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Environmental Policy, Management, and Law (EPML)

The EPML program can be taken as either a stand-alone graduate certification program or as a concentration within the school’s Master of Public Administration curriculum.   

Non-degree students can earn the Certificate in EPML by successfully completing 15 credit hours from courses offered and approved by the faculty of the Program Concentration.

* For more information on the Environmental Policy Management and Law concentration, please complete a request for more information form on our website.


Understanding our environment requires an understanding of relationships. In environmental science, it means understanding relationships within ecosystems and how human behavior affects them. In EPML, it means understanding how the environment is affected by relationships between various entities, including:

  • legislatures
  • administrative agencies
  • courts
  • federal, state, and local governments
  • government and the nonprofit and private sectors
  • government and the public it has been established to serve

Some students in the EPML program already work in an environmental agency or private sector firm subject to environmental regulation. Those without public sector work experience serve an internship in an environmental agency or related nonprofit organization at the local, state, federal, or international level. 

Degree plan

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