Careers for MAES Grads

These career pathways suggest some of the opportunities you can pursue with an M.A. in Environmental Studies. The required courses that undergird these pathways in the program build your scientific literacy and knowledge of the social and cultural contexts of environmental issues.

There are dozens of electives to choose from, below are sample pathways you could pursue in this degree. Environmental studies students are expected to take 21 elective credits (approximately 7 courses) for the M.A.


 

Environmental Justice, Advocacy & Engagement

Goucher College Environmental Studies - Environmental Justice

Sample Jobs:

  • Campaign Coordinator or Director, Environmental Justice Nonprofit
  • Lobbyist or Community Organizer, Environmental Organization
  • Community Engagement Specialist/Consultant, Government Agency (EPA)
  • Community Conservation Director

Available Elective Courses:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Organizing Communities
  • Public Participation
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Arts of Social Change
  • Writing for Different Audiences
  • Social Networks & New Media
  • Fundraising & Grant Writing
  • Culture and Calamity
  • Cultural Partnerships
  • Risk and Society

Other Courses That Might Be of Interest:

  • Strategic Management
  • Environmental Change: Causes and Impacts
  • Urban History
  • Cultural Geography and Land Management
  • Ethnographic Methodologies

Environmental Policy & Decision Making

Goucher College Environmental Studies - Environmental Policy

Sample Jobs:

  • Policy Analyst/Director, Government Agency/NGO
  • Legislative Director, NGO
  • Compliance Officer, Consulting Firm
  • Conservation Program Manager, Parks and Recreation Commission/Agency
  • Energy Efficiency and Behavior Specialist

Available Elective Courses:

  • Environmental Governance
  • Risk and Society
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Cultural Policy
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Innovation in the Social Sector
  • Organizational Law
  • Preservation and Sustainability
  • Community and Economic Development

Other Courses That Might Be of Interest:

  • Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • Energy, Natural Resource Management, and the Environment
  • Cultural Geography and Land Management
  • Financial Skills and Managerial Accounting
  • Economic Principles for Managers

Designing Solutions & Managing Change

Goucher College Environmental Studies - Designing Solutions

Sample Jobs:

  • Neighborhood Planner, City Agency
  • Risk Assessor, Development Bank
  • Environmental Impact Specialist, Engineering Firm
  • Hazard Mitigation Manager, Municipal or State Agency

Available Elective Courses:

  • Environmental Change: Causes and Impacts
  • Risk and Society
  • Project Management
  • Environmental Governance
  • Energy, Natural Resource Management, and the Environment
  • Financial Skills and Managerial Accounting
  • Strategic Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Other Courses That Might Be of Interest:

  • Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • Culture and Calamity
  • Preservation and Sustainability
  • Perspectives in Preservation

Environmental Communication & Collaboration

Goucher College Environmental Studies - Environmental Communication

Sample Jobs:

  • Environmental Journalist/Science writer
  • Public Relations and Outreach Director, Environmental Nonprofit/Government Agency
  • Stakeholder Relations Specialist, Public Relations or Consulting Firm
  • Digital Communications Strategist, Conservation Foundation

Available Elective Courses:

  • Writing for Different Audiences
  • Strategies for Reaching the Media
  • Contemporary Storytelling
  • Social Networks & New Media
  • Media on the Internet
  • Communications
  • Public Participation
  • Cultural Partnerships
  • Principles of Cultural Mediation
  • Interpretive Planning and Project Management

Other Courses That Might Be of Interest:

  • Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Digital Media Programming
  • Cultural Geography and Land Management
  • Environmental Justice
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Ethnographic Methodologies