Pursuing a Master of Arts in Environmental Policy (MAEP) is a great way to develop your research, writing and analytical skills while exploring and expanding your career opportunities in the field of environmental policy. The MAEP program, which is coordinated by the Environmental Policy Institute (EPI), offers a unique way to do this. It builds on Grenfell Campus’ core strengths in interdisciplinary environmental programming in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science and Sustainable Resource Management and prepares graduates to go on to careers in:
- Environmentally-oriented Government Departments/Agencies (federal, provincial, local, and Indigenous)
- Natural Resource and Environmental Management Companies
- Environmental Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
- Research, Teaching, Writing, and/or Academia
The MAEP program has been designed to help students learn how to integrate diverse fields of study and fill the gap in environmental policy expertise locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. It combines a Thesis-based Program (2 years) or a Research Paper-based Program (1 year) with an Internship to offer students a means of bridging the policy-science divide while providing a valuable experiential learning opportunity to ensure exposure to challenges faced by practitioners. This structure is attractive and relevant for both students and mid-career professionals seeking to upgrade their skills and credentials.
Who Should Apply and Why?
MAEP is specifically aimed at people wishing to gain expertise regarding contemporary environmental challenges and potential policy alternatives. The program provides both introductory and specialized modules in environmental policy, and as such we welcome applicants from a diverse range of academic backgrounds including humanities and social sciences, environmental sciences, law and society, business and engineering. MAEP also appeals to professionals already working in fields related to environmental policy. The part-time option allows these professionals to continue working while upgrading their credentials.
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