Buildings in the U.S. are responsible for 40% of the country’s total energy consumption. By improving the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings, the emissions generated from heating and cooling them could be reduced – preventing thousands of premature deaths every year.
Yale School of the Environment
A Sustainable Future
We are a community that is all-in on creating a more sustainable world — for ourselves and for future generations
Professor of Economics Matthew Kotchen argues that the social cost of carbon, which accounts for the future damage that atmospheric carbon causes, is preferable to an alternative approach put forward by two prominent economists.
Research Highlight: Rivers Are Largest Source of Mercury in Oceans
Ten rivers are responsible for half of the riverine mercury entering the world's oceans — with the Amazon River, the Ganges, and the Yangtze topping the list.
Innovative, Implementable Solutions
Why Yale School of the Environment?
Local, National, International Opportunity
Students conduct research and gain field experience in locations across the U.S. and the world — from Washington, D.C. to Singapore.
Meghna Krishnadas’ doctoral research was recognized for its novel insight into ecological processes.
Partnerships Across Yale University
The Yale School of the Environment has strong connections with scholars across the Yale campus, including through joint-degree programs with six professional schools.
Programs & Degrees
The Yale School of the Environment offers a variety of degree programs, many of which can be customized to meet each student’s professional goals, and prepare them for careers in environmental science, management, and policy.
Application Deadline: December 15, 2021Apply to the Masters Program
Doctoral Application Deadline: January 2, 2022Apply to the Doctoral Program
Master of Environmental Science (MESc)
The MESc is designed for students who want to conduct original scientific research on today’s global environmental challenges. Students can choose research topics from a wide array of topics, and the program has a deep disciplinary focus that includes formalized coursework and research in the philosophy and practice of science. Faculty advisors work closely with students on their scientific research, helping students to design and implement master’s research that is consistent with their career goals.
Master of Forest Science (MFS)
The MFS is designed for students wishing to conduct scientific research on forest-and-people-related topics. The degree program has a deep disciplinary focus and includes formalized training in the philosophy and practice of science. Training is provided through coursework in combination with extensive research on a forest-related issue of interest. The scientific research required for this degree is conducted in close collaboration with a faculty advisor, who works with students to design and implement a program for their master’s research that is consistent with their career goals.
Doctoral Degree (PhD)
The PhD program is designed for scholars and researchers who want to understand and solve complex environmental challenges. The five-year program is fully funded and independent of any faculty research grants, allowing doctoral students the opportunity to work with Yale’s world-renowned faculty, and the intellectual freedom to explore the environmental issues that most inspire them. Graduates complete the doctoral program having gained the disciplinary depth and strong leadership skills which enable them to have success in any career path — academic, government research, policy, nonprofits, and the private sector.
Peter Umunay ’10 PhD
Peter Berrill, doctoral candidate
Master of Environmental Management (MEM)
The MEM curriculum is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of one area — a specialization — while also offering the flexibility to explore other disciplines and subject areas. The program draws from coursework in the natural and social sciences and focuses on the complex relationships between policy, management, and science. Graduates of the program are next-generation leaders, working across disciplines and sectors — industry, government, NGOs, academia — to tackle the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Master of Forestry (MF)
The MF is designed in three educational stages with an emphasis on development of technical knowledge and professional skills: stage one provides a foundation in biological, physical, and social sciences; stage two focuses on frameworks and skills for integrating knowledge within a social, economic, and political context; stage three is clinical and prepares students for solving real-world management and policy problems around people and forests.
Accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), the MF prepares students for a wide range of careers — from conservation to development, from rural to urban, from global to local.
James Puerini ’21 MF
Tes Myrie ’19 MF
Thomas Launer ’19 MF and Devon Ericksen ’20 MF
Joint, Dual & Combined
With Another Yale School
The Yale School of the Environment offers several options for joint master’s degrees with all four YSE master’s degree programs, giving students the opportunity to gain the interdisciplinary skills and framework needed to solve today’s global environmental challenges.
· Law (JD)
· Management (MBA)
· Public Health (MPH)
· Global Affairs (MA)
· International Development Economics (MA)
· Divinity (MDiv or MAR)
· Architecture (MArch I or II)
· African Studies, East Asian Studies, or European & Russian Studies (MA)
· Engineering (MS)
*Yale School of the Environment also offers a combined doctoral degree/PhD with Yale University’s Department of Anthropology.
With an Outside Institute or University
Yale School of the Environment offers several options for joint or dual master’s degrees with schools outside of Yale — giving students an opportunity to make connections and build networks across two organizations, while gaining the interdisciplinary skills and framework needed to solve today’s global environmental challenges.
*Yale School of the Environment also offers a combined doctoral degree with the New York Botanical Garden, which is funded by The Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship.
Katie Bleau ’20 MEM/Vermont Law
Centers, Programs, and Initiatives
From Local to Global
Yale School of the Environment’s more than 20 centers and programs are having immediate impact across many sectors and disciplines. They also provide students with numerous opportunities to gain hands-on clinical and research experience.
Each year, ELTI offers practitioners throughout Asia and the Americas tools and training to protect these endangered landscapes and achieve more sustainable practices.
The Urban Resources Initiative works with the city of New Haven to plant street trees, build bioswales, and promote urban forestry.
The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication tracks Americans perceptions of climate change at the state, congressional district, and county levels.