The Master’s Project (MP) is the capstone experience required of all Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Forestry (MF) students. The MP is an integral, culminating part of the professional and educational experience at NSOE, for which students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they’ve acquired in the classroom to tackle real-world environmental issues. During completion of the MP, students design and carry out a well-formulated and defensible analysis of a management-related problem. The MP should expand students’ awareness and skill sets relating to their field of study and may be used to showcase their abilities to future employers after graduation. All MPs culminate in a public presentation at an end-of-semester symposium, and a written report that becomes part of the Duke Library electronic archives.

A group of students (4-6) or on rare occasions, a single student, will then be matched with the project. Work on the project will begin in March of the student’s first year and be completed during April of the second year.

Projects Requirements

A Master’s Project should:

  • Make data available for analysis, or include a plan for assisting students in obtaining data.
  • Align with interests, expertise and capabilities of students and faculty.
  • Ask a well-defined environmental science, policy or management question.
  • Be completed within the master’s project timeline.

Faculty Expectations

  • Meet with the student on a regular basis, at least every other week, to provide advice and feedback throughout the MP process.
  • Help the student formulate a researchable problem and question and devise a research strategy
  • Provide timely feedback to the student throughout the MP writing process

Please fill out this form to submit MP Idea