Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses

Graduate studies in Environmental Science and Policy is an interdisciplinary program at George Mason University. Therefore, appropriate courses may be found in a number of academic units within Mason.

The graduate-level courses listed below either have an environmentally related theme or they have been used as part of an ESP graduate student’s coursework plan. This list has been compiled from recent Mason course catalogs and is not intended to be comprehensive OR representative of current course offerings.


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Since there are courses that are regularly being created by the ESP department and other GMU departments, there may be courses that would count as a methods, natural science, or policy course but have not yet been added to the spreadsheet.  Please email the Graduate Programs Director to be advised on any course in question.

Every student is required develop an individualized Program of Study to meet their specific needs in consultation with their advisor and the Graduate Programs Coordinator. For current course offerings, consult the Schedule of Classes. For all course offerings, please consult the GMU University Catalog (choose the catalog year that applies to you).


Internships (EVPP 894) may be taken for credit for students admitted to our degree programs. Work must be Environmental Science and Policy related work. Supervisors must have a terminal degree or the student must be supervised by someone with a PhD. Students must complete an Internship Contract and submit it to the Graduate Office to be considered for an internship and give it to the host supervisor for signature. Once the host supervisor has agreed to the internship, the student should give the “Supervision of Internships” handout to the host supervisor. After careful review by the ESP Graduate Programs Director, the student will be registered for EVPP 894 by the Graduate Office. When the student has completed the internship and the written material has been graded by the host supervisor, the host supervisor must email the Graduate Programs Director with a grade.


Graduate and professional courses are also offered by the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, a modern, innovative gold LEED-certified learning venue within the 3,200-acre Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. The School engages undergraduates, graduate students and professionals from around the world in a range of compelling, trans-disciplinary programs in conservation biology. The participants thrive in an atmosphere of creative, critical and analytic thinking on how to search solutions to some of the most intractable conservation problems facing society today. The School’s integrated approach incorporates natural science, social science, economics, policy and management. The SMSC offers access to the world famous Smithsonian’s unique living collection of endangered species and ongoing conservation biology research and field work; forests in neighboring Shenandoah National Park; connection to wider Smithsonian resources; as well as linkages to Mason’s comprehensive academic programs, faculty, students, and facilities. The SMSC is rapidly becoming a benchmark for innovative education for current and future generations of conservation biologists, policymakers, and global conservation leaders.

CONS COURSE Registration and Scholarship Process for Mason Graduate Students

A. Formally apply for a space in the course by completing the SMSC application form online. You can find the link within each course’s webpage. All courses currently open for graduate credit are listed here:’ll need to have a recent CV (.pdf or .doc or .docx) ready to complete the process.

B. All scholarships should be coordinated with Dr. Larry Rockwood in the Department of Biology at

All materials must be sent in by the course application deadline–for specific deadlines and more course information, see The SMSC will then respond to you with an admissions decision as well as instructions about how to register and pay for the course. If you have questions, please email