Environmental Conservation Education (MA)

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Program Description

The interdisciplinary approach of the MA program in Environmental Conservation Education draws on both theory and practice and integrates the natural and social sciences with education and fieldwork to help students gain an understanding of the profound effects of human activity on the planet and the role of education in solving environmental problems. The program draws on faculty from a wide variety of disciplines within the University, including education, history, philosophy, law, journalism, science, health, and the arts.

The integration of coursework with required fieldwork provides students with a unique urban experience in environmental education. The program makes ample use of the vast resources available in New York City, through which students study contemporary environmental issues and programs; evaluate, develop, or implement educational initiatives for children, youth, and adults; or undertake applied research in environmental education. Students complete internships in a wide variety of organizations, including New York City Audubon, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Jane Goodall Institute, New York City Soil and Water Conservation District, the United Nations, Rainforest Alliance, the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Coordination, Wildlife Conservation Society, High School of Environmental Studies, Harbor School, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Wave Hill. The University’s own Sustainability Initiative provides additional opportunities for involvement and learning.

Career Opportunities

The program prepares individuals to assume leadership roles in schools, nonprofit organizations, cultural institutions, and government agencies. Graduates work as educators, program managers, consultants, advocates, administrators, and community leaders. In addition to careers in education, graduates pursue careers in policy, advocacy, the media, and numerous other professions in the public and private sectors. Some graduates go on to law school or doctoral programs in environmental education, environmental studies, environmental science, and related areas.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.