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Master of Environmental Policy

Duke Kunshan University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
August 2022

North Carolina
August 2022

August 2023

North Carolina
August 2023

Program description

Master of Environmental Policy

The Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) Program, officially launched in 2016, is a professional graduate degree program tasked with advancing the educational mission of the DKU Environment Program. The iMEP Program is built upon the foundation of Duke’s Nicholas School of Environment and Sanford School of Public Policy, which co-convey the Master of Environmental Policy degree.

The study of environmental policy is an applied field that examines the formation, design, application, evaluation, and impacts of public policies with a focus on providing solutions to environmental problems. The field of environmental policy takes into account the analysis of both contemporary national and international environmental problems, including for instance the study of energy, water, oceans, forests, and urbanization. The iMEP Program approaches the study of environmental policy through an interdisciplinary lens that straddles economics, public policy, political science, law, geography, and the natural sciences among other focus areas. It seeks to train the graduates to become leaders in civil society, business, consulting firms, research institutions, think tanks and entrepreneurial enterprises.

Duke’s mission statement outlines the goals of providing ‘real leadership in the educational world' while pursuing areas of teaching and scholarship that would ‘most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.’ DKU’s mission is to ‘prepare students for professional, intellectual and societal leadership roles across the globe’ by ‘delivering the highest quality undergraduate and graduate education that is truly interdisciplinary.’ The iMEP Program contributes to these objectives by attracting, educating, and training future generations of environmental leaders in China, the United States and internationally. The iMEP coursework, faculty mentorship, and hands-on research and practitioner activities are designed to prepare graduates to work toward pragmatic solutions to environmental policy challenges. Given the large and growing importance of these challenges in China, the United States, and globally, iMEP is positioned to make substantial societal impacts through the future work and leadership of its graduates.

Admission requirements

Applicants to Duke Kunshan University’s graduate programs mush hold the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

All applications need to be proceeded in the online application system. The application fee is waived for Master of Environmental Policy. No requirement for Mandarin.

  • Official TOEFL score (minimum score of 90 required) or IELTS score (minimum score of 7.0 required)*
  • Official GRE score is optional*
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose

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Scholarships & funding

All students are automatically considered for merit scholarships based on their Graduate School application - no additional application is required to be considered for these awards.


On completion of the courses, students will receive a Master's in Environmental Policy from Duke University- Nicholas School of Environment and Sanford School of Public Policy.

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Duke Kunshan University

Duke Kunshan is a world-class liberal arts university based in Kunshan, China, that offers a range of high quality, innovative academic programs for students from around the world. It was established in September 2013 as a U.S.-China partnership between Duke...

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Average rating 4.6

Based on 7 reviews.

iMEP has provided me with many great opportunities: the opportunity to participate in many academic panel discussions, field trips to nature reserves, opportunities to participate in various research or volunteer projects with professors, opportunities to talk with experts face to face … … Life at iMEP is colorful, everyone can explore their own...
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At iMEP, professors are not only teachers, they are also our friends who can share life story with. In addition to academic problems, I would always like to talk with professors about whatever happy or tough things in my life.
iMEP is absolutely a warm big family. The faculty here at iMEP are very tolerant, friendly, willing to listen, and responsible in teaching. They often guide us patiently and there are always detailed comments on our homework. The iMEP staff also cared about students a lot that they prepared each of us a nice health kit during the pandemic.
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