Why study Earth System Science and Policy (M.E.M.) at UND?

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Earth’s systems are experiencing extraordinary changes. Earth System Science and Policy’s M.E.M. offers an interdisciplinary education preparing you to be a part of the next generation of leaders that will help individuals, companies, and society solve pressing sustainability problems.

With this UND graduate program, you'll have opportunities to:

  • Implement your knowledge for practical applications, especially through a successful internship/applied project experience.
  • Prepare, or progress in your career path with a broad set of skills and strong knowledge of environmental policy and environmental and resource economics, combined with a professional component that includes quantitative reasoning and analytics, project management, business, and communication.
  • Master cutting edge technology to help address changes occurring in areas such as land and water resources, environmental and natural economics, environmental science and policy, and more.

Earth System Science and Policy (M.E.M.) at UND

  • This master's of environmental management program is designed for those seeking a workplace-oriented non-thesis master's degree, and is particularly suited for those who are working professionals interested in expanding their knowledge based, critical thinking ability, and technical skill.

  • Through a successful internship/applied project, gain the knowledge and skills to prepare for, or expand on, a career in Earth system and sustainability science.

  • Have a direct influence in driving concepts for major international scientific and environmental policy efforts.

  • The curriculum bridges theory with practice, global and local perspectives, and scientific, social and professional disciplines.

Earth System Science and Policy (M.E.M.) Careers 


Median salary range for an environmental scientist and specialist

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Projected growth for the employment of earth scientists through 2026

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Environmental experts will be at the forefront of today's biggest climate change and sustainability issues. The technical expertise will continue to be in high demand in a broad range of industries and professions.

UND graduates can expect exciting opportunities to do field studies, research, policy setting, and other important work for top companies in a wide variety of industries and fields, including:

  • Environmental and geospatial consultant
  • Environmental project manager
  • City sustainability coordinator
  • Governmental agency careers (EPA, NOAA, DOI, ect.)
  • Non-governmental Organizations (The Nature Conservance, etc.)
  • Land management
  • Waste management and remediation
  • Alternative energy

When You Earn a Master's Degree in Earth System Science and Policy

An Earth System Science and Policy degree gives you the strategic skills you may need, including:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Earth System Modeling
  • Non-govermnental Organizations (The Nature Conservancy)
  • Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Science
  • Economic Valuation
  • Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Environmental Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Data Analytic

UND Earth System Science and Policy Alumni

Earth System Science and Policy alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Advanced Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.
  • E M U Office of Research Development
  • International Water Institute
  • Dewberry Consultants, Inc.
  • Environmental Communication Options

Earth System Science and Policy Courses You Could Take


Earth System Science & Policy at UND

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