Earth System Science & Policy

University of North Dakota

24 months
21067 USD/year
15800 USD/year
10533 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Help solve complex human-driven changes affecting Earth system sustainability, including shaping environmental policy and integrating environmental and resource economics, with the Earth System Science & Policy program from University of North Dakota.


Human activities are generating changes to Earth’s land surface, oceans, coasts and atmosphere, biological diversity, water cycle, and biogeochemical cycles that demand graduate-level research and technical expertise. The M.S. program is intended for those primarily interested in the science of the Earth’s systems, as well as how that science can be integrated into programs of action that lead to sustainability.

Why Study Earth System Science & Policy at University of North Dakota?

Study the planet's different systems — hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere and anthroposphere — as an integrated Earth system. The M.S. prepares you for a wide variety of opportunities that touch many industries and government agencies, as well research that focuses on the sustainability of environmental-human interactions within the greater context of the Earth System.

In the M.S. graduate program, you'll gain valuable foundational and technical knowledge to help solve problem areas related to Earth sustainability and global change. Participate in cutting-edge research in vital areas such as glaciology and glacio-hydrology, agro-ecology, theoretical ecology and macroecology, renewable energy, physical earth processes, oceanography, public policy, environmental economics, Earth systems modeling, and geospatial analysis.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Earth System Science and Policy
  • Earth System Science and Policy Laboratory
  • Ecosystem Services: Valuing Nature in a Market Society
  • Earth Systems Modeling
  • Advanced Topics in Geospatial Technologies
  • Communicating Environmental Information
  • Environmental Economics, Policy and Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have satisfactorily completed a minimum of college-level algebra plus 3 credits of college statistics or calculus.
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 semester credits in the natural or physical sciences, e.g., physics, chemistry, geosciences, biology or related sciences.
  • Have earned a minimum average GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, on all upper division college-level coursework.
  • Submit score from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
  • Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21067 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21067 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    15800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15800 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    10533 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10533 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.

Minnesota Residents $13,377/year


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