M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy
Offered through Clark’s International Development, Community and Environment Department (IDCE), our pioneering, STEM*-designated Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy is an innovative degree program that bridges the environment, technology, society and development. Strengthening these connections meets a pressing need to train professionals who can creatively integrate different kinds of knowledge among different social groups in diverse settings.
*Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
- Learning within the context of our renowned International Development, Community and Environment Department.
- Enjoying Clark’s academic freedom and creativity: a small research university with small classes, close interaction with faculty and an excellent reputation in the environmental field.
- Valuable experience working alongside faculty in partnership with affected communities, policy makers and businesses.
- A curriculum tailored to your interests, with a strong scientific-technical base.
- Recognition as No. 27 in Top 50 Schools for Environmental Sustainability by Net Impact in 2014.
- STEM approved. Students who graduate with a STEM degree may be eligible to remain in the United States for up to 36 months on Optional Practical Training (OPT
International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE) Department Merit Fellowships
IDCE offers merit-based fellowships to qualified U.S. and international students who have demonstrated leadership in their work experience and have excellent academic qualifications. Fellowships include:
- IDCE Fellowships: 75 to 100 percent tuition-remission award. An important circle of scholars within the IDCE community, IDCE Fellows search for thoughtful, realistic and innovative approaches to international development, advancing social change, building community and promoting environmental sustainability.
Special Program Fellowships
IDCE partners with outside programs to offer these special fellowships:
- Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program: IDCE partners with the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (formerly Fellows/USA) to provide returning Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) with scholarships covering 50 percent of tuition; at least one exceptional student receives full tuition remission. To fulfill their service requirement, Fellows work with the IDCE Career Development Office to complete a supervised professional internship (either for credit, as part of a course or outside of degree requirements) with a local community organization. Fellows also may work with Clark’s Community Engagement Office to complete volunteer activities. Fellows also will be considered for paid assistantships. When applying to IDCE, check the appropriate box to be considered for a fellowship; there is no separate application. In addition, application fees are waived for RPCVs, although applicants must provide some form of verification of service at the time of the application in order to waive the fee.
- AmeriCorps Alumni Fellowships: IDCE offers fellowships covering at least 40 percent of tuition to all AmeriCorps alumni admitted to an IDCE graduate program. This fellowship includes and often exceeds the match provided by the AmeriCorps education award. In addition, each year IDCE awards at least one full tuition-free fellowship to an AmeriCorps alum of extraordinary merit. When applying to IDCE, check the appropriate box to be considered for a fellowship; there is no separate application. To waive the application fee, applicants must provide some form of verification of service at the time of the application.
- Teach for America Fellowships: IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships for all Teach for Americaalumni admitted to one of IDCE’s graduate programs. Awards cover at least 40 percent of tuition for up to two years in which the student is enrolled in the department. When applying to IDCE, check the appropriate box to be considered for a fellowship; there is no separate application.
- World Teach Fellowships: IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships to all admitted World Teachalumni. When applying to IDCE, check the appropriate box to be considered for a fellowship; there is no separate application.
- City Year Scholarship: IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships worth at least 40 percent tuition remission to City Year alumni admitted to a graduate program. In addition, IDCE awards at least one 75 percent competitive fellowship annually to a City Year alum of extraordinary merit. When applying to IDCE, check the appropriate box to be considered for a fellowship; there is no separate application. To waive the application fee, applicants must provide some form of verification of service at the time of the application.
- Compton Fellowships: In the past, IDCE has awarded Environment and Sustainable Development Fellowships from the Compton Foundation. The award enables students to carry out research projects on environmental management and sustainable development. Typically, there are four available fellowships for each incoming class (valued at $10,000 each). The primary goals of the Compton Graduate Fellowship Program are to increase developing countries’ professional capacity in peace and security, population and reproductive health and environment and sustainability and to promote research-based linkages between these three fields. IDCE’s Compton Fellowships support early-to-mid-career professionals from sub-Saharan Africa, Mexico and Central America.
- Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) Alumni Fellowships: IDCE provides partial tuition fellowships worth at least 40 percent tuition remission to all FSD alumni who have six months or more of service abroad and who are admitted to one of IDCE’s graduate programs.
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