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Addressing the global environmental crisis requires interdisciplinary training at the intersection of environmental science and international affairs to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and policy expertise. Georgetown University, with its academic strengths, resources, and strategic location, presents the Master of Science in Environment and International Affairs (MS-EIA) program to provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary education in this growing field.

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Secure a meaningful career with a positive impact on people and the planet through this flexible yet rigorous interdisciplinary degree from Georgetown University.

Grow your global environmental analysis skills

Georgetown’s MS-EIA degree integrates training in international affairs and the environmental sciences into a single interdisciplinary program where each course seamlessly integrates both disciplines for the common good. Program graduates will be equipped with the latest scientific and analytical tools combined with international perspective and experiences, and ready to pursue careers in public, private, nonprofit and international organizations. You will emerge with a global vision, a strong foundation in environmental justice and the skillset to realize a sustainable future.

Stand out with truly interdisciplinary training

Competitive Advantage: Stand out with uniquely interdisciplinary training, expertise in data analysis, GIS, remote sensing, and research methods, and practical work experience.
Meet Growing Demand: Capitalize on the growing number of roles demanding expertise in environmental studies, sustainable development, and climate change mitigation and adaptation at federal government agencies, international development banks, science policy institutions, and think tanks and NGOs.
Access Global Decision-Making: Take advantage of the program’s Washington DC location with unrivaled access to influential institutions such as governmental agencies, international development banks, and more where you can apply your global perspective.
Shape the Future of Our Planet: Make a lasting impact by promoting a greener economy and implementing the “right policies” to address global environmental challenges.

Explore the curriculum

MS-EIA at a glance

Number of credits

30

Coursework

4 core courses, experiential practica, electives

Duration

12 months

Application deadlines

Rolling Admissions until May 1

About the Program Partners

Science, Technology and International Affairs Program (STIA)

The Science, Technology and International Affairs Program (STIA) at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service was founded in 1982 to educate the next generation of leaders skilled in science and technology, create knowledge that will advance cross-cutting solutions for today’s most pressing issues, and drive innovation at the nexus of science and international affairs.  

The Earth Commons

The Earth Commons—Georgetown University’s Institute for Environment & Sustainability—shapes the future of our planet by building, supporting, and infusing environmental and sustainability research, education and action throughout the Georgetown University community and beyond.

The Georgetown School of Foreign Service

Founded in 1919, the Georgetown School of Foreign Service is a premier school of international affairs. SFS provides a rigorous education grounded in both theory and practice while instilling the Jesuit value of service.

The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


With a 200+ year history, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to advancing education and research. Committed to innovation with purpose, our graduate programs respond to the needs of our changing world.

MS-EIA is joint between Georgetown’s Earth Commons Institute, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Foreign Service’s Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) Program. Known for its excellence in training undergraduate students, STIA is at the forefront of confronting challenges at the nexus of policy, science, and technology. Meanwhile, the Earth Commons serves as a dynamic hub for environmental research, education, and service. Through the MS-EIA program, students benefit from the interdisciplinary strengths of these programs and their associated scholars, drawing upon a wide range of elective courses from various schools and departments across the university.