Concentration Director's Message

Carolyn Kissane

Dear Prospective Student,

The Earth's climate is changing 10 times faster than it has throughout history. Nearly 1.3 billion energy-impoverished people lack access to the most basic energy services essential for the provision of clean water, sanitation, healthcare, and reliable power generation. In 25 to 50 years, 70 percent of the world's population will be urbanized, irreparably changing life in our cities. These, along with many other current and future global problems, need solutions.

In order to address the challenges facing our world, we need inspired, results-driven, and innovative leaders who are committed to making a positive impact. Students in the Environment/Energy Policy concentration have taken on this challenge and are exploring these issues with the understanding that the solutions require not just local and national action, but global change. 

The MS in Global Affairs Environment/Energy Policy concentration is providing the next generation of energy and environment leaders with the core skills, competencies, and rigorous analytic training necessary to make a difference. The concentration offers a collaborative learning environment characterized by a rigorous curriculum taught by world-class faculty members who are leaders in their fields. Courses focus on the specific skills and knowledge needed to work and thrive in the sector: understanding of and the ability to analyze and write energy policy; geopolitical and analytic thinking around climate change, energy trade, and the new economics and politics of energy; global electricity markets and the changing nature of power generation; environmental finance; economics and finance of energy; and political risk and strategic foresight. This comprehensive interdisciplinary energy and environmental education fosters linkages and partnerships amongst different concentrations within the NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs, preparing students to move seamlessly between the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

We hope you will join us in being part of the solution.

Carolyn Kissane
Clinical Associate Professor and Academic Director
NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs