Nicholas School of the Environment Duke University

Nicholas School of the Environment Duke University

Durham, NC
student ratio
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average amount to complete degree
January 15
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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 its professional masters degrees, undergraduates and doctoral students, the Nicholas School is a world-wide leader in a broad array of environmental issues.

Degree Programs/Master's Programs

Graduates of the Nicholas School's professional Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry degrees are leaders in forging a sustainable future.

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.

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 sustainable management of forest lands for business and environmental benefits.

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.

The Nicholas School's Admissions Criteria

Admissions criteria for the Nicholas School of the Environment's professional masters' degrees 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. Interested undergraduates should contact Undergraduate Admissions and doctoral candidates should contact the Duke Graduate School.

Location & Contact

Nicholas School of the Environment

Duke University

Box 90330
9 Circuit Drive
Durham, NC 27708
United States

Cynthia Peters

Assistant Dean, Academic and Enrollment Services 

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

Joel Meyer

Associate Professor of Environmental Toxicology

Phone: 919-613-8002
Fax: 919-613-8061

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Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$32,900
    • Out-of-state tuition *$32,900
    • International student tuition$32,900
    • * Tuition for full-time MEM and MF Students annually. Contact the Graduate School for doctoral tuition and fees
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$958 + Health Insurance
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time fee$40 transcript fee
    • * Fees for full-time professional masters' degrees
  • 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
    • Environment Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Juris Doctor/Master of Arts (JD/MA)
    • Environmental Management Master of Environmental Management (MEM)
    • Forestry Master of Forestry (MF)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • 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? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes, DEL-MEM
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 77
    • Accepted 11
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled 6
  • 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 Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • *for MEM and MF; December 8th for doctoral programs
  • 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 DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 577 paper-based; 90 iBT) or IELTS (minimum score 7)

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students331*
    • Female Percentage68%
    • Male Percentage32%
    • * Professional masters' degrees
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students331
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity*
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian75%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian16%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown4%
    • *Professional masters' degrees


  • 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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