Environmental Studies @ AUNE
Earn your Masters or PhD in Environmental Studies at one of the oldest most progressive institutions in higher education. All are welcome to participate in our learning community.
Learn from Faculty Who Love to Teach
Our faculty are committed, first and foremost, to creating great learning opportunities. Student-centered experiential learning is an important part of our curriculum identity. You’ll find our faculty working alongside students in the field and in the classroom, digging soil pits, mapping forest composition, tracking wildlife, writing regulatory policies, developing advocacy campaigns, and teaching.
Build Your Career Networks
Join a department of passionate, energetic Environmental Studies faculty and graduate students who study in a collaborative inclusive learning environment. Connect theory with practice and develop networks through internships, individual or group capstone experiences, service learning experience, and research.
Our students’ projects are diverse and relevant in today’s changing world. For example you could create and install a loon-nesting platform, research the spread of an invasive species, teach ecology at a residential learning center, meet with stakeholders on the siting of a new mall, help town managers prepare for the impacts of climate change, or student teach in middle and high school life and environmental science classes. You imagine the possibilities, and we’ll do everything we can to support you.
Complete Your MS in 16 to 20 Months or Your PhD in 4-5 Years
AUNE’s Master of Science in Environmental Studies is a 36-credit program that can be completed in five semesters. The 30-credit Master of Science in Resource Management and Conservation can be completed in four semesters. The Environmental Studies PhD is a 69-credit program that can be completed in 4-5 years. We also offer tuition savings to our master’s students who are accepted into our doctoral program.
No GREs Required
The Department of Environmental Studies does not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We invite you to demonstrate your academic potential in ways that don’t reduce your potential to a single number.
What you’ll find in AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies:
- We highly value face-to-face learning
- We love the intimacy of a cohort-based learning community that is embedded in a larger community of environmental disciplines and careers
- We prefer experiential learning
- We like to keep our office doors open
- We want to be called by our first names
- We’re glad students can review past students’ evaluations of our courses
- We are committed to consensus-based decision-making. It’s part of our DNA; it always has been
- We believe students can reach their full potential in supportive, non-competitive learning environments
- We want interdisciplinary thinking to be at the core of our identity
- We prefer helpful evaluation rubrics and faculty-student feedback loops over traditional grading systems
- We want the co-chairs of the Student Alliance to participate fully in our Department meetings
- We create playful, serious, rigorous, and collaborative classes
- We are large enough to be vibrant and small enough to be personal
Study forest and alpine ecosystems in the White Mountains of NH and the Adirondacks, coastal ecosystems of Cape Cod, MA, tropical ecology and conservation in Costa Rica, and ecology, conservation, and management in Florida’s Gulf coast or the desert southwest. Optional field study trips provide expanded opportunities for learning.
When roads turn to rivers, communities need to be prepared.
Community preparedness matters in handling severe weather and building resilient communities. AUNE, with the U.S. EPA, at Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference, will address this global issue at a local level, where we feel it most. Join us.