Nicholas School of the Environment

Duke University
Durham, NC


Details at a Glance

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  • Financial Aid Available

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Degrees Offered

Master of Environmental Management (MEM)
Master of Forestry (MF)
Duke Environmental Leadership Master of Environmental Management (DEL-MEM)

Our Program

The Nicholas School of the Environment offers 10 master’s degree programs and six concurrent-degree options. Each is structured to give you the practical knowledge, skills and experience to be an environmental leader and innovator, prepared to make positive changes in the world.

Our two-year, on-campus Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Forestry (MF) programs provide students the opportunity to engage with others within a vibrant community, located in one of the country’s most active environmental cities – Durham, NC. Students may also study in “America’s Favorite Town” (Travel & Leisure), Beaufort, NC, at the Duke University Marine Lab. At either location, you will engage with others who are similarly striving to make a positive impact on the world.

Our MEM has 7 program areas of study: Business & Environment (BE); Coastal Environmental Management (CEM); Energy & Environment (EE); Environmental Economics & Policy (EEP); Ecotoxicology & Environmental Health (EEH); Ecosystem Science & Conservation (ESC); and Water Resources Management (WRM). Students may pursue a dual MEM/MF degree, combining a MEM program area with our SAF-accredited Master of Forestry, and complete both in as few as five semesters.

The Duke Environmental Leadership Master of Environmental Management (DEL-MEM) program offers working professionals the opportunity to continue their education, advance their careers, and become leaders in their organizations. Students take coursework online in a cohort-model sequence, and come together for five placed-based sessions during their study. The innovative, flexible format of this hybrid program lets participants maintain their careers and personal lives while earning a master’s degree over the course of two years (four semesters).

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  • Application Fee

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Additional Requirements

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Application Deadline

Priority Deadline: December

Regular Deadline: January

Students are considered equally for admission and merit-based opportunities across both deadlines. Students who apply with the Priority deadline receive their decision sooner.

Student Body


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Clubs & Associations

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Additional Information

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