M.S. in EEVP

EEVP Program LogoEcological Economics, Values and Policy (EEVP) is a program that aims to educate leaders for a sustainable future. 

Interdisciplinary Program
      A unique collaboration between Rensselaer's world-renowned Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Department of Economics centered in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, EEVP proceeds from the premise that twenty-first century environmental education must be multidisciplinary, innovative, and action-oriented. EEVP draws on Rensselaer's extraordinary resources in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering to provide an unparalleled combination of stimulating courses and instructors. The EEVP faculty includes highly regarded, award-winning professors of ecological economics, environmental ethics and philosophy, environmental politics and policy, environmental law and culture, and many environmental science and engineering specialties. 

Program Summary

The Ecological Economics, Values and Policy Professional Masters Program builds on our nationally recognized cluster of environmental faculty and course offerings in the economic, political, social, cultural and ethical implications and interactions of science, technology, environment, and society. It is aimed at students with a B.S. degree who wish to obtain additional education for professional positions in the government, nonprofit sector, or private sector. The mix of economics and policy courses is especially good preparation for students who wish to do policy-related work in the government or nonprofit sector, and an internship requirement allows students to get hands-on experience in the state government or NGO sector. Some students are working professionals in the Capital District area, and part-time options are available for working professionals. Upon completion of the program, graduates obtain jobs as environmental activists or professionals, or they go on additional work. A significant portion of the EEVP alumni have gone on for a Ph.D. in economics, policy, or other social science field, and some have also gone to law school.



Note that there is considerable flexibility for the curriculum, and students may propose substitutions with the approval of advisors from both the STS and Economics Departments.

30 Credit Hour Version

Common: 2 Courses

  • ECON/STSS-6600 Seminar In Ecological Economics, Values, and Policy
  • ECON/STSS-6650 EEVP Professional Project

Economics: 4 courses

  • ECON-6490 Introduction to Economic Theory
  • Two of the following:
    • ECON-6230 Advanced Environmental Economics
    • ECON-6240 Advanced Natural Resource Economics
    • ECON-6250 Advanced Ecological Economics
  • One elective, for example:
    • ECON-4150 Economics of Government Regulation
    • ECON-4160 Public Finance
    • ECON-4190 International Economics
    • ECON-6210 Advanced Cost Benefit Analysis
    • ECON-6550 Advanced Microeconomics
    • ECON-6590 Advanced Macroeconomics

Science and Technology Studies: 4 courses

  • STSH-4300 Environmental Philosophy
  • STSS-6200 Environment & Social Theory
  • One of the following two courses:
    • STSS-4320 Environmental Politics & Policy
    • STSS-4540 Environment, Law, & Culture
  • One elective, for example:
    • STSH-6020 Values & Policy
    • STSS-4390 Environment & International Policy
    • STSS-4400 Risky Technologies
    • STSS-4500 Environment & Development
    • STSS-6010 Concepts in STS
    • STSS-6100 Seminar in Science & Technology Policy
    • STSS-6400 Environment & Health

Total: 10 courses, or 30 credit hours (all courses are 3 credit hours, or can be taken for 3 credits)

Program Faculty

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences has an exceptionally strong cluster of faculty in the Economics and STS Departments who specialize in or devote a significant portion of their research and teaching to environmental issues. There are also many faculty throughout Rensselaer who are dedicated to environmental research.

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