Through an innovative curriculum and internship experience, we emphasize
Exposes students to diverse areas of environmental policy and management, including:
- Conservation biology
- Water resource management
- Public land management
- Environmental analysis using GIS and statistical methods
Ideal for current practitioners interested in career and leadership development. Students get:
- Access to state-of-the-art labs and instruments
- Hands-on expert-led workshops
- Networking opportunities with established practitioners
- Accepts a new cohort only in the Fall semester (August) of each year
- Classes held at FIU’s I-75 (Miramar) Campus
- Classes meet on Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 9:00 pm) and Saturdays (9:00 am – 4:45 pm) only
Wholeprogram costs $30,000 (All fees are subject to change)
- Total of 36 credit hours (4 semesters) required to graduate
Explore the curriculum that will prepare you to launch your career in private and public sectors with international and non-governmental organizations.
Get to know current and former students from our program:
- Cohort 5
Maria F. Briz is a Faculty Assistant at the University of Miami with more than a decade of experience in management. Maria spent her formative years in Ecuador, and she is fluent in Spanish and English. Maria is also conversational in French and Italian. After raising her four children and working for the Disney Company for more than 15 years, Maria returned to school. In 2015, she graduated from FIU with a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability and the Environment, a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Sociology, and Undergraduate Certificates in Agroecology, and Spiritual Studies. As an undergraduate student, Maria interned with Paradise Guild where she garnered experience restoring and creating habitats around South Florida. She is an avid gardener and has vast experience growing succulents and roses. Maria is also a meditation teacher. Maria joined the Professional Master’s Program in Environmental Policy and Management at FIU, and she expects to graduate in the Fall of 2019. Maria’s goal is to work in the environmental field and to pursue her passion for exploring the complex relationship humans have with their environment.
Patrick completed his undergraduate tenure at FIU with a Bachelors in Biological Sciences. His current interests are within the green infrastructure realm as it relates to urban ecosystems. He is also interested in land management, specifically with the policies and regulations as they relate to conservation and multiple-use. Patrick calls South Florida home and focuses many if not all of his research efforts on improving the landscape, efficiency, sustainability and even the culture of South Florida. It’s a continuous effort that requires numerous participants but he is definitely up to the task.
Jackson Coate is an EPM-PSM graduate student with a background in commercial fishing and an interest in fisheries policy. Jackson is a commercial fisherman in Pompano Beach who specializes in swordfish. After graduation Jackson wants to get involved in fisheries policy and management in addition to potentially pursuing a further degree.
Stephanie De Leon
Stephanie De Leon is a native Floridian, born and raised in Miami. She completed her B.S. in Environmental Studies with a Certificate in Agroecology from Florida International University.
She has extensive knowledge, application, and practice in environmental conservation, as this is her passion. She also participated in several research internships in India and Peru, where she proposed a recycling plan for municipal waste disposal and monitored indicator species of butterflies for detecting climate change in the Amazonian rainforest.
Currently, she works for Miami-Dade County in the Division of Environmental Resources Management.
Stephanie decided to further her education with the Professional Science Master's in Environmental Policy and Management graduate program to advance her knowledge and career in the environmental field. Her philosophy is that the future of our planet and its natural resources are best protected through sound research, management, and environmental compliance.
Hailing originally from Upstate New York, Sarah has called South Florida home for over a decade. She has been involved in various aspects of education in under-served communities for her tenure here in Florida. Her interest in issues of education and equity have extended into those pertinent to the environmental field. Sarah’s interests are at the intersection of educational outreach and advocacy and ecological restoration efforts. In full commitment to this, Sarah began her Master’s of Science in Environmental Policy and Management at FIU after having completed a certificate in Coastal Studies at Halmos Oceanographic Center.
Originally from Novi Sad, Serbia, Jelena Kolarov graduated from the University of Novi Sad’s Faculty of Technical Science with a degree in Environmental Engineering.
Much of Jelena’s early work was in NGOs, working with teams to promote the development of rural land with a focus on preserving that land’s fertility. She is a firm believer in both eco-friendly horticulture and agriculture.
Jelena has spent both her educational and professional career dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the global environment. She made the commitment to further her knowledge by pursuing a Professional Science Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Management.
Jelena has a strong passion for the preservation of natural habitats in urban areas, eco-friendly urban farming, and emphasizing the importance of urban green-space planning as it relates to human health and general well-being. She plans to continue to focus her professional and personal time to this passion as she works to build the skill set essential to a productive career in environmental conservation.
Andrea Catalina Mesa is a Professional in Government and Foreign Relations with emphasis in Management and Business Administration of the Externado University of Colombia. Ms. Mesa has three years of experience working in the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Cundinamarca (CAR) located in Colombia in the Administrative and Finance Environmental Department and in the Foreign Affairs Office. Also, she has experience working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia thru the General Consulate of Colombia in Miami. Andrea is currently doing a Professional Science Masters in Environmental Policy and Management at Florida International University.
Originally from Massachusetts, Andrew graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. While attending FAU, he also participated in Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute’s Semester by the Sea Program where his research focused on the health of the Indian River Lagoon and the impacts of invasive species on local food webs. Following graduation, Andrew became an accomplished PADI instructor, allowing him an outlet to promote Florida’s unique marine environment and the importance of its protection. After getting involved in coordinating underwater cleanup efforts and aiding in the implementation of artificial reefs, Andrew decided to pursue a degree that would allow him to not only study marine and coastal habitats, but to take the necessary steps to protect them.
Jaime Trinidad is a professional Industrial Engineer of the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo. Jaime has a Certificate in Human Resources and a Bachelor of Science degree from Barry University in Professional Administration as well as a Master of Arts in Administration.
Jaime is currently working at Collins Aerospace System subsidiary of United Technologies. He has experience as an AutoCAD & Drafting Instructor at the ATI Career Training Center. Jaime has held the position of Lead Technician Machine Shop and Rotor Shop at UTC Aerospace Systems. He was a coordinator of Environment, Health & Safety at Hamilton Sundstrand Miramar and is currently a Return to Service officer at Collins Aerospace System in Miramar, Florida.
Jaime is enrolled in the Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Policy and Management program at the Earth & Environmental of the Department at Florida International University.
Most of Jessica’s professional experience has been as a Field Biologist for Florida Atlantic University. For 9 years Jessica was contracted to South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to work on the Kissimmee River Restoration Project. She left FAU to work in Alaska, for the Bureau of Land Management, as biological technician collecting reference stream data. She is currently a Scientist with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), working in the Water Quality Treatment Technologies (WQTT) section.
Jessica acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Biology from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. After completing the PSM-EPM program with FIU, she plans on continuing with her current position at SFWMD and using her new knowledge to help with the science and policy needs in the Stormwater Treatment Arear (STAs).
- Cohort 4
- Cohort 3
- Cohort 2
- Cohort 1
Chari Adams Smith
Maureen E. Uriewhu