Environmental Governance

University of Freiburg

24 months
3000 EUR/year
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Since its establishment in 2005, the Master in Environmental Governance programme at University of Freiburg has been training academics in the broader field of Environmental Governance, understood as new modes of social co-ordination among market, state and civil society actors.

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The M.Sc. programme Environmental Governance (MEG) at University of Freiburg was established to train leaders to be able to reconcile different social perspectives with regard to the sustainable use of environmental resources as a basis for sustainable development - for any development, at any scale from local to global, and in any context worldwide.


Generally spoken MEG qualifies for jobs as intermediaries in the field of sustainable development and sustainable resource management with 

  • International and national organisations and administrations focusing on sustainable development / sustainable use of resources (e.g. World Bank, UNEP, national ministries, NGO)s;
  • Companies for which a commitment to the principles of sus
  • tainability has become a central strategic competitive advantage. (e.g. industry, utilities, insurance companies and banks);
  • Projects aimed at planning and implementing successful future development schemes based on the sustainable utilisation of natural resources (at local, regional or national levels);
  • Science and research centres.

At the same time, the programme offers further education to leaders (politics, industry, public administration) from transitional or developing countries and members of governmental and non-governmental development organisations as well as banks and insurance companies.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Environmental Psychology and Sociology 
  • Environmental Policy Analysis 
  • Sustainability and Governance
  • Global Societal Changes
  • Regional Studies 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


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.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • BSc or BA (or equivalent primary degree) well above average in Agricultural or Forest Sciences, Geography, Political Sciences, Sociology, Law, Economics, Ethnology, International Cooperation, Development Studies, Nature Conservation, Environmental Management, Land Use Planning, Natural Resource Management, among others.
  • Your average grade / GPA from the Bachelor must be equivalent to minimum 2.5 or better, under the German Degree System (1.0 max – 4.0 pass). We use the Bayerische Formel to convert international grades.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.


As the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources does not give away scholarships, candidates should apply for funding from other institutions

  • DAAD- scholarships for young professionals from developing countries (EPOS)
  • Other DAAD scholarships
  • Organisations for Promoting Young Talent
  • Other scholarship opportunities
  • Support offered by the International Office of Freiburg University
  • Scholarship databases 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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