Environmental leadership is more than the will to
change the world, it’s the expertise required to do so.

Nicholas School Executive Education programs equip you with the
knowledge, experience and connections to tackle the
environmental challenges we face.

What you get from our courses

Environmental leadership is being proactive about your organization’s environmental goals, not reactive to its challenges. If you have the experience and grit to lead your organization in an ever-changing world and the vision to create a sustainable future, then the Nicholas School Executive Education courses are for you. Our courses are designed with the working environmental professional in mind, focusing on content that will hone your skills and develop your ability to spearhead environmental change in your organization.

Expand and deepen your knowledge and skill sets. We offer a diverse array of focused studies geared toward the seasoned practitioner. Our unique curriculum blends theory with practice and applied training, giving you knowledge and tools that can be immediately applied to benefit your organization—and advance your career.

Learn from and engage with recognized leaders. Our diverse team of instructors includes renowned Duke faculty members and practicing subject-matter experts who are effective teachers with real-world expertise. As the United States’ premier provider of environmental education, the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment provides the ideal learning environment for professional growth. You will learn from those in the vanguard of environmental science and policy. 

Meet new colleagues and broaden your network. Our peer-to-peer learning environment encourages participants to openly share ideas and information, taking advantage of the breadth of experience each participant brings to the table. Course socials, group exercises, and post-course online forums facilitate collaboration and capacity-building, helping participants to forge lasting and productive relationships. Our alumni consistently go on to become highly influential environmental leaders.

Hone your expertise without leaving your job. We specifically designed the Executive Education course offerings to provide flexibility for the hardworking professional. Course offerings and formats allow you to continue working while receiving training in a variety of subjects. Our courses let you hone your skills without putting your job on hold.


The program at work

"The classroom role playing was very fun and very interactive and the peer-to-peer social events allowed participants a memorable experience. The Marine Planning Advancement Training was a success and will help coastal decision-makers remember the steps of the coastal and marine spatial planning process."

John Knowles
The Nature Conservancy

"Having reached a mid-point in my career, I realized I was going to have to remake myself to compete in today's marketplace. Duke's [Executive Education] Program has helped me retool for the next stage."

Peter T. Masson
Executive Education Program Participant


Choose from multiple formats to meet your needs. We offer courses in three formats so you can pick the one that best works with your schedule and goals. Place-based sessions are offered in-person at Duke University. Online courses create virtual classrooms with web conferencing technology. Custom courses bring our Executive Education program to your organization and are tailored to your specific group or project.

Our breadth of courses offers content and curriculum essential to working environmental professional in a variety of fields. Our current course offerings include a range of subjects, including marine planning, case studies, environmental communications, conservation finance, environmental management, adaptive management, and spatial modeling. 

Learn more about our upcoming courses to find the perfect fit for your career advancement.

Next Steps

If our courses sound right for you, here’s what to do next:

If you have questions, consult our FAQs or contact us at execed@nicholas.duke.edu.

Want to take your learning to the next level? Consider earning a master’s degree. Our online Master of Environmental Management Program is designed specifically for working professionals.

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