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  1. Hi! I am currently looking into the different courses offered by the LSE in economics/environment/development and I wanted to know if any of you have done or have feedback on any of the following courses : - MSc Development Management - MSc Environment and Development - MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change - MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation - MSc Political Economy of Late Development - MSc Political Science and Political Economy - MSc European and International Public Policy Thank you in advance, it would be very helpful in my academic choices!
  2. Hello everyone, Could anyone shed some light on the differences between environmental management, environmental policy, environmental geography, sustainable development, environmental science, and environmental studies Master's degrees? I'm wondering not only about the types of careers that people enter after, but what mix of life sciences, social science, and project management are taught in the programs themselves. I realize this is EXTREMELY broad and therefore difficult to specify---particularly given how interdisciplinary many of these programs are---but any experience or insight would be most welcome! I'm having a very hard time figuring out what programs suit my mixed work/academic experience, are attainable for admittance, etc. For context, I'm changing careers from environmental journalism. I already have a different Master's from a top university, with a bachelor degree in political science and substantial undergrad coursework in biology and ecology. My work experience has been pretty scattered, though it's all environmental: journalism, communications, advocacy, and research. In a program, I'm looking for something with strong social science research component (like environmental geography), as well as substantial training in ecology and life sciences for someone without a previous bachelor of science. Dream job: to do in-the-field research and project management for an international nonprofits, related to sustainable development, agroecology, wildlife conservation, and/or climate adaptation. Any thoughts or ideas would be most appreciated! Thanks for reading.
  3. It's almost priority deadlines for Yale F&ES, Nicholas school, SEAS, and others. I saw there was a 2019 topic on env management and policy, so I thought I'd start one for this admissions cycle. Let's help each other out, commiserate (hopefully not), and (sustainably) celebrate together! For all applicants to MEMs, environmentally-focused MPPs/MPAs, etc
  4. Hi all! I'm very interested in the Ecological Restoration Master's offered by Simon Fraser University and BCIT (In British Columbia, Canada). I feel like it has the perfect balance of field work and diligent research to check all of my particular boxes, and everything I read up on this program makes excites me. I know I would love being in the field of ecological restoration or conservation, and this master's genuinely seems like my perfect fit. HOWEVER! It's relatively new (started in 2015), and is the only master's degree of it's kind in Canada according to the SFU and BCIT websites. This uniqueness is what makes me hesitate. When I look at education requirements for a job as a restoration biologist, the suggestions are the more common master's like conservation, ecology, environmental science, zoology... all of which I'd enjoy, I'm sure, but the Ecological Restoration Master's sounds so perfect. So, what I'm asking is this: is taking this Ecological Restoration Master's a risky choice? Would I be safer taking a more common degree? I'm worried that by taking it I'll be pigeon-holing myself. I've tried emailing around asking about graduate employment trends, but I haven't heard anything back yet; In BC all of the university campuses are closed due to pandemic, so I think that is definitely a factor in why I haven't heard anything. The application deadline is coming up fast so I'm very eager for answers so I can make my decision. And so, I've come to you, people of the internet who are probably at home anyway! If you've taken this program or know someone who did, I would absolutely love to hear about first-hand experiences! Thanks, everyone!
  5. How do I select between the following- 1. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor- School for Environment and Sustainability- MSc in Natural Resources and Environment- Specialization in Sustainable Systems 2. Duke University- Nicholas School of Environment- Master of Environmental Management- concentration in Energy and Environment 3. Penn State University- MSc in Energy and Mineral Engineering concentration in Energy Management and Policy 4. Cornell University- MSc in Mechanical Engineering- concentration in Energy and Sustainability 5. Carnegie Mellon University- MS in Energy Science, Technology and Policy concentration in Civil and Environmental Engineering with Integrated Studies in Computer Science 6. University of California Davis- MSc- Energy Systems concentration in Energy Policy and Management 7. TU Delft- MSc in Sustainable Energy Technology- cluster in Solar and Economics
  6. I saw that someone posted that they got into the Master of Environmental Management program for F17, and if someone is willing to claim it, when did you submit the application? I spoke with the office and they said admissions was rolling so I wanted to see when I should expect to hear back.
  7. Help! The decision is right around the corner, and I need to start mentally preparing for this (huge) life change/decision. For anyone who has considered, attended, or decided - where do I pursue my MEM, Duke or Yale? I visited Duke, and I could tell it was a great program. The administration is clearly willing to help students out financially, supportive with research and work opportunities, and they consistently tout their alumni network as one of the best. Many people seem to say Duke really emphasizes building concrete technical skills, and that it might be easier to find a job upon graduation. HOWEVER, I don't know if I felt like I "fit". Maybe because I'm an introvert and prospective student weekends are always overwhelming. Also, I love cities and Durham felt quite small when I visited its campus*. On the other side: Yale has always been my dream school. I love the idea of how much flexibility they offer, and in some ways, their classes sound more exciting to me (I'm a sucker for more qualitative, theoretical classes). I've heard some criticism that Yale F&ES students might not as well prepared, but from my conversations, Yale has many client-based projects that students can work on. I know they are introducing required professional skill workshops this year, and it seems like I could select classes that are more focused on skill-building. Yale has been the goal for a few years, but Duke also offered me a bit more money (and my impression is that cost of living would be less). How much weight do I give to anticipated loan debt? Do I choose the school based on what "feels right", or one that has a better reputation in terms of professional skills? *Caveat - I will be visiting Yale in a few days, so maybe this clarify my thoughts.
  8. Hey all, Hope everyone is taking the time to breathe even as March approaches. I applied to the Yale FES PhD program and received an email from the Department in late January kindly letting me know that they would not be accepting me (no surprise as I graduate undergrad May 2018) and encouraging me to apply to one of their masters programs. I applied to the mesc program, and was wondering if anyone else had this experience? They said admission was not guaranteed and that matriculation into the Masters program would not guarantee later admission to their PhD program however to take the letter as "strong encouragement". Has anyone received a similar offer/know just how "strong" this encouragement is in my chances of getting into the MESC or MEM program?
  9. I’m still waiting to hear back from Duke’s University Program in Environmental Policy - through the Nicholas School. I’ve seen rejections from the program on the results board in early Feb and their website says they will provide decisions by mid-February but I haven’t received anything and there have been no changes made to my portal. I haven’t seen anyone else posting about this program and was hoping to connect with anyone else who applied to I can just know this silence is a soft rejection and move on. Thank you!!
  10. Any natural resources master degrees here? I am aiming for human dimension of natural resources master degree and I cannot found any info here:( I would like to find general gre scores, research thesis, gre scores..
  11. Hi All! I am a recent graduate (c/o 2016) interested in pursuing a Masters and/or PhD in Urban Planning in Fall 2018 (Interested in merging Public Health and Analytics - Using City/Regional data to create healthier spaces) Undergrad Major: Global Health and Environment, 3.39 GPA (3.76 major GPA) GRE: Haven't taken it yet, but I'm a decent test taker and will probably score in the upper 70s or mid/lower 80 percentile) Programs: Columbia GSAPP's MSUP (Urban Analytics), UC Berkeley, I have spent the past few months interning at public health organizations (domestic & internationally) Here are my questions: (1) Do I have a chance at getting into Columbia and/or Berkeley? Are there other graduate programs that focus on data? (2) Considering more competitive applicants with higher marks, is it possible to receive a scholarship or RA-ship funding for a graduate program with my grades? How can I become more competitive? I don't know anyone in real life who is in UP, which is why I'm here. Anything is better than nothing, so please please impart some knowledge! Thank you! **Also please do the poll above to help me be more competitive,
  12. I've been applying to schools for fall 2018 admission into statistics master's programs with a focus on environmental statistics. I've nearly decided all the schools I will apply to but am trying to add one more. I've tried to apply to a bunch of schools across the spectrum of program rankings and was wondering if anyone could help me decide if I should add one more safety program or a more middle of the pack program given my profile and schools I've applied to. GRE: 162 quant, 162 verbal, 5 writing GPA: 3.30/4.0 Undergrad majors in economics and statistics Schools I've applied to: Berkeley Oregon State UC Davis UCLA U Michigan Colorado State Considering: U Washington, U Chicago, U Colorado Denver, another safety school?
  13. Hi All, Decisions are hard, any insight would be greatly appreciated! A bit of background: I'm from the Midwest, got my undergrad degree in Environmental Science and Policy, and I am hoping to specialize in sustainable energy. Ultimately, I am hoping to work on multilateral sustainable energy issues. Still waiting to hear back from Oxford and LSE, but my currently these are my top choices: 1) Columbia University - MPA in Environmental Science and Policy -1 year. Obviously, Columbia is a great school with high name recognition and I assume a really great alumni network. The location is also a huge bonus in terms of career opportunities/connections during and after the program. I received fellowship funding, but even with that total costs would still be YIKES. 2) University College London - MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment - 1 year. This program is way more specific to the exact area I hope to work in. I've wanted to study and/or work in London since I was 14, so I'm way more excited about location than Columbia (sorry NYC). London would also have great career/networking opportunities. However, while I'd like to work in the UK after getting my degree, it's possible that family obligations may bring me back stateside. After doing a rough calculation of tuition + living + flights/London transport, UCL will still be several thousand cheaper than Columbia. So, the crux of the matter: I would rather be in London and the program there is a bit more suited to my interests (but am I backing myself into a corner with that?), but I'm worried about job prospects after graduation, and I don't want to shoot myself in the foot. Also, having a hard time comparing an MPA vs. and MSc - i.e. would it really make a huge difference? It seems Columbia has more name recognition than UCL, (which is a stupid thing to consider, but there it is). However, UCL ranks higher if not equally with Columbia on world rankings. Thank you for reading this short story and for any insight you have!
  14. Hi all! I'm only applying to one PhD program so I am very nervous about getting admitted. Making it worse is that there is no information on here at all about my intended program. Is anyone else out there applying to the Earth, Environment, and Society PhD program at Portland State University?! Or has anyone previously applied or attended? Just looking for some people to commiserate with! Background stats for me: Undergrad: 3.0 GPA, UC Berkeley, Physics Masters: ~4.0 (no grades, written evaluations only), Evergreen State College, Environmental Science/Studies Experience: Tons of work experience in meteorologic data analysis for wind farms, coordinating educational programs, teaching college math/science, and working on science and sustainability with inmates in prisons. 1 conference paper, 1 conference presentation, 1 conference poster (AGU), 1 publication (chapter in book). Excellent letters of rec. GRE above average for PSU admits. Think I will get in? Cheers!
  15. I attend a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts that does not have a geography department. I'm an Urban Studies major and am attracted to studying Geography after undergraduate because I am fascinated with maps and spatial analysis. I have two questions: 1) Since I am not a geography major and do not have access to many geography courses, am I at a serious disadvantage in getting accepted into a M.A. or Ph.D. program in Geography? 2) What experience would I need in order to be competitive for a M.A. or Ph.D. program in Geography? There is no one with a Ph.D. in Geography at the college that I currently attend. I have talked to my GIS professor (He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences) and he doesn't think that my prospects would be hurt, but he asked me to seek a Ph.D. in Geography for more advice. Here is more background information me: Academics: Overall GPA: 3.6, Urban Studies Major GPA: 3.8 No GRE yet Courses that I have taken that are somewhat similar to Geography: Introduction to GIS Introduction to Human Geography (Online) Can fit an Advanced GIS course into schedule next semester I also worked as a TA for Introduction to GIS, received outstanding feedback from students, ENVS professors willing to write recs for me based on the good feedback I have taken intro classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, and Calculus as well (not sure if it will be helpful). My grades were in the B range for all of them. Advanced in French, Intermediate in German Other honors: Udall Scholarship recipient Professional Experience (Not sure if it helps): Internship with city development services office, occasionally developing maps for planners, but mostly administrative stuff and grant writing Mini-projects doing online mapping stuff on Google Maps-like platforms for people (not really intensive) - had a poster on a local planning (really small-scale) conference Part-time as a computer technician at college. I will apply to start graduate school for the Fall 2018 or Fall 2019 semester.
  16. This week I received admission to Oxford's 1-year MSc in Environmental Change and Management program (funding not announced yet - I will need to decide before they let me know), LSE's 1-year MSc in Climate Change and Environmental Economics (no funding), and UBC's 2-year MA/MSc program at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (RMES) (with a full ride and very generous living expenses through SSHRC). I am really excited to have these choices, but very overwhelmed. Both LSE and Oxford would mean going into substantial debt (at least $40k CAD for the year) - I might get a bit of funding from Oxford but it won't likely be more than 10k CAD. But it is undeniable that they are more well-known than UBC -- in QS Geography rankings Oxford is 1st, LSE 2nd, and UBC 6th (though I know to take ratings with a grain of salt). Is the extra reputation worth accepting the LSE or Oxford offer? Extra context: -I plan on pursuing a career in climate policy advocacy working for not-for-profits or thinktanks, but would gravitate to lower-paying organizations with a strong justice lens like 350.org or Oil Change International over more corporate higher-paying ones (TL;DR: I don't expect to make a ton of money). -I currently have a job working for an international environmental NGO, but more on the community-organizing side of things than the strategy & policy area I would like to move into -I will have about $20k CAD in savings by the time I go to school, and have access to government loans to pay for about half the debt I would accrue from the UK schools, the rest would be private loans.
  17. Just got 2 admissions. All great schools! Hard to decide...... I am an international fresh undergraduate from China. No full-time working experience. My goal after Master Degree: Looking for a job in US. Analyst/Data Analyst will be perfect. Energy or Healthcare industry are both appealing to me. So I wish to know which program can help me to fulfill this target. I am not sure whether these 2 programs can lead me to this target directly.. (maybe neither of them can...haha) 1. Yale MEM Pros: - Great school&program -Yale F&ES is top Environmental School with huge resources. Yale is also my dream school since my high-school age. - Flexible course selection. Being able to choose courses from any school in Yale. I prefer more technical courses actually-like data analysis, big data, etc.. I guess technical skills will be more helpful for international students to get a job. Cons: - But as a fresh undergraduate, I'm not very sure what it feels like if I am surrounded by students who already have full-time working experiences. We must have different life and career goals while entering this program. - And I doubt how much hard skills I may learn from this program. It may be better for those who have full-time working exp and wish to gain a continue education. - And New Haven, I don't know whether there is enough job/intern opportunities. And it may be a lot trouble while looking for full-time jobs in other cities? 2. Harvard Master in Environmental Health It's under the School of Public Health. Pro: - Great school! I guess nobody will deny Harvard!!! Pretty small program. - More science&research-oriented. - More hard skills maybe, but more lab work maybe ( I hate lab and experiments...) - Boston- Big city. Cool city! More job openings I guess(but I don't know any more specific information). Convenient transportation while going to each job interview. Cons: - The course selection seems not very flexible. Some statistics courses and projects I guess(it maybe helpful for me to look for jobs like data analyst?) - The major focus may be too narrow? Maybe limited to only envir&health industry all the time? And you guys may provide valuable advice! Thanks!
  18. Hi guys, after being a diligent follower of the site, here goes my first post. I am an international student interested in environmental policy PhD for fall 2016. Masters in Environmental Science with 83%, GRE: 311, TOEFL: 110, one internship in environmental consultancy, one project on ecosystem valuation during masters, one internship with a government organisation, decent LORs, One paper under review. no such background with policy work though tried to make a connection in my SOP UCSB is my dream school, but haven't heard from them till now. I checked on the result page and one student has already got his/her acceptance 10 days ago. Is it true that Universities send acceptances first and rejections later, as they were suppose to inform you by the first week of FEB. How selective is the school? what are my chances with this profile? I got in touch with POI as well, had a good skype talk, but final decision lays in the hands of admission committee. Also, in my SOPs, I have not mentioned in detail about my intended research (just a paragraph or so) and focused mostly on my previous research and training experience in most of the schools. I have read somewhere that if they can't identify a proper research idea from your SOP, you will not be able to get admission. is it true? Should I start preparing to apply for more schools with late deadlines, but then there's funding problem also i guess. I am getting really worried now as I can't afford to wait for another year. I understand ours is a relatively new small blooming field, so any help in any way (to calm my nerves) would be really appreciated.
  19. We're a relatively small bunch, but I'm hoping to connect with others who are applying to PhD programs in environmental studies. This interdisciplinary field doesn't seem to have a home on The Grad Cafe forums, so let's start with this thread. I've tagged this post with several pertinent keywords, so I'm hoping that these tags will help us to find one another. Here are some representative stand-alone programs in Environmental Studies. Many, but not all, of these schools are known primarily for their Master's programs, but all have PhD programs as well. Most implicitly (or explicitly) require a Master's degree for acceptance into the PhD program: Berkeley ESPM & ERG Michigan SNRE Indiana SPEA Yale FES Duke's Nichols School UC Santa Barbara's Bren School Vermont's Rubenstein School Stanford's Woods Institute Wisconsin's Nelson Institute ASU's School of Sustainability Many of us are pursuing environmental training at the PhD level in a more traditional disciplinary department. This is possible in any number of departments, including: Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Ecology, Public Affairs, Anthropology, & Earth Science. I could attempt to list them here, but I don't think I can do justice to all of the academic departments known for their environmental faculty. About Me: I have a BS in Earth Science and an Master's Environmental Policy from one of the schools listed above. I have several years of experience in international development, and I'm looking to pursue a PhD in environmental social sciences. So what are your interests, what is your background, and where are you applying? Questions, concerns, curiosities about your fellow applicant cohort? Fire away!
  20. Hey Guys, I will mostly be heading to Syracuse this fall to SUNY ESF for my masters. Any one else heading that side? I'm an international student so wont be visiting the campus before, but if any one else is going to the campus, please share your views. See you in August
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