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JMIE's Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management (EPM)

UC Davis is excited to announce a new Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management (EPM) degree program at the John Muir Institute of the Environment. We are now accepting applications for students to start in the fall of 2017.

EPM program training focuses on the application of environmental science to real-world environmental policy and management issues. The program leverages the position of UC Davis as among the world’s strongest campuses in environmental research and science.

The EPM program uniquely targets students with scientific and engineering backgrounds who seek applied professional careers in environmental policy and management.  The program is ideal for early and mid-career professionals given the availability of an accelerated one-year program.

“This program will leverage the position of UC Davis as one of the world’s strongest campuses in policy-relevant environmental research,” said Michael Springborn, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. “We are looking for highly motivated students with scientific and engineering backgrounds who seek applied professional careers in environmental policy and management.”

Springborn is the faculty coordinator for the new program, which will be housed within the John Muir Institute of the Environment. Students admitted to the program can expect to receive advanced training in applying environmental science to real-world environmental policy and management issues, such as climate change, species conservation and water management. Graduates of the program will have the quantitative skills necessary to integrate technical and scientific expertise in a social-political-natural context to provide effective environmental policy and management solutions.

Springborn said the EPM program is designed to address needs in several areas:

  • Students and employers often ask for better and more formal preparation to bridge the differences between scientific academic background and policy and management work, with emphasis on communicating technical information in various management and policy contexts.
  • Increased attention is being placed on the co-development of science for policy and management. Doing so requires training individuals with the interdisciplinary skills to understand both communities.
  • Environmental problem solving increasingly requires more analytical capability within a political and economic decision-making framework.
  • Real and rigorous problem-solving skills involving analysis, communication, and negotiation are needed for students with scientific backgrounds involved in policy-making and management positions.

The priority application deadline to guarantee consideration for acceptance into EPM is January 15, 2017. The prospective student fellowship application deadline also is January 15. No applications will be accepted after April 15. To learn more about EPM and to apply, please visit the EPM website (http://mepm.ucdsitefarm.acsitefactory.com/) for details on applying to the program.

Additional collaborators include: Jay Lund, Director, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences; Mark Schwartz, Director Emeritus, John Muir Institute of the Environment; John Eadie, Chair, Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology.

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