Combined BA/MA Degree

Program of Study
Course Sequencing


The Environmental Resource Policy (ENRP) Program offers a combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (BAMA) program that allows qualified GW undergraduate students in the Environmental Studies program to take up to 12 ENRP graduate-level credits and apply them to both their B.A. and ENRP M.A. degrees. After completing the B.A., students will be able to earn their master's degree by completing only one additional full academic year (summer, fall, and spring semesters) of study. 

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To be eligible to apply, students must have completed 75 undergraduate credits. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or above in Environmental Studies courses or a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above. Applicants are not required to take the GRE.

You may submit an application any time after grades are posted for the semester in which you reach the threshold 75 undergraduate credits. We review applications on a continuing basis with a preferred deadline of April 1 for summer and fall admissions, and October 1 for spring admissions. However, strong applicants will be considered at any time. Whenever you submit your application, we will return a decision within one month, and often much more quickly.

Note that to complete the degree within one calendar year of completion of the B.A., you will have to take 6 credits during summer sessions. Contact Lindsey Duble-Dice to discuss options. 

To apply, submit the following to Lindsey Duble-Dice, the Trachtenberg School's Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment, by April 1 (for summer and fall admission) or October 1 (for spring admission):

  • Statement of purpose (500 words) describing the applicant’s intellectual interests and academic and professional goals.
  • Full transcripts of all undergraduate coursework (unofficial transcript of courses completed at GWU accepted).
  • Recommendation letter written by a professor who instructs one of the courses required for the Environmental Studies major or the Director of the Environmental Studies program who can provide an informed assessment of the applicant’s work. The recommender should send this letter directly to the Director of Graduate Studies of ENRP.
  • Interview with the Trachtenberg School Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment and/or the ENRP Program Director.

After securing the approval from ENRP, the student must submit a form to the CCAS Graduate Admissions Office in Phillips 107.

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We realize that some students may reach senior year out of sync with the standard 4-year program. We will work with you to develop a program of study that meets your circumstances.

Course Waivers:

*Students who have done significant undergraduate coursework relevant to environmental sciences may be able to waive ENRP 6101 and ENRP 6102.  If you believe this situation applies to you, contact ENRP's Director, Peter Linquiti, to discuss further.

**Students who have done significant undergraduate coursework in applied statistics may be able to take PPPA 6013, Econometrics for Policy Research I (spring), instead of PPPA 6002. If you believe this situation applies to you, contact ENRP's Director, Peter Linquiti, to discuss further.

***Students who have done significant undergraduate coursework in economics may be able to take PPPA 6015, Benefit-Cost Analysis (fall or spring), instead of ECON 6007. If you believe this situation applies to you, contact ENRP's Director, Peter Linquiti, to discuss further.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

36 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses.

ECON 6237Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
ENRP 6101Environmental Sciences I: Physical Sciences
ENRP 6102Environmental Sciences II: Life Sciences
PPPA 6002Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6006Policy Analysis
PPPA 6007Microeconomics for Public Policy I
PPPA 6140Introduction to Environmental Law
PPPA 6198Environmental Resource Policy Capstone
12 credits of approved elective drawn from a number of departments throughout the University.

Students who previously completed required courses may be allowed to substitute additional elective courses with program approval. Students may substitute PPPA 6017, PPPA 6014, or Econ 6217 for PPPA 6007.

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