The Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) Program at GW offers a multidisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies. The 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, there are five reasons why you might want to take a closer look at GW's ENRP 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 & 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 among students. The admissions cycle is flexible.


Strong applicants are considered at any time.  We typically evaluate fall applicants in two waves:  applications received by February 1 (or January 5, if you are seeking financial support) and applications received by April 1.

If you are interested in entering the program in the Spring semester, it would be best if you submitted your application by October 15.

Again, however, if you think there is a good fit between the ENRP program and your interests and qualifications, please let us know at any time during the year.

What's New at ENRP?

Dr. Peter Linquiti, Director of the ENRP Program, has written a short white paper on the process of interdisciplinary environmental policy analysis. His argument is that successfully addressing an environmental challenge requires “whole sight,” or a panoptic perspective, that is achieved only by simultaneously looking at the problem from multiple vantage points. In the paper, Dr. Linquiti defines and describes eight basic lenses that can be used to gain deeper insight into the essential causes and effects of an environmental problem. The paper can be downloaded here.

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How students and alumni describe the ENRP program:

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

"DC is the heart of policy."  –ENRP Graduate

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

"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."  – ENRP Graduate

"I liked how I was able to choose a geography course and a public policy course, and both were able to count towards my degree."  –ENRP Student

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

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