Foster a healthier and more just world

An Education to Help You Solve Real World Environmental Problems

Combine your passion with a degree from Antioch University and master the knowledge, strategies, and tools to lead effective environmental change.
Our 170-year history of delivering visionary, progressive, and interdisciplinary programs will help you strengthen your capacity for collaboration and leadership while developing the disciplinary depth and career skills needed to meet environmental challenges.

  • Flexible, personalized course structure and a robust selection of online and low-residency programs to fit your busy schedule
  • Collaborative environments that place an emphasis on learning through meaningful interactions with other learners
  • Experiential learning that extends beyond the confines of the traditional classroom
  • Small interactive classes offer a supportive and engaging environment, and ability to network with like-minded individuals in your field

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Next Start Date

Summer 2024


Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate, Certificate


Online , Low-Residency

Hear From Our Alumni

So many of us seek to improve our communities and world meaningfully—but it’s not always clear how we can combine that work with our careers. Hear from two of our alumni who are doing just that.

Antioch’s theory-informed, practical, and focused curriculum encourages the application of systems-based analyses and engaged scholarship while integrating science, policy, humanities, education, and service. Faculty have the experience and cultural perspectives to help you connect scholarship and service, enabling you to focus your doctoral research on critical environmental challenges important to you and your community.

Our graduates are some of the brightest scientists, managers, educators, and activists in the field. Throughout their study and after completing their doctoral program in environmental studies, our graduates approach their careers with new perspectives on the ethical, moral, and leadership issues that face our global community.

66 credits | low-residency | offered by New England campus

Through a transdisciplinary curriculum that includes shared seminars in diverse learning communities, and individualized work within your chosen specialization, you will enhance your ability to address issues of equity, ethics, and social justice to bring about solutions to complex problems of practice.

Conduct in-depth inquiry into currently pressing questions about the relationship between our professional practices, the land base, and natural resources required to sustain these practices, as well as the larger sets of law, policy, and normalized procedure that organize and orient these practices systematically in either more or less sustainable forms.

66 credits | low-residency | offered by New England campus

The world needs you to preserve biodiversity, work for environmental justice, reinvigorate science education, guide communities in planning for climate change, and promote sustainable practices in organizations, schools, and businesses. As a team of passionate advocates, educators, and mentors, this is our mission and commitment to our students. Our Master of Science will help you become part of the next generation of environmental leaders working towards a more sustainable, healthy future.

Graduates of our MS in Environmental Studies program are employed in every sector of environmental work, from private consulting and regulatory enforcement to education, leadership, government, advocacy, and the arts.

36 Credits | Online/low-residency/campus-based options | 5 concentrations | offered by New England campus

Gain the knowledge and skills—and build the professional networks—to become an effective advocate, advancing solutions including just energy transitions, equitable adaptation to a changing climate, biodiversity conservation, and good government and corporate social responsibility.

36 Credits | Online/low-residency/campus-based options | 5 concentrations | offered by New England campus

Ecology, fieldwork, statistics, geographic information systems, interdisciplinary conservation issues.

36 Credits | Online/low-residency/campus-based options | 5 concentrations | offered by New England campus

Learning science and sustainability content along with teaching/facilitation techniques and program design for non-formal settings such as nonprofits, nature centers, aquaria, higher education (e.g., sustainability coordinators), farms, and community-based initiatives.

36 Credits | Online/low-residency/campus-based options | 5 concentrations | offered by New England campus

Gain the skills to work with learners to explore compelling scientific phenomena and classroom and community-based problems. Infuse and integrate science education with interdisciplinary environmental studies.

36 Credits | Online/low-residency/campus-based options | 5 concentrations | offered by New England campus

For students whose interests are not covered in our existing programs, options include nature and writing, conservation and communications, agriculture and community, art and environment, ecology, and psychology.

36 Credits | Online/low-residency/campus-based options | 5 concentrations | offered by New England campus

The challenges facing us require resource managers who can bring diverse stakeholders together to solve complex environmental challenges. Communities, organizations, and decision-makers need guidance and facilitation on how best to prepare for climate change, ensure water and food security, and approach energy and materials management sustainably.

Antioch’s Resource Management and Administration (RMA) degree embraces an interdisciplinary approach to addressing complex challenges, and it is designed to prepare students to lead and manage projects and organizations in the environmental field. RMA is specifically training students for professional positions within a regulated environment, which is informed by the influences of political and economic systems.

30 credits | online/low-residency | 2 concentrations | offered by New England campus

This program combines intensive curriculum, online course delivery, and The GREEN Program’s award-winning immersive experiences abroad. Get ready to bring the textbook to life and travel to three of the world’s top destinations to experience sustainable development challenges and solutions firsthand.

30 credits | online/low-residency | 2 concentrations | offered by New England campus

A transdisciplinary program of study that prepares students to take a leadership role in marshaling and coordinating the required resources to address the complex environmental challenges of a changing landscape in the context of a changing climate.

30 credits | online/low-residency | 2 concentrations | offered by New England campus

Whether you are currently a community college student, a busy parent or worker, a veteran, or an international student, our Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, Sustainability, and Sciences completion program is designed to support your personal, academic, and professional goals. Students are taught by engaged faculty with environmental expertise. The program prepares students to be practitioners in the field, empower students who may already be dealing with environmental justice issues in their own communities, and provide optional field courses for experiential opportunities.

Explore numerous disciplines, including global studies, science, economics, health, ethics, culture, and leadership, within experiential and engaging coursework. Coursework pays special attention to issues of equity and justice-mindedness, particularly as environmental hazards and climate change disproportionately impact poor and marginalized groups in societies across the globe.

Apply up to 75 semester transfer units, and learn about prior learning credits. Become part of a powerful community of engaged students of all backgrounds, and acquire the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience to meet your goals.

100% online | Bachelor’s completion program

Our Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree completion program is designed to support your personal, academic, and professional goals at any point in your life or career path. Our approach to learning and teaching is reflective, experiential, and engaging, led by experienced faculty who demonstrate mastery in their professions. 

The Environmental Studies concentration explores numerous disciplines, including global studies, psychology, business, and multiculturalism, within experiential and engaging coursework.

Apply up to 135 quarter (90 semester) transfer units, and learn about prior learning credits. Become part of a powerful community of engaged students of all backgrounds, and acquire the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience to meet your goals.

On-Campus | Santa Barbara

This concentration prepares students for work and/or graduate studies in a wide range of fields, including social entrepreneurship, community development, social change advocacy, environmental stewardship, climate change activism, urban environmental education, public policy & law, urban design and government agencies (departments such as parks, utilities, social services or neighborhoods).

A highly interdisciplinary concentration, Urban Ecology engages students in the study of political economy, food systems, environmental justice, cultural studies, policy studies, urban planning, education and social change. This program educates students to take innovative leadership roles with communities facing the challenges and opportunities of dense urbanization, a growing urgency for social justice, and quickly evolving environmental conditions.

On-Campus | Seattle

This innovative program recognizes the unique needs and realities of our local and regional human and ecological communities.  Students receive the necessary training to become effective change-makers who can envision a socially, economically, racially, and ecologically just future. Urban Studies is offered as a major or minor area of concentration of the BA in Liberal Studies degree at AU’s Los Angeles campus.

Our Urban Studies Concentration explores and celebrates the unique needs, lived experiences, and realities of our human-made and natural communities. The Urban Studies curriculum incorporates the study and practice of political, historical, cultural, ecological, legislative and economic analysis, social movements and revolutions, as well as media and the arts. Students are engaged in learning from and interacting with the people and communities who represent and impact our environment and experiences, training to become effective change-makers who solve problems and enter real-world careers in social justice.

On-Campus | Los Angeles

Do you want to be more effective and employable as an agent of change for equity, inclusion, and justice? If you have training in community development, labor studies, law enforcement, criminal justice, public safety, or paralegal studies, Antioch’s Bachelor of Applied Arts in Urban Communities and Justice (BAAUCJ) is the ideal degree for you. Because we recognize the value of your prior training, the BAAUCJ accepts professional credits that other degree programs do not transfer in.

Through coursework and hands-on learning, you will gain skills in community organizing, social change-making, environmental and economic sustainability, and leadership. You’ll explore how race, gender, citizenship, and age, as well as social and economic disadvantages, impact our communities.

On-Campus | Los Angeles

Climate change education is essential for addressing the biggest environmental and social challenge in human history. We understand that to overcome this challenge we not only need to inform the public but we must exponentially increase the number of advocates who are doing this work alongside us. Through mastering empirical scientific data, you will become an educator for one of the most pressing threats to a sustainable and healthy future.

9 credits | online | offered by New England campus

The impacts from a changing climate are visible and increasing. Build your skills, knowledge, and networks to take effective action. The Climate Resilience Certificate prepares professionals to incorporate resilience strategies into planning, implementation, and evaluation within any domain of resource management, community engagement, and environmental protection.

9 credits | online | offered by New England campus

Conservation Psychology is an emerging interdisciplinary field that promotes a scientific approach to understanding the reciprocal relationships of human beings with one another and the more-than-human world with the explicit aim of enhancing environmental and biodiversity conservation. Through coursework, this certificate introduces students and practitioners to conservation psychology approaches and tools.

9 credits | online | offered by New England campus

Educating the next generation of environmental leaders is essential to long-term sustainability efforts. This certificate will give you a solid foundation in educational techniques that can be used to inform others about the many actions that are currently being taken to save our natural environments and combat climate change. Coursework involves community ecology, environmental education, and field
techniques, along with an internship to apply these skills in a professional setting.

This 12-credit certificate takes place in person at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Minnesota.

Through community, workplace, and campus gardens, make healthy food accessible in every community to increase food security, mitigate climate change, and build community resilience. While this passionate and growing movement is gaining momentum, we still have a lot of work to do before every citizen has equal access to the fresh fruits and vegetables that should be a staple of their diets. We’re here to help you empower people to connect with the sources of their food, practice healthy eating, and build communities with a high degree of food security. In doing this work, we will strengthen personal, communal, and environmental resiliency and health.

9 credits | offered by New England campus

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are increasingly used for policy-making, scientific, administrative, educational, and recreational purposes. As GIS has become a vital decision-support tool, the national and international need for qualified professionals has grown at an unprecedented rate. GIS expertise is extremely portable because the methods of working with these data and tools are largely the same across applications.

9 credits | online/campus-based options | offered by New England campus

Organizational sustainability, leadership, and management skills are essential in nearly any environmental context. We’re here to help you gain the leadership, organizational management, facilitation, and community engagement skills to succeed in a variety of nonprofit, non governmental, academic, governmental, and/or for-profit organizational contexts. Understanding both internal and external organizational issues of justice, human rights, inclusion, and sustainability are essential to social responsibility and leadership.

9 credits | online/low-residency options | offered by New England campus

Gain the skills, knowledge, and tools needed to tackle environmental challenges.

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