Why Duke Environment?

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

Broad and Flexible Curriculum

No other university - and no other environmental school - takes such a broad approach to environmental science and policy. The Nicholas School emphasizes a systems perspective. 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 for our latest class
  • Scholarships, fellowships, assistantships
  • Nicholas Scholars Program
  • Need-based aid
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Dedicated Career Center

The Nicholas School’s Career & Professional Development Center provides a variety of services to support our guiding mission: to make the vision of a sustainable future a reality. As leading career experts, our four full-time staff members work directly with students, alumni, and employers to connect outstanding candidates with outstanding opportunities.

  • 30 years of connections with employers
  • Resume-building workshops
  • Internship consultations
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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 with all the benefits it confers.

  • Career opportunities in private, public and entrepreneurial sectors in all corners of the globe
  • Networking events
  • Mentoring programs
  • The respect and influence that a Duke-branded education can give you
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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

with all these options....why live/work/study/play anywhere else??




  • World-renowned Duke Marine Lab
  • Year-round study opportunities
  • Unparalleled access to faculty and research
  • Rated "America's Coolest Small Town" by Budget Travel Magazine (2012)
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Duke Forest

Duke Forest

Duke Kunshan University, China

Duke Kunshan University, China

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.



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In Their Words

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

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