Environmental Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government
The Kennedy School trains students to assess challenging problems involving the environment and natural resources, to design and evaluate policy responses, and to shape strategies for bringing about change.

To provide students with the skills to affect environmental policy, the School offers a variety of courses on environmental and natural resource topics aimed at both masters and doctoral students. See the links below for a sampling of Kennedy School courses with significant environmental content, along with other relevant Harvard University Courses. The underlying theme of the curriculum is to expose students to a range of disciplinary perspectives, including natural science, economics, politics, management, and law, within the context of environment, energy, and natural resource policy.

Students enrolled in the HKS Masters in Public Policy Program may develop a program focused on environment within the concentrations of International and Global Affairs, Political and Economic Development, Business and Government Policy, or Social and Urban Policy.

The School also offers a two-week executive training session relevant to environmental policy for senior public and private sector individuals entitled Infrastructure in a Market Economy.

Climate Change and Energy: Policy Making for the Long Term—a new Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program—will convene U.S. and international policymakers and corporate leaders to address the policy solutions and implications of one of the most critical global public policy issues of our time.

Harvard University Center for the Environment Course Guide

For a comprehensive listing of courses on the environment at Harvard University, see the Harvard University Center for the Environment’s Environmental Course Guide. Courses are listed by Harvard school—including the Kennedy School—toward the end of the Guide.

Consortium for Energy Policy Research Course Guide

A listing of courses in energy policy at Harvard University, MIT, and Tufts University may be found on the web site of the Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard. Economics courses may be found by clicking on the appropriate university at the top of the page and then scanning or searching.

Degree Programs

The Kennedy School's masters and doctoral programs attract students with diverse backgrounds and environment-related interests.