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Nicholas School of the Environment Duke University

  • Durham, NC
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 62%38%
    student ratio
  • 331
    total students
  • $31,800 | $31,800
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 15
    fall application deadline
  • 19%
    acceptance rate
  • 0 Degree
    degrees offered

Overview

Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University

Today is a time of great challenges and opportunities. Environmental, economic, political and technological changes are transforming society and the planet at a pace unprecedented in human history.

They have brought the world to a crossroads where the choice ahead is clear.

The world can either continue along the old, dead-end course that pits "us versus them" and leads to increasing competition for diminishing resources, or the world can work together to forge a new, sustainable path to the future.

As one of the world's premier schools for the study of environmental science and policy, the Nicholas School is committed to helping forge the wiser path.

Through the research and outreach of the 56 core faculty members and over 50 affiliated faculty members, Duke University engages with scientists, governments, industry leaders, conservation practitioners, and communities throughout the world to address critical issues like climate change, energy, water quality, ecosystem management and conservation, and human and environmental health.

Through academic programs at the Ph.D. and master's levels, Duke strives to produce a new breed of environmental leaders. The alumni can be found in laboratories and think tanks worldwide and in all sectors of the global economy, from the halls of Congress to the jungles of Central America, and from the top floors of corporate headquarters to the ground floor of grass-roots NGOs.

Their success is grounded in an educational model that combines rigorous classroom academics with an emphasis on practical, skills-based instruction. Duke's expectation is that each and every graduate of the Nicholas School has the knowledge to understand the complexities and pluralities of today's environmental challenges; the practical skills to devise and implement effective solutions; the real-world acumen to use markets and public-private partnerships, as well as more traditional governmental tools, to achieve desired outcomes; the ability to think critically across disciplines; and the flexibility to work in teams or individually.

Degree Programs/Master's Programs

The Nicholas School of the Environment's programs of study are designed for students with a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds in the natural and physical sciences, social sciences, business, and engineering. Program requirements assure that all students acquire sufficient breadth to integrate relevant knowledge, yet sufficient depth to make sound decisions. The school offers 2 professional master's degrees, the Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry, as well as undergraduate and doctoral degree programs.

Within the Master of Environmental Management degree program there are 7 areas of concentration, including: "Coastal Environmental Management," "Ecosystem Science and Conservation," "Energy and Environment," "Environmental Economics and Policy," "Global Environmental Change," "Water Resources Management," and "Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health." The Master of Forestry degree focuses in "Forest Resource Management."

The Nicholas School's Admissions Criteria

Admissions criteria for the Nicholas School of the Environment are designed to ensure that admitted students will perform well while they are at Duke and after they graduate. Academic performance as an undergraduate, scores on the Graduate Record Examination, and work experiences are the primary factors considered in the application review process. Letters of recommendation, the applicant's statement of educational goals, extracurricular activities, and other information requested on the application also provide a basis for selection. The Admissions Committee evaluates each candidate for his or her academic potential, professional promise, and ability to benefit from and contribute to the goals of the school. For more information, students are invited to contact the Nicholas School's Office of Academic and Enrollment Services.


Location & Contact

Nicholas School of the Environment

Duke University

Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328
United States

William Chameides

Dean

Phone: 919-613-8004
Fax: 919-613-8719

Ms. Cynthia Peters

Assistant Dean for Academic and Enrollment Services

Phone: 919-613-8070
Fax: 919-513-8719

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Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$31,800
    • Out-of-state tuition *$31,800
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition for full-time MEM and MF Students annually
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$866 + Health Insurance
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • * Fees for full-time graduate students
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 15
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Natural Resource Economics/Policy Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Natural Resource Systems Science Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Natural Resource Science/Ecology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Environmental Management Master of Environmental Management (MEM)
    • Forestry Master of Forestry (MF)
    • Juris Doctor/Master of Arts (JD/AM)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 11
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees V and Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

19% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 99
    • Accepted 19
    • Acceptance Rate 19
    • Enrolled 12
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, previous course work in natural or social sciences relevant to environmental interests, college calculus, and college statistics, and microeconomics or ecology
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL or IELTS

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students331
    • Female Percentage62%
    • Male Percentage38%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students331
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty124
    • Full-time Percentage60%
    • Part-time Percentage40%
    • Female Percentage31%
    • Male Percentage69%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchClimate change, energy, water quality, ecosystem management and conservation, human and environmental health
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


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