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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.

ENRP Updates

ENRP at Graduate Program Open House

Join ENRP at the School of Media and Public Affairs Graduate Program Open House on GWU's Foggy Bottom campus on Wednesday, October 15th. The event will take place in the Second Floor Art Gallery Lobby in the Media and Public Affairs Building (805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052). We will be available to talk about the ENRP program and answer any questions you may have from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

Upcoming Information Sessions

GWU's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) will be hosting several online information sessions throughout the fall. The information sessions will cover financial aid, admissions requirements and any other questions you may have about the CCAS master's and certificate programs. Find the schedule here.

GW Sustainable Urban Planning Research Symposium

On Friday, October 24th, the Sustainable Urban Planning Program is hosting its fifth biannual Research Symposium. This year's symposium focuses on the question: Do cities hold the solution to climate change? Click here to learn more and register for the program. The program will run from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM and will be held in the Jack Morton Auditorium on campus.

Top Ten Things Every ENRP Student Should Do While Studying At GW

ENRP provides plenty of opportunities for students to take advantage of our Washington, D.C. location. Throughout the city and surrounding area, there are many opportunities for students to enhance their education outside of the classroom. Check out our list of Top Ten Things Every ENRP Student Should Do While Studying At GW.

Framework for Environmental Analysis

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.

Partnership Increases GW's Investment in Solar Energy

In June 2014, George Washington University, American University, and the George Washington University Hospital announced the Capital Partners Solar Project. The partnership with Duke Energy will connect 52 megawatts of solar photovoltaic power (enough to power 8,200 homes each year) from North Carolina to the DC-area partners. Learn more about the partnership here.

GW Earns Gold Ranking for Sustainability Performance

In its first submission to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), GW received a Gold rating for its sustainability performance.  STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Need Help Finding a DC Internship?

We have compiled a list of organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that work in the environmental policy arena to help you find an internship. ENRP list of DC environmental organizations. You will need to check the organization's website for a list of available internship opportunities. 

Students and Alums Talk about ENRP

In their own words...

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

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