verbal and 50% Analytical Writing, although exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. We have a holistic application processes, meaning the Admissions Committee looks at all aspects of a potential student's application including relevant work experience.

You can view the entire EPM Approved Degree Requirements document here.

Course Requirements

Core Courses

The program is typically completed in 2 academic years and one summer (19 months) though we also offer a 12 month option. Core courses for this program include: 

  • ENV 200- Analysis of Environmental Policy I, II & III
  • ENV 201- Environmental Law
  • ENV 202- Administration and Management
  • ENV 203- Policy Clinic (two quarters)
  • ENV 297- Professional Development Seminar (each quarter)

You can view more information regarding course descriptions here. The program also requires an internship as a practice-oriented and mentored capstone (ENV 296; 6 units). This practicum is a way for students to integrate and apply their coursework to problems in an applied professional setting. The practicum projects vary, but will typically involve an internship outside of UC Davis. Students have the option to distribute the 6 practicum units over one, two or three quarters. 

Michael, an EPM student, presents his career aspirations for the Professional Development Seminar.
EPM student presents career aspirations as a part of the Professional Development Seminar.

Exclusive of ENV 297 (Professional Development Seminar) the total course requirement is 39 units. Students enroll in ENV 297 for every quarter they are in attendance. This brings the total course requirement to 42 units for students completing the accelerated 12 month program or 45 units for students completing the two year plan.

Students are required to obtain a grade of B- or above in all required courses, including the Policy Clinics. If a student receives a grade of C+ or lower in any required course, the course must be retaken and satisfy the minimum grade requirement (B-) in order to satisfy program requirements.

Elective Courses

The program requires that students take one elective in quantitative analysis. Examples can include:

  • Statistics for non-statistics majors (e.g., STA 100, Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences)
  • Approaches to quantitative analysis (e.g., ANT 298, Statistical Rethinking)
  • Non-statistical quantitative methods (e.g., ABT 181N, Concepts and Methods in GIS)

It is permissible for the quantitative elective to be an undergraduate 100 level course. However, if students choose to do that we suggest that they also take a graduate level quantitative elective. 

At least one additional 3 unit elective is required. Students are encouraged to take additional electives to develop a specialization related to their career interests.

Specializations

EPM specializations are optional and generally intended for those completing the program in 2 years. Upon completion the specialization will be listed next to the student's name on the EPM website.

Requirements:
  • Complete 9 units of coursework in one of the specializations listed below (a minimum of 6 hours at the graduate level).
  • Courses must be pre-approved with your Faculty Advisor to count towards the specialization.
  • The required elective and required quantitative course cannot count towards the specialization. Students may obtain more than one specialization, however a course may count towards only one specialization. 
Social Systems
Natural Systems
Quantitative Tools
Environmental & Resource Economics Conservation Management Geospatial Information Science
Politics & the Policy Process Climate Change Science & Policy Statistics & Data Analysis
City & Regional Planning Water Resource Management  
Energy & Transportation Planning Marine Resource Management  
  Food Systems & Sustainable Agriculture  
 

Typical Two-Year Timeline of Completion

Year 1
Fall
Winter
Spring
ENV 200A - Analysis I (4 units) ENV 200B - Analysis II (4 units) ENV 200C - Analysis III (4 units)
ENV 202 - Env. Admin & Management (4 units) Quantitative Analysis or Elective (3 units) Quantitative Analysis or Elective (3 units)
ENV 297 - Professional Development Seminar (1 unit) ENV 297 - Professional Development Seminar (1 unit) ENV 297 - Professional Development Seminar (1 unit)
Elective Opportunities Elective Opportunities 

Elective Opportunities

Total: 9 units + electives Total: 8 units + electives Total: 8 units + electives
Year 2
Fall
Winter
Spring
ENV 201 - Environmental Law (3 units) ENV 203 - Policy Clinic (4 units) ENV 203 - Policy Clinic (4 units)
ENV 296 - Practicum (2 units)  ENV 296 - Practicum (2 units)  ENV 296 - Practicum (2 units)
ENV 297 - Professional Development Seminar (1 unit) ENV 297 - Professional Development Seminar (1 unit) ENV 297 - Professional Development Seminar (1 unit)
Elective opportunities Elective opportunities Elective opportunities
Total: 6 units + electives Total: 7 units + electives  Total: 7 units + electives

Accelerated 12 Month Completion Option

Fall Winter Spring Summer &/ or Fall
ENV 200A - Analysis I (4 units) ENV 200B - Analysis II (4 units) ENV 200C - Analysis III (4 units) ENV 296 - Practicum (6 units)
ENV 201 - Environmental Law (3 units) ENV 203 - Policy Clinic (4 units) ENV 203 - Policy Clinic (4 units)  
ENV 202 - Env Admin. & Management (4 units) Quantitative Analysis or elective (3 units) Quantitative Analysis or elective (3 units)  
ENV 297 - Professional Development Seminar (1 unit) ENV 297 - Professional Development Seminar (1 unit) ENV 297 - Professional Development Seminar (1 unit)  
Total: 12 units Total: 12 units Total: 12 units Total: 6 units

Advancement to Candidacy

All students need to see the Program Coordinator to file their application to advance to candidacy. Students need to have completed 21 units of study and their Faculty Adviser needs to have approved drafts of the student's Professional Development Plan and Practicum Proposal for consideration by the CEC. This typically takes place during the Spring quarter of year 1. 

Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive exam entails fulfilling all program requirements, which include meeting the minimum GPA in required courses and satisfactory completion of four written reports:

  • Professional Development Plan
  • Practicum Proposal
  • Policy Clinic project report
  • Practicum report

Approval of these four reports by the Comprehensive Examination Committee constitutes passing of the exam.

If any component of these materials is less than satisfactory, the student will be asked to also have an oral exam that can include a basic understanding of the principles of the material, or an evaluation of the student's written products. The committee will determine if the student has learned the necessary tools with which they can succeed in their professional development plan. 

Students who do not pass the exam can be:

  • Asked to engage in individual study to fulfill deficiencies in knowledge
  • Retake classes

Students would be required to retake the exam. Failure will also trigger an explanation from the program course instructors regarding student performance. A second failure results in a recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the student be disqualified from the program.

EPM students participate in mock negotiation for ENV 201- Environmental Law
EPM students participate in a mock negotiation for ENV 201 - Environmental Law

 

Advising

Students are advised by: 

The program chair, academic coordinator, and faculty advisors all work with students to assess career aspirations and develop plans for professional development. The Comprehensive Exam Committee evaluates student proposals as well as reports from clinic and practicum work. 

For additional questions, please visit our FAQ page.