The Environmental Systems Analysis and Modeling concentration will provide you with the mathematical and empirical tools necessary to address complex issues marked by interrelated political, environmental, and social aspects. For instance: climate change, which involves physical systems (climate models), economic systems (decisions regarding emissions and emission-reducing technologies), and political systems (governmental decisions to regulate or provide incentives).
Address complex, interrelated issues
2STUDENTS FOCUSED ON ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM ANALYSIS & MODELING (Spring 2021)
8:1FACULTY: STUDENT RATIO
90.4%MPA-MSES PLACEMENT RATE (2018)
A strong skill base
Our signature dual degree program combines rigorous scientific training with one of the nation’s best masters programs in policy and management for a powerful and flexible combination of skills—positioning you at the crucial intersection of science, policy, and society. All dual MPA-MSES students must take the core requirements from both the MPA and the MSES degrees program.
Add in-depth knowledge and detail
In addition to your core competencies, you will take three required classes which deliver the fundamental theories and tools of Environmental Systems and Modeling. You will then choose six elective classes, which come from two different areas; Science and Policy & Administration. Please note that two of your six electives must come from the Science Section and two electives from the Policy & Administration. The remaining two can come from either of the two areas.
- Environmental Risk Analysis (E 560)
- Data Analysis and Modeling for Public Affairs (P 507)
- Management Science for Public Affairs (P 539)
- Water Quality Modeling (E 502)
- Fundamentals of Air Pollution (E 515)
- Vector-based Geographic Information Systems (E 518)
- Application of Geographic Information Systems (E 529)
- Aquatic Chemistry (E 539)
- Groundwater Flow Modeling (E 554)
- Fluid Mechanics (E 555)
- Organic Pollutants: Environmental Chemistry and Fate (E 564)
- Applied Spatial Statistics (GEOG-G 558)*
*You must work with an adviser when taking courses outside of O'Neill.Policy & Administration Electives (at least 6 credit hours)
- Benefit-Cost Analysis (P 541)
- Public Program Evaluation (P 562)
- Environmental Economics and Policy (R 625)
- Energy Economics and Policy (R 674)
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.
Experiential learning that makes an impact
The O’Neill MPA-MSES program offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You’ll benefit from experiential learning, typically through an approved internship. What's more, your concentration's course work will culminate in a project-oriented course— an O’Neill Capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program, gaining practical career experience before you graduate.
Recent placements and internships
O’Neill’s dedicated Career Hub will assist you as you seek an internship or post-graduate employment, and our alumni community is an excellent lead source.
- Wood River Land Trust
- Nuclear Energy Institute
- Indiana Department of Environmental Management
- Cummins, Inc
- Indiana Department of Natural Resources
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
- Fields Environmental, Inc
- VET Environmental
- Grant Thorton
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.
Learn from faculty with expertise and experience in environmental systems analysis and modeling