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ENRP Students Explore the Mountains

A few students in the ENRP Program took a day trip to Old Rag Mountain, enjoying one of the many benefits of living in the D.C. area.

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 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.

Watch our video to learn more about the Master of Arts in Environmental Resource Policy program at GW.

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.


ENRP 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, and the Urban Food Task Force.


ENRP 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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ENRP's Affiliation with the Trachtenberg School

Learn more about how ENRP and T-school students benefit from a university-wide collection of faculty with deep environmental policy expertise.

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ENRP graduates find diverse opportunities after graduating, applying their knowledge across environmental occupations and driving the change toward a sustainable future.


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."