Bard Center for Environmental Policy Bard College

Bard Center for Environmental Policy Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
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8 Degrees Offered
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Introduction to the Bard Center for Environmental Policy

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy offers graduate degree programs for the next generation of environmental leaders. Bard CEP graduates enter the workforce with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue high-level careers in research and policy.

Distinctive program features include a modular approach to course work; close student-faculty member interaction; professional internships; practical training in geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, and communication strategies; and research opportunities created to fit student interests.

The 2-year, master of science programs include 1 year of campus-based learning, followed by an extended professional internship, and a master's thesis project.

Programs Offered by the Bard CEP

Programs at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy include:

- Master of Science in Environmental Policy (EP)

- Master of Science in Climate Science and Policy (CSP)

- Professional Certificate Program

- Peace Corps Master's International Program

- Master of Science in Environmental Policy (EP)

- Master of Science in Climate Science and Policy (CSP)

- Peace Corps Master's International Program

- Coverdell Fellows Program for Peace Corps returnees

- Dual Degree MS/JD with Pace Law School

- Dual Degree MS/MAT with Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching Program

- Dual Degree MS/MBA with Bard's MBA in Sustainability

The EP and CSP curricula are designed to integrate:

- scientific foundations of environmental policy making

- environmental systems analysis

- environmental and natural resource economics

- environmental laws and regulations

- enforcement and compliance mechanisms

- political processes and institutional arrangements

- human and ecosystem health

- ethical and moral dimensions of policy and environmental stewardship

- stakeholder engagement

- statistical analysis

- research methodology

- geographic information systems

- multimedia communication strategies

- leadership training

Faculty of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy

The Bard CEP faculty is composed of a distinguished core of full-time and affiliated members who are eminent experts and researchers in diverse fields relating to environmental policy and current practices. The high ratio of faculty members to students allows for close rapport and individualized guidance.

Eban S. Goodstein, a prominent environmental economist and director of 2 national educational initiatives on global warming, directs the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. His faculty expertise includes: conservation biology; soil, crop, and atmosphere science; climate and environmental science; environmental and natural resource economics; environmental toxicology; political science; international and public affairs; energy and environmental law; geospatial applications; and more.

Student Life

CEP students come from a variety of academic disciplines, and they bring to Bard a passion about their future roles as environmental leaders. Although each class is diverse in background and interests, all students share a common purpose -- to understand the complexity of environmental problems, and work towards finding viable and sustainable solutions to today's environmental challenges.

Future Employment Opportunities and Alumni Achievements


- Global Warming Program Manager, National Wildlife Federation

- Public Utilities Regulatory Analyst, California Public Utility Commission

- Environmental Specialist, Air Quality Division in DC's Dept of Environment

- Program Analyst, California Center for Sustainable Energy


- Consultant, AKRF, Inc.

- Director , Wallkill Valley Land Trust

- Director, The Campanerio Research Reserve on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica

- Founder, Apple Leaf Corporation

- Environmental Supply Chain Manager, Kaiser Permenente


- Consultant, UNDP Environment & Energy Group Biodiversity Programme

- Consultant, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

- Senior Policy Advisor, Pace Energy and Climate Center

- Project Manager, Environmental Defense Fund, China

Financial Assistant at Bard CEP

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy is committed to assisting qualified students whose personal financial resources are insufficient to meet the expenses of graduate study. Bard CEP is less expensive than many of its competitor programs for students looking for cutting edge, quality graduate school education at a premier liberal arts college in the Northeast. Financial assistance is available in the form of merit-based or need-based fellowships and federal, state, and private loans and grants. Additionally, there are teaching and research assistantships available each year; positions are awarded on a competitive basis. Bard CEP also has scholarships for students committed to public service in Americorps, Peace Corps, and City Year programs.

Student Research

Master's theses topics cover international and national environmental policy issues on a spectrum of topics, for example:

- Evaluation of Habitat Restoration on the Bronx River

- Assessing Community Support for Marine Reserves in the Biminis, Bahamas

- Destined for Delay: EPA's Proposal for Regulating Mercury Emissions from Power Plants

- Land-Use Planning: Fighting Sprawl and Preserving Farms

- "Smart Growth" Policies at the State Level: Designing a Tool to Measure Progress

- Brownfields Redevelopment on Mine-Scarred Lands: Proposals for Successful Community Redevelopment, from Visioning to Landscape Design

- The Assessment of Integrated Pest Management in Orange and Ulster Counties, New York

- Impacts of Windmill Visibility on Property Values in Madison County, New York

- The Driving Force Behind the Use of Compact Fluorescent Lamps in Five Hotel Chains

- Computer E-Waste in India: A Blueprint for Change.

About Bard College

Bard College, located on the Hudson River 90 miles north of New York City, is a private, coeducational liberal arts college with undergraduate programs enriched by research institutes and graduate programs.

Founded in 1860, the college draws its approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students from all regions of the United States and abroad. Situated on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, with majestic views of the Catskill Mountains, Bard College is an ideal location from which to explore the abundant natural and cultural offerings of the Hudson Valley.

Location & Contact

Bard Center for Environmental Policy

Bard College

30 Campus Road
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
United States

Dr. Eban Goodstein


Phone: 845-758-7067
Fax: 845-758-7636

Ms. Molly Williams

Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 845-758-7071
Fax: 845-758-7636

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Environmental Policy Professional Certificate
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Climate Science And Policy Professional Certificate
      Master of Science (MS) [agriculture]
      Master of Science (MS) [ecosystems]
    • Sustainability Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Master of Science/Juris Doctor (MS/JD)
      Master of Science/Master of Arts in Teaching (MS/MAT)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 13
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • 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? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $65
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Spring deadline March 15th March 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE, coursework in statistics, chemistry and one other semester of college science; personal statement; curriculum vitae; 3 letters of recommendation; sample of written work
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 15
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Tuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students66
    • Female Percentage70%
    • Male Percentage30%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students66
    • Part-time Percentage12%
    • Full-time Percentage88%
  • 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 Breakout
    • Total Faculty16
    • Full-time Percentage62%
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchClimate and agriculture, alternative energy, environmental economics, environmental toxicology, EPA law, sustainable development, international relations, literature and composition, human rights, agronomy, advocacy, leadership
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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