The Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University is an international center of excellence in environmental and sustainability research and teaching with a focus on interdisciplinary and critical scholarship in energy transitions and climate change; environmental and resource governance; environmental justice, politics and humanities; and sustainable management of socio-ecological systems. We produce and disseminate knowledge informing policy and practice to support open, democratic and environmentally sustainable societies. We offer Masters and PhD education to future professionals and academics from around the world. Through cooperation with networks of scholars and practitioners worldwide, we serve as a platform for the exchange of novel ideas addressing key environmental and sustainability challenges in our focus areas.

The department has educated several hundred young people from over 70 countries who are now working in academia, international organizations, governments, NGOs and businesses around the world. The department offers both one- and two-year Master of Science programs. The 1-year MS Program in Environmental Sciences and Policy, established in 1994, is delivered entirely at CEU. A 2-year Master's program - the Master's in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (MESPOM) - was added in 2005 to expand the reach of our education globally, and is jointly delivered by CEU along with 3 other European universities; in 2010, 2 North American universities joined the consortium. The Doctoral program, introduced in 2002, offers up to 5 fully-funded Ph.D. places each year for scholars of outstanding promise.