Why Duke Environment?

Considering an environmental master's degree?
Here's why you should choose Duke's Nicholas School:

In-Demand & Transferrable Skills

The Nicholas School offers the best of both worlds: the practical nature of a professional degree, combined with the specificity of an MS degree. Science, economics, policy, decision-making, and risk analyses are the real-world tools students are taught to employ when examining critical global issues.

Extensive Financial Aid Program

We are committed to making this world-class education affordable to all qualified students, regardless of their financial circumstances.
  • More than 80% of students receive aid
  • $5.6 million in financial aid was offered to our latest class
  • Scholarships, fellowships, assistantships
  • Nicholas Scholars Program
  • Need-based aid

Dedicated Career Center

Our Career and Professional Development Center staff works directly with students, alumni, and employers to connect outstanding candidates with outstanding opportunities.

  • One on one career consultations
  • Networking opportunities
  • Resume-building workshops
  • Leveraging 30 years of connections with employers

Career Tracks

5,000+ Alumni Across the World Making an Impact

As a Nicholas School graduate, you'll be part of our global alumni network and will benefit from the respect and influence a Duke degree carries.

  • Career opportunities in private, public and entrepreneurial sectors in all corners of the globe
  • Networking events
  • Mentoring programs

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are core principles here. We believe they are essential not only for the future of our school, but also of our profession and planet.

Location, Location, Location



A progressive community with a unique mix of rich history, pioneering achievements and diverse culture

  • "Top 10 places to live"
    (US News & World Report)
  • Short drive from Washington, DC
  • "The South's Tastiest Town"
    (Southern Living)
  • Plenty of outdoor activities from hiking to water recreation



  • World-renowned Duke Marine Lab
  • Year-round study opportunities
  • Unparalleled access to faculty and research
  • "America's Coolest Small Town"
    (Budget Travel Magazine)

Duke Forest

Duke Forest

  • 7000-acre teaching and research forest
  • Outdoor classrooms
  • Real-time access to climate, ecological and forestry research

Research Triangle Park

Research Triangle Park

  • Hotbed of innovation
  • 100s of innovative companies, NGOs, nonprofits and startups
  • 8 local universities

North Carolina

North Carolina

  • 3 hrs to mountains or the beach
  • Birthplace of env justice movement
  • Fast growing STEM economy
  • 300+ miles of coastline
  • Ample opportunities for nature experiences and recreation in the mountains with its many state and national parks

Duke Kunshan University, China

Duke Kunshan University, China

  • International Masters in Environmental Policy
  • Opportunity to study at DKU as part of your MEM/MF experience

Cutting-Edge Research

Cross-disciplinary research in: atmospheric science; climate change; ecology & conservation; economics, policy & governance; energy; environmental health; forests; geosciences; oceans; sustainability; technology; toxicology; water; wetlands; and more

More than 150 faculty working in more than 75 countries and oceans worldwide

Cross-disciplinary Research Centers & Labs

Opportunities for MEM/MF students to work with faculty and PhD students campuswide

In Their Words

Students & alumni talk about why the Nicholas School is the place to be.