Yale Sustainable Food Program

Five-Year Joint Degree Program with the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

The Joint Yale College - School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Baccalaureate and Master’s degree program is a five-year program that is designed for undergraduate students who want to pursue a career in an environmental field. The program is designed to provide well-prepared Yale College students with accelerated graduate training in environmental science, management, and policy. Graduates from the School’s master’s degree programs have become highly successful leaders within government, corporations, non-profit organizations, and academia.

All Yale College students pursuing either a B.A. or B.S. degree in Yale College are eligible to apply for either a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) or Master of Environmental Science (MESc) degree, regardless of major. Normally the School awards master’s degrees following two years of graduate study and admission is offered only to those holding a bachelors degree. This program accelerates the master’s degree program through careful integration of undergraduate curriculum with graduate requirements.

Yale College students interested in the five-year joint degree program should apply to the program at the end of the fall semester of their senior year. Applicants interested in applying to the MESc should make an appointment to talk to the F&ES Office of Admissions at fesinfo@yale.edu prior to applying.

Preparation for the five-year joint degree program

F&ES welcomes individuals from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds including the biological and physical sciences, engineering, social sciences, mathematics, humanities, or interdisciplinary programs. However, the Admissions Committee favors applicants who have successfully completed a combination of the courses listed below before beginning a master’s degree program. For this reason, it is highly recommended that an applicant for the five-year joint degree program complete the following coursework. If this coursework has not been completed at the time of the application, a plan for completion by the end of the senior year should be provided in the application.

  • Quantitative methods: Two courses (calculus, statistics, linear algebra, discrete mathematics)
  • Biological sciences: Two courses (biology, ecology)
  • Physical sciences: Two courses (chemistry, physics, geology/earth science, hydrology/soil science)
  • Social science: Four courses (anthropology, economics, political science, sociology)
  • AP courses taken in high school and acknowledged by Yale College may be included.
  • Non-Yale college courses may be approved by the Admissions Committee.

For more information about the program, to apply, and to learn about financial aid, please click here.