Environmental Metrology & Policy


The Master of Science in Environmental Metrology & Policy (EMAP) Program at Georgetown University is a pioneering graduate program developed jointly by Georgetown University, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The program is designed for ambitious and aspiring U.S. and international students who have undergraduate degrees in any field. With the ever-present uncertainty in understanding environmental issues, those with the proper knowledge and education will become impactful leading environmental stewards by shaping the future of environmental policy

Those students interested in career paths in interdisciplinary fields where a deep understanding of the ramifications of data/evidence obtained from reproducible scientific measurements is crucial to developing and implementing the most appropriate environmental policies will find that this degree program is ideally suited for their needs. The program is also suitable for traditionally trained scientists who seek alternative career paths and for governmental staff and private sector employees who need a higher degree to advance their careers in either environmental metrology or environmental policymaking or their combination.

With its premier location in the U.S. capital and its close geographic proximity to both NIST and EPA headquarters; other governmental policymaking agencies; and numerous non-profit organizations, which altogether comprise the very center of the environmental policymaking world, the EMAP Program at Georgetown University offers the best combination of experiential learning, training, and practice of the highest quality with abundant career opportunities to enrolled students who aspire to become a new type of interdisciplinary leader and practitioner in the field of environmental metrology and policy.

More details can be found at:  http://emap.georgetown.edu

Degrees Offered

  • M.S.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2018

March 1, 2018 (international (non-U.S.) applicants)

April 1, 2018 (U.S. applicants)

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School’s Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.


Please be sure to review the program’s website for additional information on program application requirements.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official Transcripts (all prior institutions)
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE Score (optional, see below)
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (please see below)
  • C.V. or resume

The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination is desired but can be waived upon request for the Fall 2017 class. All applicants must submit a two- to three-page Academic Statement of Purpose addressing in detail their intellectual interests and proposed topic(s) of graduate study.  In addition, all applicants should have a B.S. ot B.A. degree in a STEM field, with a min. 3.0/4 GPA; and have successfully completed  1-year General Chemistry/lab; 1 semester Organic Chemistry/lab;  1 semester Biochemistry/lab; and 1 semester Quantitative Analysis/lab.  Other admission requirements include three letters of recommendation, an academic statement of purpose, standardized tests (see below) and an application fee.  Please contact the department directly for further information about the writing sample essay.

Official hard copy transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

  • Office of Graduate Admissions
    Attn: Credentials – (Envir Metrology & Policy)
    Box 571004
    3520 Prospect Street, NW, CB-207
    Washington, DC 20057-1004


Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are desired, but can be waived upon request for the Fall 2017 class (contact the Program). There is no minimum required score on the GRE. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution.  Information on registering to take the GRE can be found at:   http://www.gre.org/ttindex.html


All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English).

All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (iBT test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  TOEFL information: http://www.ets.org/toefl/

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.5 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: http://www.ielts.org

Degree Requirements

Graduate students in the Environmental Metrology & Policy program plan their program of study with a graduate faculty member.

With approval from the Programs’s Director of Graduate Studies, students may take up to six hours of course work in another department or at other institutions in the consortium of universities of the Washington area.