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Become an environmentally conscious, management-savvy social innovator.

In an era marked by profound social, economic, and environmental change, how do leaders, citizens, and decision makers navigate policy and business challenges? What kinds of knowledge and skills do the professionals of tomorrow need? The MBA/M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy dual-degree program at Clark University educates students to become environmental professionals prepared to make a difference in this complex global landscape.

Pairing an MBA with a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy is a potent combination, joining two different and essential sets of skills and sensibilities. Our students gain deep scientific knowledge, as well as technical and analytical skills – in combination with business, management, and finance capabilities. They work on exciting collaborations among businesses, nonprofits, communities, policymakers, and researchers. They focus on vital topics such as environmental science, environmental law, sustainable production and development, urban ecology, negotiation and mediation, and quantitative modeling. During and after their time at Clark, our students discover how to turn the challenges they encounter into opportunities for integrative, collaborative, sustainable enterprises, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Why an MBA/Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy  at Clark University?

  • Combine scientific knowledge (e.g. of climate change) and technical skills (such as GIS) with business and management acumen – a rare and much desired combination among employers.
  • Join both our AACSB-accredited the School of Management and our renowned International Development, Community, and Environment department.
  • Ranked #15 in the world for development studies, based on academic reputation. (QS World University Rankings, 2018)
  • Explore our ten transdisciplinary concentrations, which provide both breadth and depth in understanding issues and developing responses to them.

Finding Solutions One Day at a Time to Help Solve the World’s Problems

From her homeland in West Africa to the U.S., Claire Doualla wants to use her combined master’s degree in business administration and environmental science and policy to find solutions to address poverty.

You can’t save the world by yourself, but you can bring your fair share to the table. You can contribute by finding solutions to problems one day at a time.

The Essentials

Program Overview

The MBA/M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy program allows you to earn two degrees in three years.  Students complete the core requirements and electives for both academic programs.

Enrollment begins in the fall, and you have the chance to:

  • Take classes throughout the summer
  • Complete up to five courses that count toward both degrees

Our curriculum instills a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of environmental science and policy, as well as the management skills to lead successful projects and teams. You’ll combine theory and practice through intensive practicum courses, small seminar-style courses, internships, a Capstone project, and by working closely with business leaders and community groups.

Because some courses can overlap and count for both the M.S. and MBA degree, dual-degree students complete fewer elective courses than regular MBA students. Required coursework will provide you with an MBA concentration in Social Change; a dual concentration is optional, but would require 2-3 additional units of MBA elective coursework. You can also expand your horizons by taking courses from other programs or schools at Clark, where you will form connections with peers of diverse academic interests and perspectives.
ere you will form connections with peers of diverse academic interests and perspectives.

  • Examine and challenge conventional ideas, policies, technologies, and practices, such as U.S. energy policy or the U.N. sustainable development goals.
  • Apply knowledge and methods from the natural, social, and management sciences, including the ability to gather, analyze, and interpret diverse data: quantitative, qualitative, spatial (GIS), and ethnographic/narrative.
  • Forge collaborations among businesses, governmental agencies, NGOs, researchers, donors, and communities for a more sustainable, climate-resilient future.
  • Develop a systems-based understanding of an issue, as well as the creativity to envision and implement solutions with a team-oriented approach.
  • Communicate effectively to lead change in diverse domestic and international settings, and within social, political, cultural, economic, and ecological contexts.
  • Sustainable Development Assessment and Planning
  • Case Studies in Environmental Issues and Policy Analysis
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Leading Change
  • Sustainability Marketing
  • Data-Driven Decision Making


22.5 course units

  • 12.5 MBA course units
    • 11.5 core courses
    • 1 elective
  • 10 IDCE course units
    • 3 core courses
    • 7 electives

All dual degree students complete the MBA Social Change and Sustainability concentration. A second MBA concentration may be added with 2 additional units for the MBA.

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