Program in Environmental Conservation Education Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development New York University

Program in Environmental Conservation Education Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development New York University

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Preparing Students for Environmental Careers in Education

NYU Steinhardt's MA degree program in Environmental Conservation Education prepares students in the theories, skills, and strategies for environmental education. The interdisciplinary curriculum draws on social, philosophical, political, and educational perspectives on the environment, enabling students to build on their knowledge of the role of education in solving environmental problems.

Students become part of a warm, supportive learning environment in which they critique the profound effects of human activity on the planet and identify and apply environmental theories and policies across a broad range of formal and non-formal settings. Through coursework and New York City-based fieldwork, they evaluate, develop, or implement educational initiatives; undertake applied research in environmental education; and develop skills in planning environmental education programs, including program design, curriculum development, evaluation, grant writing, policy analysis, and non-profit management. Graduates are able to build environmental awareness and promote advocacy not only in educational settings, but also in non-profit, corporate, and public service domains.

The Curriculum

The curriculum combines core courses in "Foundations of Environmental Thought," "Cities and Their Environments," "Environmental Politics," and "Environmental Education: Theory and Practice" with a wide range of elective courses taken within NYU Steinhardt, the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students can choose elective classes to fit their particular interests, focusing their studies on such as areas as environmental justice, curriculum design, teacher education, policy studies, ecology, youth education, non-formal education, and sustainability. Close affiliations with the Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education and Steinhardt's Science Education program provide students with additional opportunities to study and work closely with science education faculty members on research, curriculum projects, and other environmental initiatives.

The program uses New York City as a laboratory, providing students with a unique urban experience in which to study contemporary environmental issues and programs, develop educational initiatives, or undertake applied research. Students spend one semester interning in a business, organization, school, or center involved in environmental education. Recent internship placements include the American Museum of Natural History, Audubon Society, Department of Environmental Conservation, Jane Goodall Institute, United Nations, Wildlife Conservation Society, and local public schools. Internships often lead directly to jobs after graduation.

The curriculum also fosters a global perspective through several study abroad courses on education-related topics, taken during the summer or January intersession.

Students may study full- or part-time. Many courses in are offered in the evenings to accommodate working professionals.

Environmental Conservation Education Students and Alumni

Students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have experience teaching or have volunteered or worked with organizations concerned with environmental issues, while others have recently completed undergraduate degrees in education, environmental or biological sciences, or related fields. The program is ideally suited for those who have a demonstrated interest in environmental issues and/or education.

Graduates of the program live and work in the United States and around the world. They direct projects, evaluate programs, consult, advocate for change, develop new policies, and create and run their own companies or non-profit organizations--all in the name of educating the public about environmental conservation and sustainability. They hold positions in city, state, federal, and international agencies; parks, nature centers, science centers, zoos, and botanical gardens; non-profit organizations; and public and private schools. Other graduates go on to law school or PhD degree programs in environmental education.


The program's faculty members are recognized leaders in the field. They have worked on one of the largest urban forest restoration projects in New York City; developed programs for teachers and students; created curricula for formal and non-formal education settings; and have written and published on such topics as collective action, engagements with community and environment, and designing policy and institutions from a relational perspective. They are available to students both through the courses they teach as well as through individual advisement.

Admissions and Financial Aid

The application deadline for Fall admission is February 1.

Each year, NYU Steinhardt awards $6 million in tuition scholarships to master's students, which are determined by merit and financial need. These scholarships, combined with loans and student employment, help both full- and part-time students afford the cost of a graduate education. Applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents and who complete their Free Application for Student Aid on time will be considered for financial aid.

Location & Contact

Program in Environmental Conservation Education

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York University

239 Greene Street
New York, NY 10003
United States

Dr. Mary Leou

Acting Director

Phone: 212-998-5474
Fax: 212-995-4832

Phone: 212-998-5030
Fax: 212-995-4328

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Environmental Education Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 23
    • 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? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


91% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 36
    • Accepted 33
    • Acceptance Rate 91
    • Enrolled 17
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

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 awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students33
    • Female Percentage91%
    • Male Percentage9%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students33
    • Part-time Percentage39%
    • Full-time Percentage61%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino14%
    • Black / African American7%
    • White / Caucasian69%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown7%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty2
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchEnvironmental ethics, values and policy, philosophy and geography
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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