Elliott School Debuts New Concentration in Global Energy and Environmental Policy

March 21, 2016

WASHINGTON—The Elliott School’s largest graduate program, the Master of Arts in International Affairs degree, is launching a new concentration in Global Energy and Environmental Policy (GEEP). Students will be able to officially declare this field as their area of specialization within the International Affairs curriculum in the Spring 2016 semester.

This new interdisciplinary field will explore the nexus between energy, environmental economics, climate change, and policy.  It will be the first concentration of its kind at the Elliott School and will comprise cross-disciplinary courses from schools and departments across the university in public policy, international business, engineering, public health, and law.

“We are very excited to launch the new Global Energy and Environmental Policy concentration. The timing could not be more right to engage the increasingly important policy debate,” said Dean Reuben E. Brigety II.

Data from a Foreign Policy survey highlights the timely and necessary introduction of this field to GW. According to a highly recognized group of America’s top international relations scholars, global climate change is ranked as the most important foreign policy issue the United States will face over the next 10 years.

As one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs, the Elliott School prepares students for careers that engage the most important global challenges; this new field will train students to accomplish just that.

“Graduates of our program that fulfill the GEEP requirements will be well equipped to enter the workforce in multiple sectors,” said Dr. Marcus D. King, Director of the Master of Arts International Affairs. “The curriculum will provide students with a strong technical academic foundation and deep analytical understanding of the environmental challenges ahead.”

The field is fitting for students interested in employment in the following sectors: international organizations, global finance organizations, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, consulting companies, emerging market investment firms, and public relations agencies.

Incoming and currently enrolled graduate students interested in GEEP should browse through the curriculum and contact the International Affairs program.

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