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Vermont Law and Graduate School’s Vermont School for the Environment Introduces the New Executive Master of Environmental Policy Degree

Tuesday, January 17, 2023


Vermont Law and Graduate School's Vermont School for the Environment is proud to announce the new Executive Master of Environmental Policy (EMEP) degree. Starting online in Summer 2023, this public policy degree is created for mid-level professionals seeking advanced credentials or a career change.

This executive master’s degree focuses on solutions to today’s urgent environmental challenges. The curriculum puts climate change and racial and economic justice at the center of the learning experience — a lens critical to understanding the issues and developing the solutions to address the world’s most pressing problems.

“We equip our students with the full toolbox of knowledge and skills to be tomorrow’s environmental leaders,” explains Jennifer Rushlow, dean of the Vermont School for the Environment.

The new degree is designed to be completed on a part-time basis through an accelerated set of 7-week courses to complement a working professional’s busy schedule. The students will connect with a wide range of instructors who are leaders in their field. Although all courses are offered online, students also have the option to attend on-campus courses in Vermont. This allows for the opportunity to enjoy Vermont during the 2-week summer sessions.

The EMEP is 25 credits with courses that include policy research and writing, policy design, quantitative analysis, environmental economics, environmental justice, and climate change. With no GRE or capstone required, this degree is intended for mid-level professionals with a minimum of three years of relevant experience. However, exceptions in place of three years of relevant experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis by admissions. The EMEP is designed for professionals in a variety of fields such as environmental compliance, water/wastewater, regulatory affairs, city and regional planning, sustainability specialists, risk management specialists, and more.


About Vermont Law and Graduate School: Vermont Law and Graduate School, a private, independent institution, is home to the nation’s premier environmental law program. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, South Royalton Legal Clinic, Environmental Advocacy Clinic, Energy Clinic, Food and Agriculture Clinic, Environmental Justice Clinic, and Center for Justice Reform. For more information, visit and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.