The Nelson Institute offers three graduate degree programs (Environmental Conservation, Environment and Resources, and Water Resources Management) and three graduate certificate programs (Culture, History and Environment; Energy Analysis and Policy; and Transportation Management and Policy) for students with exceptional interest in environmental studies. Each of the programs is interdisciplinary. Special combinations of Nelson Institute degrees and certificates are possible with other graduate and professional degrees at UW-Madison.



Environmental Conservation helps working professionals advance their leadership, conservation and management expertise through on-campus learning and remote experiences. The interdisciplinary curriculum spans planning, policy, professional development, and direct engagement with conservation organizations.  more »

Ph.D. and M.S.

Environment and Resources is ideal for students who wish to broaden their knowledge of natural resources or who seek special education in the technical, social or management aspects of environmental challenges. The program includes opportunities for customizable, interdisciplinary study not available in more traditional academic departments.  more »


Water Resources Management prepares students for the complexities of managing this critical natural resource through training in biological and physical sciences, engineering, law and social sciences. Students gain breadth in relevant planning and management areas while developing an in-depth knowledge of an area of specialty.  more »


Culture, History and Environment explores environmental and cultural change across the full sweep of human history from diverse perspectives in the humanities and sciences.  more »
Energy, Analysis and Policy considers factors that shape energy policy and decision-making and acquaints students with important analytical and assessment techniques.  more »
Transportation Mangement and Policy examines multiple dimensions of mobility management and planning and their relevance to the development of environmentally, socially sustainable transportation systems.  more »

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