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
  • $5.4 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. Our MEM/MF student body is 36% male, 64% female, 11% international and 33% minority.

Location, Location, Location



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

  • "#1 Best City for Millenials" (Forbes 2017)
  • "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.

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