Thoughts on Masters in Environmental Management programs? UCSB, Yale, etc.

I have a non-technical degree (Bachelor of Arts) and have been in management consulting at a Big 4 the last 5 years. I want to pivot my career to do something more meaningful - make a positive impact in the world, rather than continuing to help rich corporations get richer.

Thinking that doing a Masters will help arm myself with environmental / sustainability knowledge and a network.

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You can always try to pivot with your B4 firm to the sustainability arm. Would be an easier transition and no masters needed. Might be a good idea to get an ISSP or a certificate program from somewhere just to show you’re serious about it

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I know some people who have done all sorts of degrees and got into sustainability, it’s a rather open field. However, your background may dictate what area you specialize in (e.g., if you majored in or work in finance, you may focus in on ESG/impact investing). That said, I have colleagues with the MEM from Yale and Duke. It’s definitely not just environmental in the traditional sense, there’s coursework in LCA, GHGs, and broader sustainability topics. I also have colleagues with the sustainability management degree from Columbia and U of Toronto. All are great options.

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Just a heads up, depending on what you're looking for, environmental degree may not be it. Sustainability and climate change do not equal environmental issues. There are separate programs for these topics, often more holistic and inclusive of other approaches to addressing issues

There is a Sustainability Management program at Columbia, I took that one in Canada. You'd have to do some market research

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