This Special Programme offered by Yale-NUS and the Yale School of the Environment is designed for students who want to pursue careers in an environmental field. Students in the programme will undergo five years of academic studies and a one-year to two-year internship or job placement. The programme is designed to provide well-prepared Yale-NUS students with graduate training in environmental science, management, and policy.
This programme accelerates the Master’s degree programme through careful integration of the undergraduate curriculum with graduate requirements. After completing four years of undergraduate study, the Yale-NUS Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree will be awarded. Following one additional academic graduate year of study at Yale School of the Environment, students will be awarded the Master of Environmental Science (MESc) or Master of Environmental Management (MEM) degree.
The Master of Environmental Management Degree is designed for students pursuing careers such as environmental policy, analysis, stewardship, education, consulting, or management concerning natural resource sustainability. The programme aims to provide students with a scientific understanding of ecological and social systems, which then can be applied in a policy or management context. The Master of Environmental Science degree is designed for students interested in conducting scientific research that contributes toward basic and applied knowledge. The course of study includes formalised training in the philosophy, ethics, and practice of science.
Students apply for this Special Programme in the first semester of their fourth year. To be eligible, Yale-NUS students must complete the Environmental Studies major requirements and spend one semester during their junior year taking upper level courses at Yale in New Haven. For the Master of Environmental Science (MESc), students must also find a faculty research advisor at Yale to support their application. Students admitted to the Special Programme will also be expected to work in an environmentally-related position for at least one year following graduation from Yale-NUS, and prior to matriculating at Yale School of the Environment. Applicants to and students in this programme receive support from an Environmental Studies faculty advisor and a CIPE advisor.