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Master of Arts in Environmental Studies

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  • Christine Lederer
  • Kristen Buccier
  • Jared Robbins
  • Keith Demerest
  • Michelle Leighty

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The Levin College is ranked 2nd in the nation in Urban Policy.

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University is recognized as one of the best public affairs colleges in the nation according to US News & World Report. Levin is ranked 2nd in the US in the specialty of Urban Planning and Policy, and maintains strong standings in the specialties of Local Government ManagementNonprofit Management, and Public Management and Leadership.


The Master of Arts in Environmental Studies program prepares students for careers that bridge the gap between environmental public policy, environmental science, and management professionals, to foster the integrity, diversity, and resilience of social-ecological systems and to shape them into sustainable human settlements.

The cross-disciplinary coursework provides a foundation in environmental policy, environmental science, urban sustainability, environmental law, engineering, and management, with curriculum in the following areas:

  • Environmental policy and administration
  • Ecosystem sciences
  • Environmental physics
  • Sustainable economic development
  • Geographic information systems principles and methods
  • Environmental finance and public sector economics
  • Environmental decision making
  • Leadership, management, and organizational behavior
  • Regional theory and analysis

The MA in Environmental Studies program requires 42 credit hours, including core courses, an area of specialization or electives, and a capstone. View the MA curriculum sheet to learn more.

Our mentoring program, internships, and additional networking opportunities enhance professional development, augment the student experience, and help advance careers.

We also offer a dual degree program, combining a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Juris Doctor from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Full-time students may earn both degrees in four years, rather than the five years required to earn the degrees separately.


Careers in Environmental Sustainability

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, what’s good for the earth may be good for your earnings, with wages in many environmental occupations well above the median annual wage and sometimes more than twice the overall median. Employment growth is expected over the next decade. Forbes recently recognized jobs in environmental sustainability to be among the fastest growing occupations in the US.

Graduates of the MA in Environmental Studies program are well-prepared for leadership roles in their communities’ efforts to protect, restore, and sustain environmental quality. Our graduates find successful careers in:

  • Environmental protection agencies at all government levels
  • Nonprofit environmental advocacy organizations
  • Environmental education organizations
  • State and national parks and recreation areas
  • Regional planning and resource agencies
  • Municipal government agencies
  • Private planning and environmental consulting firms
  • Watershed organizations
  • Law offices
  • Private industry


Streamlined Application Process and Courses that Fit Your Schedule

Application fees and standardized test score requirements are waived for spring 2022 applicants!

Levin’s graduate programs are designed to accommodate part-time, mid-career students, as well as full-time students. Courses are offered primarily during the evenings. Full-time students can complete their graduate degree in two academic years.


Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

The Levin College offers graduate assistantship opportunities and over thirty dedicated scholarships for Levin students. Graduate assistantships are competitive, providing a stipend and potential tuition support to qualified students.


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