What will I learn?

The dual degree program is offered jointly by the Departments of Environmental Sciences and Public and International Affairs. Full-time students will earn two degrees - a Master of Science in Environmental Studies (M.S. EVS) and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) - in three years as opposed to four years if enrolled separately. This degree option is specifically for students who want to bridge the communication gap between environmental science and public policy. Potential post-graduation opportunities associated with the program include: career tracks in coastal planning and management and other environmental programs at the federal, state, or local level; careers in nonprofit organizations focused on environmental issues; and private sector jobs focused on consulting or regulatory compliance.

The dual M.S. EVS/M.P.A. degree program requires three academic years of full-time study consisting of a minimum of 57 credit hours. This is accomplished by sharing a maximum of 18 credit hours that will count toward both degree programs. Students in the M.P.A. program will not be required to complete a concentration. Instead, that requirement is replaced by the required EVS coursework.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
US$17,834.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2019

Start date

21 August 2019


College of Arts and Sciences

601 South College Road,


North Carolina,

28403, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have a minimum score of 550 on paper based TOEFL.

For international students

Applicants seeking admission to the program must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or its equivalent from a foreign institution of higher education based on a four-year program;
  • A strong academic record with an average GPA of 3.0 or better in the undergraduate program;

English language requirements: TOEFL - Minimum score of 550 (paper test), or a minimum score of 79 on the Internet-based test (TOEFL IBT). IELTS minimum score of 6.5 or 7.0 to be eligible for a teaching assistantship, but this score does not guarantee acceptance. A minimum score of 45 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or a minimum of 25 on the speaking section of the TOEFL IBT or an examination of comparable score on an equivalent test is required to be eligible for an instructional assignment.

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