Welcome to the Duke Environmental Leadership Program

You are about to join a community of environmental professionals, from across the world, from diverse backgrounds, ready to reinvigorate their environmental, management, and leadership skills by participating in a masters degree program. The pillars for fulfilling the Nicholas School of the Environment’s mission is based on creating knowledge, creating global leaders, and forging a sustainable future.

As a student in the DEL-MEM program, you will contribute to the fulfillment of this mission and, upon successfully completing the program, be better prepared to lead and manage our world towards a more sustainable path. This on its own is a tall order. Accomplishing this mid-career, while working, adds its own hurdles. Stepping back into a “classroom” can be intimidating. Add a family and personal life to the mix and things get complicated. Incorporate a distance-learning format, and your head may begin to spin! Earning a professional degree from Duke is not easy. But, the experiences you gain, the friends and colleagues you will make, and the outcomes you take with you are rewarding and well worth your effort.

Take the time to review this compilation of advice, tips, and expectations from DEL students, alumni, faculty and staff on the expectations and realities of going back to school, how to embrace distance-learning, and being part of the DEL-MEM family (an experience that endures long after you graduate). Also, review this general summary of student and faculty expectations as a member of the DEL-MEM community.



Sherri Nevius

Assistant Dean, Executive & Distance Learning Programs