Environmental Management

Integrate environmental science with management and policy

In today’s interconnected world, those who lead for the greater good must possess knowledge in various fields and be able to apply that knowledge where change most often occurs—at the intersections of science, policy, and society. As a graduate of the Environmental Management concentration, you will be well prepared for a number of roles—from environmental consultant and scientist to data or project manager. You will be poised for professional success in virtually any setting—whether in the United States or around the world, in the private or public sector, and at any level of government.

How to apply




Add in-depth knowledge and detail

This concentration integrates the competencies of environmental science with management and policy. Students will master the concepts required for environmental management – science, law, policy, economics, and communication – and combine those concepts with robust knowledge of the state-of-the-art tools needed for implementation. In addition to your required MPA and MSES core courses, you’ll take 24 credit hours (8 courses) of concentration focused courses.

You will select four of the following courses (12 credit hours required).
  • Fundamentals of Air Pollutions (E 515)
  • Environmental Toxicology (E 520)
  • Forest Ecology & Management (E 528)
  • Aquatic Chemistry (E 539)
  • Wetlands Ecology & Management (E 540)
  • Hazardous Materials (E 542)
  • Lake and Watershed Management (E 545)
  • Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (E 562)
  • Natural Resource Management & Policy (R 643)

(12 credit hours required)

You’ll choose your remaining 4 courses from three elective areas; Science-Focused Electives, Law, Management, and Policy Focused Electives, and Tools Electives. At least two must come from Law, Management, and Policy-Focused electives.

Science Focused Electives 
  • Water Quality Modeling (E 502)
  • Restoration Ecology (E 534)
  • Subsurface Microbiology and Bioremediation (E 544)
  • Groundwater Flow Modeling (E 554)
  • Toxicology in the 21st Century (E 555)
  • Organize Pollutants: Environmental Chemistry and Fate (E 574)
  • Energy Systems (E 574)
  • Climate Change Impacts on Natural Resources (E 591 /R 591)
Law, Management, and Policy-Focused Electives 
  • Risk Communication (E 512)
  • Water Law (R 531)
  • Public Natural Resources Law (R 533)
  • Environmental Economics and Policy (R 625)
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy (R 643)
  • Environmental Law (R 645)
  • Energy Economics and Policy (R674)
  • Water Policy and Economics (V 550)
Tools Electives 
  • Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (E 518)
  • Applications of Geographic Information Systems (E 529)
  • Environmental Risk Analysis (E 560)
  • Public Management Information Systems (I 516)
  • Negotiations and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs (M 547)
  • Public Program Management and Contracting (M 654)

The above are examples of your course options. For a complete listing, see the official Indiana University Graduate Bulletin and work with your advisor as you make your schedule.

Gain real-world experience while still in school

You can join the O’Neill Environmental Management & Sustainable Development Association, one of many professional student organizations that offer networking and current information on events in the industry.

Get involved

Learn from faculty with expertise and experience in environmental management

Kerry Krutilla

(812) 855-0492

  • Theory and practice of benefit-cost analysis
  • Environmental and natural resource modeling and policy evaluation

Marc L. Lame
Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus

(812) 855-5249

  • Medical entomology
  • Bedbugs, lice, and ticks
  • School insecticide programs
  • EPA management

Vicky J. Meretsky

(812) 855-4944

  • Landscape-level conservation
  • Conservation under climate change
  • Ecology and management of rare species
  • Integrating ecosystem research and endangered species management within adaptive management

Taylor Elliott-DelBuono, MPA-MSES’17


O’Neill has truly changed the way I see the world and its environmental problems. I feel better equipped to manage for our current and future needs with the skills I’ve gained during my years here.