Master of Environmental Design - Specialization in Human Dimensions of Environment Program By Yale University |Top Universities

Master of Environmental Design - Specialization in Human Dimensions of Environment

Master of Environmental Design - Specialization in Human Dimensions of Environment

  • QS World University Rankings
    17
  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months

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The Master of Environmental Management curriculum draws from coursework in the natural and social sciences and focuses on the complex relationships among science, management, and policy. The purpose of the program is to provide students with a scientific understanding of ecological and social systems that can be applied in a policy or management context. Students are also expected to hone their capacities as leaders and managers through summer internships, professional skills courses, and other opportunities. The MEM curriculum is flexible enough to allow students to tailor their course of study in a way that builds on their interests and experiences and that meets their specific career goals. MEM students can choose from more than one hundred courses offered by F&ES faculty and have access to a similarly large number of courses from other schools and programs at Yale. MEM students have the option to enroll in any of eight Specializations. The Specializations represent key areas of student interest, as well as emerging or enduring career fields within environmental management. Conservation and development planning, and climate change adaptation and mitigation, at national and international scales, inevitably rest on the aggregated decision-making of individual people, households, and communities. People are thus at the core both of decision-making affecting the environment and of the experience of environmental change. Teaching and research in this specialization addresses this critical nexus of society and environment by spanning a range of geographic and societal scales and interactions, from individuals and local communities and their use of regional resources to the ways that such local systems are entwined with extra-local, national, and global markets, politics, governance, institutions, and ideologies. This specialization is distinguished by a critical approach to orthodox conservation and development models and management, entailing the study of policy discourses, institutions, and structures of power. Many of the students in this specialization carry out grant-funded research and/or work during the summer after their first year, often internationally, drawing on excellent on-campus financial sources for this. For other students, the summer after the first year is devoted to internships with domestic or international organizations. This specialization prepares student for jobs in the public and private sectors as well as for further work in academia. Students have gone on to doctoral programs in such fields as anthropology, geography, sociology, political science, and the policy sciences, as well as environmental studies, at major schools such as Cornell, Columbia, Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, Oxford, and Cambridge. Students have been awarded prestigious post-graduate fellowships such as the Fox Fellowship and White House Management Fellowships. Many students find jobs in prominent NGOs working on conservation and development issues requiring nuanced understanding of social dynamics and integrative solutions to problems.

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