Thinking about Graduate School?
Environmental Studies graduates are employed by federal and state agencies, private
and public organizations, businesses, and consulting firms. Approximately 70%
of Colby graduates eventually undertake graduate study and Environmental Studies
majors are no exception. Many graduates go directly into consulting firms, non-profit
activist organizations, government agencies, or research institutions and many
of these graduates ultimately end up in some sort of graduate program. Others
proceed to top graduate programs immediately after Colby. In recent years, Environmental
Studies graduates have enrolled in graduate school programs in natural resource management, environmental
education, public policy, regional planning, water quality management, toxicology,
occupational safety, environmental law, environmental health, ecology, microbial
ecology, geology, marine biology, and oceanography.
View a list of programs attended by recent graduates
Policy & Management Graduate Programs
We have two suggestions for students selecting a public policy program to enter for graduate study:
1. check with the program to learn the types and locations of jobs their recent graduates have accepted to see if
these correspond to the kinds of opportunities you are seeking;
2. see if members of the faculty at that institution are working in areas of interest to you. If you
enter the PhD program, you will be working closely with a faculty member on your dissertation and that
relationship will work best if your interests overlap at least to some degree.
Environmental Studies/Science Graduate Programs
Five popular interdisciplinary environmental studies/science graduate programs are highlighted in the right column of this page.
Selected other environmental studies or environmental science graduate programs are listed below.
Public Health/Environmental Health Graduate Programs
Many schools of public health have special departments dedicated to the study of environmental health which explores the adverse influence of the environment on human health and how to control these influences. Masters degrees and PhD programs are available in this up and coming field. Please explore the websites of these schools listed below.
Most law schools offer a range of environmental courses. Even if you
plan to specialize in environmental law, when comparing schools you
should look beyond the number of courses offered and also consider:
academic reputation; opportunities to participate in clinics;
internship and clerking options (for example, a city may offer a
wider range of these opportunities); and relevant law journals.
Environmental Education Graduate Programs
There are relatively few graduate programs that focus on environmental education,
but this situation may change in the future. We have listed some Master's programs
below. For students who wish to pursue a PhD in the field of Environmental Education,
we suggest that they select a graduate school that has a strong PhD program
in Educational Studies, Cultural Studies of Education, or Educational Foundations
that encourages interdisciplinary studies across other graduate programs (such
as Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Biology). For further information
contact Karen Barnhardt in our Education Program. Karen is also the advisor
for Colby's Environmental Education minor.
Natural Science Graduate Programs
Selected graduate programs in ecology, marine sciences, wildlife biology, and
natural resource management are listed below. There are many programs covering
these fields and we recommend consulting with program faculty for further recommendations.
Environmental Engineering Graduate
Helpful Links in the Search for a Grad School:
See an annotated list of graduate school programs related
to environmental studies
Visit the Career Services website for prospective graduate students
Environmental Graduate Program Databases
Directory of Environmental Programs
created by the National Council for Science and the Environment, and the Center for Conservation Biology Network.
Ecology and Conservation Biology Databases
Conservation Biology Grad Program Database
maintained by the Society for Conservation Biology.
General Grad School Program Databases
An online guide and reference book for Graduate
School Planning and Beyond
created by the National Academy Press for science, engineering and policy students.
Peterson's Education Center
A powerful search engine to find, organize and contact graduate schools.
Search for grad schools by concentration and region
Environmental Studies programs in the Northeast
Application and Test Prep Links
Information about taking the GRE
The Law School Admission Council
LSAT Preparation Site
Helpful Links in the Search for a Financial Assistance: