M.Sc. On Campus

Earth System Science & Policy

University of North Dakota

24 months
23005 USD/year
17254 USD/year
11502 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

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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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

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  • International

    23005 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23005 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    17254 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17254 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    11502 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11502 USD per year during 24 months.
  • Minnesota residents: 14,608.32 USD per year

Living costs for Grand Forks

1000 - 2180 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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