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What will I learn?

Energy, agriculture, conservation, ecological restoration, climate change adaptation, transportation, water conservation, brownfield redevelopment, storm water management, open space planning—these are some of the complex challenges facing society that occur at the interface of environmental science and public policy. The need for individuals with literacy and skills relevant to both environmental science and public policy has never been greater. The IES dual degree programs with the Master of Public Policy (MPP) prepare graduates to meet these challenges effectively in careers in government, non-profit organizations, and businesses.

These dual degree programs begin with a broad, interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum drawing on courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and business. Undergraduate service-learning, internships, research, and study abroad provide students with rich, experiential learning opportunities. Students then develop more in-depth understanding of policy issues and the professional skills necessary to influence policy outcomes as part of their graduate studies.

The MPP degree requires 37 credit hours of coursework—12 three-credit courses, which includes a three-credit internship or capstone experience, plus a one-credit Professional Development class. This is a professional degree program; it does not require a thesis but rather an internship or capstone experience, which allows students to apply the skills developed in the program and gain work-related experience.

Which department am I in?

School of Environmental Sustainability

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
US$46,410.00 per year
USD $23,205 per semester for 12 to 21 hours; USD $365 for Over 21 hours, additionally per credit hour for bachelor; USD $1,055 per credit hour fee for master degree
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


Loyola University Chicago

1032 W. Sheridan Road,



60660, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a secondary and high school.

For international students

Students must have a high school or secondary school completion from an institution you have attended. Also students must have the following scores,

  • A minimum score of 79 is required for the TOEFL
  • A minimum score of 6.5 for IELTS

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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