Masters Programs

E²SHI does not directly offer any degree-granting programs. The below list aims to help acquaint you to all environment-related academic programs available at Johns Hopkins. For additional information, contact the program's host department.


Energy, Resources, and Environment Program

The Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE) Program of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies is an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on developing innovative solutions to global energy and environmental challenges. The Program leads to a MA degree and aspires to educate a new generation who will play leadership roles in the diverse array of global, national and local institutions that will shape the world's future.

The ERE faculty provide students with the intellectual framework and analytic skills to devise robust solutions to the daunting policy, financing, technological and governance challenges facing the international community. The ERE curriculum requires students to take both energy and environment courses. This is consistent with the program vision, and means that no one can graduate as an ERE concentrator without being knowledgeable about the deep links between these two areas. An understanding of the "iron triangle" of energy, water and food security, the threats posed by global climate change, and possible solutions to these daunting problems, is a critical component of the ERE graduate's toolkit.

The program is currently not accepting applications for PhD degrees.

Environmental Programs

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences' Environmental Programs offers several part-time graduate programs centered at the juncture between science and policy through the school's Advanced Academic Programs. Graduates of the program emerge with a combination of expertise in science and policy that enables them to assume key positions in public and private entities responsible for safeguarding our environmental future. 

Several degrees are offered through this program:

Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Sciences and Policy

The program is a springboard to leadership for environmental professionals. The program gives students a powerful understanding of where the sciences overlap and inform policy while providing insight into how policy is implemented and affects environmental outcomes. The focus is on studying the environmental effects of current use on the creation, updating, regulating, communicating and enforcing of environmental policy.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Energy Policy and Climate

This program will prepare the next generation of interdisciplinary professionals to address the imposing challenges posed by climate change for human institutions and ecosystems and the potentially transformative role of sustainable energy systems. Students develop a firm grasp of climate change science and the potential impacts of climate change in this century and beyond. Moreover, they develop substantial expertise in energy law and policy making, as well as a working understanding of primary energy technologies, including both fossil fuel-based systems and renewable energy options. 

Master of Science (M.S.) in Geographic Information Systems
This program helps promote better decision-making by scientists, public officials, and communities facing increasingly complex demands upon their available resources through Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a technological breakthrough in organizing and displaying spatial information. Students receive a scientific foundation in the fields of spatial data modeling, spatial data analysis, geo-visualization, and enterprise GIS architecture. An online certificate in GIS is also available for applicants interested in expanding expertise rather than completing a full masters program.
Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
This five-course certificate program explores the principles and real-word applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a convenient, fully online course format.

Environmental Health Sciences Program

The Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Environmental Health and Engineering is concerned with the adverse influence of the environment (natural, built, and social) on human health and with controlling these influences. 

Several degrees and certificates are offered through this program:

Master of Health Science (M.H.S.) in Environmental Health

The program is intended for baccalaureate graduates who want a broad, systematic introduction to environmental health sciences. It is also designed for experienced working professionals who have an interest in becoming more knowledgeable about environmental health issues. The curriculum is designed to give students competence in the following areas: environmental health, basic biological mechanisms, toxicology, statistics, epidemiology, risk sciences and public policy, legal and regulatory issues, and diseases related to environmental exposures. Students choose one of the following focus areas:
  • Human Toxicology & Pathophysiology is focused on laboratory-oriented approaches to studying chemical and biological agents in the environment that affect health.
  • Population Environmental Health uses tools in epidemiology and biostatistics as they relate to current challenges in environmental health.
  • Food Systems, Water & Environmental Sustainability examines climate change, food resources and security, water resources and use, the built environment and the complex interactions that exist between problems in these areas.
Master of Science (Sc.M.) in Environmental Health
This program is for individuals with a strong interest in pursuing laboratory, field or population-based research as part of their master’s degree program. Three tracks of coursework link to areas of faculty research relating to mechanisms of toxicity and disease, exposure science and epidemiology or sustainability and health. Graduates will be prepared to transition into further training and research at the doctoral level. Others may wish to pursue research positions in private sector, federal agencies and non-governmental organizations prior to pursuing advanced degrees.

Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

The program is for students who wish to begin or advance professional careers in occupational and environmental risk assessment and risk management. Training covers principles of risk analysis and management in the workplace and the general environment. The programs include coursework in the following areas: toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, occupational health, occupational and environmental hygiene, air pollution, environmental sampling techniques, program management and risk analysis.

Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) Track in Toxicity Testing and Human Health Risk Assessment of Environmental Agents

The program addresses the increasing incorporation of new toxicity testing modalities and their resulting data into the risk assessment paradigm. Graduates of the track will be prepared to play an essential scientific role in the evaluation of toxicity testing data and their utilization in the regulatory process at federal agencies and in the private and industrial sectors.

Certificate in Food System, Environment and Public Health
Upon completion of the courses required for the Food System, Environment and Public Health Certificate, individuals will have gained specialized knowledge and understanding of the relevance of the food system to many different competencies in public health. Courses encompass topics of today's most significant public health and environmental problems.
Certificate in Occupational and Environmental Health
The certificate program educates and trains students to identify major environmental health issues facing public health professionals today. Courses explore the sources of environmental agents, their distribution in community and work environments, transfer routes to humans and possible health effects; the basic biological mechanisms underlying the association between prior exposure and subsequent development of adverse health effects; and control strategies and interventions.

Environmental Health and Engineering Program

The Whiting School of Engineering's Department of Environmental Health and Engineering is concerned with the improved understanding and description of environmental problems including questions of pollutant fate and transport, water resources engineering, environmental chemistry, geomorphology, drinking water and wastewater treatment, ecosystem dynamics, and technology, society, and environmental change. Drawing from a number of disciplines and approaches, elements within these systems are examined, and interconnections among elements are explored.
Several degrees are offered through this program:

Master of Science (M.S.) Degree

The M.S. degree is open to students with undergraduate degrees in engineering, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and other scientific disciplines. Concentration tracks include: Environmental Science, Environmental Science & Policy. 

Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) Degree

The M.S.E. degree is open to students with an ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering degree or demonstrated equivalent. Concentration tracks include: Fate & Transport, Environmental Management and Economics, Environmental Process Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering.

Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree

The M.A. degree is open to students with undergraduate degrees in social sciences or the humanities.


Global MBA Program

The Global MBA Program at the Carey Business School blends business education with social issues such as health, poverty and environmental sustainability. The full-time, two-year program ensures intensive coverage of finance, marketing, and other business school essentials woven into a curriculum that includes topics such as renewable energy marketing, sustainable packaging, microfinance, and many other sustainable business opportunities.


MA in Public Policy (MPP)

The MPP program at the Bloomberg School of Public Health strikes a balance between quantitative and qualitative approaches to the analysis of policy problems and provides an understanding of the practice of policy, including the policy process, policy formulation, policy implementation, government funding mechanisms, and partnerships. We train students to identify, analyze, and address pressing public problems, both in this country and around the world.
Concentrations are available in: Environmental Policy, Education Policy, Environmental Policy, Health Policy, International Policy, Nonprofit Policy, Social Policy, Urban Policy

MA Program in Applied Economics

The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences MA Program in Applied Economics is ideal for working adults aspiring to develop skills in economic reasoning, and in formulating and estimating economic models through the use of econometrics and other quantitative techniques. The part-time or full-time program is available on-site at the Washington, DC campus and online, and offers a focus on environmental economics, which can be combined with other focus areas, such as public policy or health economics.
Students can take up to two courses in AAP’s Environmental Science and Policy Program, its Energy and Policy and Climate Change Program, or its Geographical Information Systems Program (see Environmental Programs above), and also have the option to pursue a dual diploma in Economics and the Environment to earn the MA in Applied Economics and the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Planning and Management.

Environmental Engineering, Science & Management Program

The Environmental Engineering, Science, and Management Program in the Whiting School of Engingeering is one of the most comprehensive and rigorous professional programs in the field of environmental engineering, science, technology, planning and management in the nation. It prepares working students with the skills necessary to address a broad array of modern environmental challenges and capitalize on environmental protection and remediation opportunities presented by technology. Students obtain a strong quantitative background in the engineering, science and management principles that govern environmental processes.

Several degrees and certifications are offered through this program:

  • Master of Environmental Engineering*
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Engineering and Science*
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Planning and Management*
  • Advanced Certificate for Post-Master's Study (ACPMS)
  • ACPMS in Climate Change, Energy, and Environmental Sustainability
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master of Arts in Applied Economics and Graduate Certificate in Environmental Planning and Management (dual degree program with AAP)

* Also offered as a dual degree program with a Master of Business Administration (JHU Carey Business School)

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
— Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)