The Department of Earth System Science and Policy at the University of North Dakota has numerous openings for students seeking a Masters of Environmental Management. Financial support is available to qualifying applicants, which generally includes a graduate research assistantship and tuition waiver. Funding for assistantships is provided through a sizable grant from NASA, and students receiving an assistantship work on a wide variety of research and applications projects.
The Earth System Science and Policy (ESSP) program is organized around the field of environmental sustainability and offers three degrees: Master of Environmental Management, M.S., and Ph.D. Sustainability science has emerged as an intellectually exciting, growing discipline that is a driving concept for major scientific and environmental policy efforts around the globe. By bridging theory with practice, global and local perspectives, and scientific and social disciplines, sustainability science seeks to meet the needs of society while sustaining the life support systems of the planet. The mission of the ESSP program is to provide an integrated and creative learning environment that fosters intellectual growth, critical thinking, and practical engagement in research and management of the Earth systems and resources. The ESSP program is a thematic one, emphasizing practical experience, student-centered learning, integration of knowledge across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and active dialogue both in and outside the classroom.
The MEM degree program is a professional degree for those seeking careers as environmental policymakers. Graduates of the MEM program will have a comprehensive knowledge of the principles of environmental and natural resource management, acquired through practical experience in an internship. ESSP alumni with MEM degrees have accepted jobs with private industry, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.
For more information, see the following websites:
The University of North Dakota: www.und.edu
The UND Graduate School: http://www.und. edu/dept/ grad/
UND Earth System Science and Policy: http://essp. und.edu/
Grand Forks Visitors Bureau: http://www.visitgra ndforks.com/ main.php
For students who are interested in applying, see:http://www.und. edu/dept/ grad/. There is no hard deadline for applications; however, early applications will receive top priority for admission.