The Nelson Institute offers four interdisciplinary graduate degree programs and two graduate certificate programs for students with exceptional interest in researching and solving the most pressing environmental challenges.
Environment and Resources is ideal for students who wish to broaden their knowledge of natural resources or who seek special education in the technical, social or management aspects of environmental challenges. The program includes opportunities for customizable, interdisciplinary study not available in more traditional academic departments.
Water Resources Management prepares students for the complexities of managing this critical natural resource through training in biological and physical sciences, engineering, law and social sciences. Students gain breadth in relevant planning and management areas while developing an in-depth knowledge of an area of specialty.
Professional MS Programs
Environmental Conservation is a 15-month, 32-credit blended learning curriculum designed to train conservation leaders in practical interdisciplinary skills. The program helps early-career working professionals advance their leadership and environmental management expertise through campus learning and remote experiences.
The Environmental Observation and Informatics program provides training that is in demand by industry, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and academia. The program is rooted in the disciplines of environmental conservation, remote sensing and GIS, and informatics.
Culture, History and Environment explores environmental and cultural change across the full sweep of human history from diverse perspectives in the humanities and sciences.
The sustainability graduate certificate’s interdisciplinary curriculum considers environmental, economic, and social factors of sustainability. Students deepen their understanding of the complexities and solutions involved in addressing today’s most pressing challenges.