We provide students with mastery in building applications within social and cultural frameworks to address complex environmental questions and issues.

Academic Requirements:

To earn the Master of Arts in Environmental Studies, students will complete a minimum of 45 credits of required and elective courses. The required courses make up roughly half (21 credits) of the degree and include a six-credit capstone project in the field. The additional 18 course credits are drawn from program electives and a minimum of 9 course credits should come from outside the environmental studies curriculum, which will include management courses and may, with the advice of the director, include courses from Goucher's graduate programs in cultural sustainability or digital arts.

Courses are conducted primarily online, reaching a national audience and allowing you to work and pursue the degree regardless of your location. In addition, a limited residency and workshop components will provide face-to-face interaction and fieldwork with faculty and other students in the program.

MA in Environmental Studies from Goucher College will provide you with: 

  • a portfolio of work drawing upon your environmental studies courses as well as  your required courses in graduate-level management.
  • an understanding the social, historic, and economic contexts of environmental issues.
  • the ability to evaluate environmental issues and interventions based on social, technical, and economic criteria; frame environmental issues and facilitate dialogue with multiple stakeholders and communities.
  • the skills to develop and implement community programs, partnerships and public-participation initiatives and to make effective decisions and take on leadership roles.

Program Mission and Objectives

The mission of the MAES program is to develop leaders prepared to collaborate across disciplines to address the complex human and social aspects of environmental challenges, creating the foundation to realize a healthy planet and healthy communities now and for generations to come.

The educational objectives to fulfill this mission are broad-based, including understanding the social, historic and economic contexts of environmental issues. Graduates will also gain an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. They will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues and theories, and the ability to apply this knowledge. Graduates of the MAES program will demonstrate the scientific and technical literacy that enables them to do the following:

  1. Conduct human-dimensions research, write research proposals and analyze technical reports.
  2. Evaluate environmental issues and interventions based on social, technical and economic criteria.
  3. Develop a critical understanding of the ethical issues involved in working with communities.
  4. Frame environmental issues and facilitate dialogue with multiple stakeholders and communities.
  5. Develop and implement community programs, partnerships and public-participation initiatives.
  6. Develop management skills needed for making effective decisions and taking on leadership roles.