Master of Environmental Design - Specialization in Sustainable Land Management, Use and Policy Program By Yale University |Top Universities

Master of Environmental Design - Specialization in Sustainable Land Management, Use and Policy

Master of Environmental Design - Specialization in Sustainable Land Management, Use and Policy

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  • 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. Sustainable Land Management, Use and Policy: From habitat loss to resource extraction, and from ecosystem health to climate change, the way humans develop and live on the land is a critical driver of the most pressing environmental issues. This specialization is about conservation through sustainable resource management, land use planning to preserve critical wildlife habitat and resources for people, and the development of financial and policy mechanisms for sustainable management in natural and built environments. The focus of the specialization is on land and its values in providing for food, shelter, recreation, environmental health, water resources and wildlife habitat across a wide spectrum of land covers and uses from wilderness, to farm and forest, to urban rural settlements. This broad field looks at how humans live, use, and move across space, and given the essential nexus between land and the environment, students show substantial interest in learning the technical, legal, scientific, and policy tools of this field. The purpose of this specialization, therefore, is to provide a pathway for building student expertise in this diverse arena. Students will begin their program with a broad overview and will then have the opportunity to select a series of core and elective courses that will establish an expertise in either of two sub-specializations: 1) natural resource management; and 2) land use planning and policy. Students seeking employment in this area of specialization have a breadth of options, including government at the state and local level, private consulting, land stewardship for land trusts and land conservation non-profits, advocacy, real estate development, and land management and policy organizations with interests in environmental law and planning.