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The complexity of global environmental challenges requires decision makers with both international affairs and environmental sciences training. Explore the degree’s unique coursework offered on Georgetown’s historic Washington, DC campus, as well as the in-demand degree concentrations to prepare you for a future of interdisciplinary collaboration and changemaking.


Students in this program have the opportunity to go beyond the core curriculum and develop expertise in a specific area related to environmental and energy challenges by choosing one of three concentrations. These concentrations cater to students’ academic interests and career goals, preparing them for specialized roles in various employment sectors. To fulfill the requirements, students must take at least one science or technology elective and at least one politics or policy elective. Alternatively, they have the option to develop a personalized concentration in consultation with the program director.

1. Global Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy

This concentration provides students with the knowledge base and tools to identify the implications of energy policy choices and to pathways to a sustainable energy future. Pictured: sample curriculum.

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2. Global Environmental Science and Policy

This concentration provides students with a background in the environmental sciences including atmospheric and oceans science and the implications for global environmental change. 

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3. Environmental Science and International Security

This concentration provides students with an understanding of food, energy and water insecurity and their impact on the global landscape.

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Within each concentration, at least 1 elective must be a science or technology course, and at least 1 must be a politics or policy course.

Course TypeNameCodeCredits
CoreScience of Global Environmental Challenges IECo XXX4
CoreScience of Global Environmental Challenges IIECo XXX4
CoreGlobal Environmental Politics and SecurityECo XXX3
CoreCapstone SeminarECo XXX1
CoreGlobal Capstone CourseECo XXX3
SkillsEnergy Analysis and Energy Modeling (NEW)1
SkillsEnvironmental Storytelling (NEW)1
SkillsGeographic Information SystemsSTIA 441, MSFS 611 ECO XXX   1
SkillsRemote SensingECO XXX, STIA 4541
SkillsQuantitative Methods GHDP 5031
SkillsQualitative Field ResearchGHDP 7581.5
SkillsAnalytical and Statistical SkillsMSFS 5271
SkillsData Science and AnalyticsANLY-5011
SkillsPython for PolicymakersMSFS 65251
SkillsClimate Models for Policy (NEW) 1
SkillsInternational Negotiations MSFS 6231
SkillsInternational Negotiations and MediationMSFS 7261.5

Core courses

Skills courses

Students must take at least 6 credits of “skills” courses selected from the list below (courses may be either 3 or 1.5 credits)

Representative Electives

Global Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy
Global Environmental Science and Policy
Environmental Science and International Security 

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