The Nelson Institute offers three graduate degree programs (Environmental Conservation, Environment and Resources, and Water Resources Management) and two graduate certificate programs (Culture, History and Environment; and Energy Analysis 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.


environment and resources

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 »
professional programs

M.S. in Environmental Conservation

Two professional master's programs - Environmental Conservation and Environmental Observation and Informatics - equip graduates with the necessary leadership training and environmental knowledge to tackle their next career challenge and meet emerging challenges and demands. Accelerated, 15-month curriculum with on-campus and remote experiences.  more »
water resources management


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
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
Energy, Analysis and Policy considers factors that shape energy policy and decision-making and acquaints students with important analytical and assessment techniques.  more »

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