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Global Environmental Politics | SIS

Our two distinctive Masters degree options:

American University's Global Environmental Politics Program offers a flexible, specialized, cutting-edge graduate education in global environmental politics.

We have two Masters degree tracks:

The NRSD and GEP Experience

Our faculty and community partners in Washington DC offer expertise in the politics of sustainable development, energy, climate change, agriculture, urban design, water, environmental conflict and peacemaking, and much more.

Our courses are connected by concern about environmental justice and ethics and the pursuit of effective forms of response to global environmental change.

Join the Global Environmental Politics Program at American University's School of International Service to:

  • Work for environmental and social well-being in ways that matter.
  • Launch a career under the guidance of world-renowned faculty and accomplished peers.
  • Learn skills necessary to translate your passion in environmental protection and sustainability into a meaningful profession.
  • Belong to a university that is a leader in graduate environmental and sustainability education and practice.
  • Insert yourself into Washington, DC, the center of political life in the United States and a global city with several nationally and internationally focused environmental NGOs.

Webinars for Prospective Students

Click to listen two past webinars Professors Simon Nicholson and Judith Shapiro conducted with prospective NRSD and GEP students. 

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Contact Us:

For information on admissions requirements, application procedures, and deadlines, please visit the Graduate Admissions website or contact SIS Graduate Admissions:

Phone: 202-885-1646

For information on events and program activities, or for general program information, contact the Global Environmental Politics Program office:

E-mail: (for both GEP and NRSD tracks)
Phone: 202-885-1683

For academic questions about the GEP or NRSD programs, contact Dr. Judith Shapiro: