Where students earn a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies or Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, as well as a Master of Arts in Media and Communication

ESC students major in environmental studies or environmental science and take advantage of special access to media and journalism classes to prepare them to apply for a master’s program focused in journalism or strategic communication. This program is a unique partnership between the Hussman School of Journalism and Media and the Environment, Ecology and Energy Program, with support from Honors Carolina.

IMPORTANT PROGRAM CHANGE: Following the successful launch of a one-year journalism master’s curriculum in summer 2023, UNC Hussman is set to launch a new, one-year curriculum in strategic communication in fall 2024. That means, a true dual degree program is no longer needed for students to earn both degrees in five years. However, we will retain a “pipeline” for environmental studies and environmental science students interested in both degrees. Those students who attend our ESC advising sessions each semester can reserve spots places in MEJO undergrad courses in preparation for applying to the master’s program.

This program might be for you if:

You’re fascinated by science, and people, too.
You’ll gain a broad understanding of the most critical environmental issues of our day, immersing yourself in subjects ranging from biology to economics and sociology. Through study in the field, you’ll have experiences like snorkeling with sea turtles, learning ecology in the Galapagos Islands, or studying firsthand how European countries are cutting carbon emissions.

You want to help others understand how the world works. Or you want to craft messages that inspire others to take action.
You’ll study with both top scientists and award-winning communicators. You’ll discover how to make science accessible and exciting to the public. And you’ll gain skills in public relations, social media marketing, photography, broadcast journalism, writing, or graphic design that will make you a stand-out employee.

You’re ready to get started.
This program is a fast track to careers at nonprofits, eco-conscious businesses, or media organizations. And though the program is rigorous, no GRE is required for admission.