Why study earth system science and policy?

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Study the planet's different systems — hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere and anthroposphere — as an integrated Earth system. The M.S. prepares you for a wide variety of opportunities that touch many industries and government agencies, as well research that focuses on the sustainability of environmental-human interactions within the greater context of the Earth System.

In the M.S. graduate program, you'll gain valuable foundational and technical knowledge to help solve problem areas related to Earth sustainability and global change. Participate in cutting-edge research in vital areas such as glaciology and glacio-hydrology, agro-ecology, theoretical ecology and macroecology, renewable energy, physical earth processes, oceanography, public policy, environmental economics, Earth systems modeling, and geospatial analysis.

Earth System Science and Policy at UND

  • Prepare for a range of careers related to environment, earth, and sustainability.

  • Benefit from a curriculum that gives you a broad and holistic knowledge of Earth system science and policy.

  • Learn from a student-structured curriculum, a multi-disciplinary teaching approach, and experiential learning environments.

  • Participate in research that is driven by urgent societal needs and values.

Environmental Scientist 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

Those with the technical skills and knowledge to be able to assess, analyze and research earth systems have opportunities in many industries and fields, both private and government. Environmental issues touch upon many of today's fastest growing fields, including government compliance and regulations, climate change research, energy explorations (both alternative and conventional) and more.

UND graduates can expect exciting opportunities to a wide range of professions, including:

  • Earth system scientists
  • Environmental and geospatial consultant
  • Environmental project manager
  • City sustainability coordinator
  • Governmental agency careers
  • Non-governmental Organizations

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

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

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Science
  • ArcGIS (GIS Software)
  • Remote Sensing
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Environmental Policy

UND Earth System Science & 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