M.A. in Environmental Law

The Master of Environmental Law graduate degree is for those who have earned a bachelor’s degree and have interest in pursuing a career in environmental law or policy, but do not wish to practice law or obtain a law degree. Potential students include people pursuing careers in industry, government, legislative drafting or lobbying, non-profit work, compliance or operations professionals, agency employees, teachers, elected officials, and journalists, as examples.

The Master of Environmental Law degree requires completion of 30 semester credit hours.  As part of the total credit hours, students must complete a “Capstone” project on an approved topic of choice, which can take the form of an academic article of publishable quality, a policy “white paper,” meeting professional standards, or a similar undertaking. The Master of Environmental Law program can be completed in two semesters, or spread over up to three years. 


  • LAW L858 Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • LAWM L705 Introduction to Legal Analysis and the Legal System (3 credits)
  • Graduate Seminar (3 credits)
  • Capstone project (3 credits)

For the remaining credit hours necessary for the Master of Environmental Law degree, students may choose from an array of courses from law, environmental, non-law, and non-environmental offerings, (Note: generally, non-environmental and/or non-law courses are capped at six credits that apply toward the degree, unless otherwise pre-approved).

Elective Courses: Environment and Law 

  • LAW L844 Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • LAW L864 Admiralty 1 (3 credits)
  • LAW L879 Admiralty Seminar: Marine Pollution (2 or 3 credits)
  • LAW L819 Construction Industry & Sustainability Seminar (2 credits)
  • LAW L913 Disaster and Policy Law (2 credits)
  • LAW L975 Energy Law and Policy (2 or 3 credits)
  • LAW L929 Energy and the Environment in International Law (2 credits)
  • LAW L976 S50 Environmental Law and Policy: Florida Keys (May Term, 3 credits)
  • LAW L886 Environmental Law Seminar (2 credits) (may take more than one), including:
    • Law and the Climate Crisis; 
    • Environmental Enforcement and Compliance; 
    • Hot Topics in Environmental Law
  • LAW L834 Environmental Justice (2 or 3 credits) (Note: this course also satisfies the Law & Poverty requirement)
  • LAW L911 Introduction to American Indian Law: Overlapping Jurisdictions (3 credits)
  • LAW L837 Land Use Law (2 or 3 credits)
  • LAW L835 Natural Resources Law (3 credits) 
  • LAW L896 Professional Seminars (2 credits) (may take more than one), including:
    • Green Building
    • Introduction to International Law of the Sea
    • Professional Seminar in Public Health
  • LAW L856 State and Local Government Law (2 credits)
  • LAW L922 Toxic Torts (2 or 3 credits.)
  • LAW L838  Oil and Gas Law (3 credits) 

Elective Courses: Other (non-law courses, generally up to six credits total, unless otherwise pre-approved.) 
Remaining course offerings, including those at main campus, with instructor approval and graduate level work added. Examples include:

  • RELS V265 Eco-Feminist Theologies
  • PHIL W245 Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL U243 Environmental Philosophy
  • SOCI A355 Environmental Sociology
  • ENVA A194 Foundations in Environmental Science
  • ENVA A105 Foundations in Environmental Studies
  • HIST Q236 Historical Geography 
  • HIST Q234 Technology, Nature and the West

For a fuller list of possible courses, review the topics below in the undergraduate bulletin:

Environmental courses
Food Studies courses
Business, Decision Science and Entrepreneurship
Political Science courses 
Sociology courses

Please note: not all courses are offered every semester. For more information, please contact Marianne Cufone, Director Environmental Program.