What will I learn?

The environmental sciences, policy and management (ESPM) major is designed to address the needs posed by the complexity of environmental and renewable resource issues that are faced on a state, national, and global level. This interdisciplinary, environmental major prepares graduates to solve environmental problems from an integrated knowledge base.

The mission of the ESPM major is to

  • Improve the basis for environmental decision-making by integrating physical, biological, and social sciences with policy analysis and management;
  • Educate the next generation of environmental professionals and leaders;
  • Foster innovative approaches for the education of environmental professionals;
  • Facilitate science/social science/policy linkages within and beyond the University.

Students complete a set of common "integrated core" courses that focus on integrated problem-solving using environmental sciences, policy, ethics, management models, and communication theory. Students also incorporate classroom and fieldwork.

Intake: Fall and Spring

Which department am I in?

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$34,986.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 January 2022


College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

277 Coffey Hall,

1420 Eckles Avenue,



55108, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Student are required to have a high school graduation A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following: 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college; 2.50 transferring from outside the University.

For international students

Student are required to have a high school graduation

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – 79; IELTS Academic – 6.5; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – 180.

Application Deadline for Fall: For freshmen international students the deadlines are November 1 (early action 1 deadline), December 1 (early action 2 deadline) and January 1 (regular deadline)


About University of Minnesota

UMN is one of the United States’ top public research institutions, where students gain a world-class education on a historic campus in a vibrant city.

  • 150+ undergraduate and 200+ graduate programs to choose from
  • Beautiful campus with the Mississippi River on site
  • World-class academics and close personal support throughout
  • Excellent opportunities for scholarships and financial awards