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Environmental Resource Policy

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) Program at GW offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies. The Master of Arts program prepares students to enter environmental policy careers in government, non-profit organizations, the private sector, and environmental advocacy groups. ENRP is built on a multidisciplinary curriculum that includes environmental economics, environmental law, public policy, research methods, and a two-semester environmental science course. ENRP blends theory and practical experience with a professional, client-oriented, capstone project, academic credit for relevant internships and research, and a wide range of DC-based internship opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:


Strong applicants are considered at any time. We typically evaluate fall applicants in two waves: applications received by February 1 (or January 5, if you are seeking financial support) and applications received by April 1. If you are interested in entering the program in the Spring semester, it would be best if you submitted your application by October 15.

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5246). Waived for applicants who hold a J.D., M.D., or Ph.D.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prerequisite requirements:

In order to satisfactorily complete several of the ENRP core courses, including applied statistics (PPPA 6002), microeconomics (ECON 6217), and environmental science (ENRP 6101/2), students must have math skills equivalent to that provided by a college course in algebra, pre-calculus, analytic geometry, or introductory statistics. Suitable applicants who lack such skills will be admitted with a stated deficiency in mathematics that must be fulfilled in the first semester of the program.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
askccas@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday