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Georgetown University Announces New Master of Science from the Earth Commons Institute and the Walsh School of Foreign Service

Press Contact: Justine Bowe, The Earth Commons:

Building on Georgetown’s legacy as a leading university located in the heart of Washington, DC, the Master of Science in Environment & International Affairs will equip tomorrow’s leaders with an interdisciplinary education at the intersection of environmental science and international affairs. The program is joint between Georgetown’s Earth Commons Institute, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Foreign Service’s Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) Program. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Georgetown University announced the Master of Science in Environment and International Affairs (MS-EIA), a graduate degree program designed to meet the growing demand for experts with both environmental scientific literacy and policy expertise to address the most pressing global environmental issues of our time. The university will welcome the first cohort in August, 2024.

“Every day, the global climate crisis accelerates,” said Marcus King, Director of the MS-EIA. “If we hope to respond successfully, we cannot silo our approaches. That’s why we created the MS-EIA program: to equip emerging leaders with the interdisciplinary expertise to tackle environmental challenges at a policy-level and via transnational collaboration, with scientific know-how.”

The integrated degree is based on Georgetown’s historic Washington, D.C. campus and brings together prestigious university faculty, including STIA director Joanna Lewis, to offer three rigorous concentrations centered on creating a more sustainable future: Global Sustainable Energy Technology & Policy, Global Environmental Science and Policy, and Environmental Science and International Security. 

“A priority for the Earth Commons Institute at Georgetown is to apply an interdisciplinary approach to the world’s environmental challenges, bringing faculty from all academic disciplines together and merging their unique expertise to tackle issues such as the climate crisis, food and water security and the sixth mass extinction,” said Peter Marra, Dean of the Earth Commons Institute at Georgetown University. “These are global issues and we’re proud to build on this approach and partner with the Georgetown School of Foreign Service to create a program that encapsulates our interdisciplinary focus, and aims to cultivate a balanced understanding of science and policy on an international scale.”

Applications for the MS-EIA program for the 2024-25 academic year are open now. To learn more about the new program, please visit the website here


Georgetown’s Earth Commons Institute is a hub for environmental and sustainability innovation, research and education to accelerate action on the most pressing issues of our earth. Assembling a team of interdisciplinary experts, researchers, leaders and students, the Earth Commons is transforming the university into a living laboratory and developing scalable solutions for a greener, more sustainable world.

Founded in 1919, the Georgetown School of Foreign Service is a premier school of international affairs. SFS provides a rigorous education grounded in both theory and practice while instilling the Jesuit value of service.

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