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Program Updates

Spring 2015 Capstone Projects

The ENRP Program has a short video describing the three spring 2015 capstone projects. Click here to watch the video.

New BA/MA Program!

The MA in Environmental Resource Policy Program (ENRP) is excited to announce a partnership with the BA in Environmental Studies program to offer a combined BA/MA program for GW undergraduate students!

ENRP Faculty and Students Tour Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant

As part of the ENRP's core environmental science course, faculty and students recently toured Washington DC's Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant. Read more here.

ENRP Students Combine Job and Classroom Experiences

Many ENRP students work or intern while enrolled in the program. And many of these jobs and internships are within the environmental policy arena. Click here to learn more about the jobs and internships held by students.

Framework for Environmental Analysis

Dr. Peter Linquiti, Director of ENRP, wrote a white paper on the process of interdisciplinary environmental policy analysis. He argues that successfully addressing an environmental challenge requires a panoptic perspective.

ENRP Bucket List for D.C.

ENRP provides plenty of opportunities for students to take advantage of Washington, D.C. outside of the classroom, so check out our list of favorite things to do.

Master of Arts in Environmental Resource Policy

The Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) Program at GW offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies. This Master of Arts program prepares students to enter environmental policy careers in government, non-profit organizations, the private sector and environmental advocacy groups. If you are interested in environmental policy, here are five reasons why you should take a closer look at GW's ENRP Program.

About the Program

DCENRP is based in Washington, D.C., near Executive Agencies, Congress & the Supreme Court, the World Bank, numerous think tanks, advocacy groups across the ideological spectrum and non-profit service organizations focused on a wide array of issues and clients.  Attend lectures, policy events, Congressional hearings or Supreme Court cases on a host of environmental topics.  Explore alternative environmental careers through internships and build a professional network to support your career growth.

ENRP is built on a multidisciplinary curriculum that includes environmental economics, environmental law, public policy, research methods and a two-semester environmental science course.  Faculty scholars with deep expertise will help you understand complex environmental policy issues and identify connections between specific issues and the relevant natural sciences. Learn to build policy on science-based evidence, an appreciation of economic incentives and a clear-eyed understanding of environmental law and politics.

CapstoneENRP 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.  Practice applying classroom concepts to real-world environmental policy issues and gain professional experience working in a group on an important environmental policy topic. Join a collegial community of classmates and faculty.

ENRP lets you customize your curriculum around a set of eight required courses, with four electives in virtually any GW Department, as well as at Consortium Schools like American University, George Mason University and Georgetown University.  Elective courses let you go “deep” in one area, like urban sustainability or biodiversity, or go “broad” by covering multiple diverse environmental topics. Take advantage of GW resources like SustainableGW, PlanetForward.org and the Urban Food Task Force.

ClassroomENRP meets students' practical needs with the option to attend full-time or part-time, and evening classes that accommodate working students.  The incoming class size is small – between 12 and 20 – to facilitate close ties between faculty and students and create a sense of community. The admissions cycle is flexible.

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Student Testimonials

In their own words...

"It offers access to government agency officials and policy engines."

"DC is the heart of policy."

"Having the base of science and policy, and then being able to pick and choose what you really are interested in, was very useful."

"The Capstone course adds a real-life experience in terms of problem solving, group dynamics, client interaction, interview, report writing—all of which are very useful skills in any field."

"A strength of the ENRP program is that it lets students complete the degree part-time."

"The program offers night classes for students who work full time."