Sustainability, M.S.

Saint Louis University’s Master of Science in sustainability prepares you to address the social, economic and environmental issues stemming from dynamic interactions between humans and their environment. SLU’s Center for Sustainability also offers a dual degree program that combines an M.S. in sustainability with an MBA.

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About the Program

M.S. in Sustainability

The core courses of SLU’s graduate sustainability program equip you with a variety of frameworks, theories, skills and experiences you need to apply sustainability knowledge to real-world problems. You will formulate research questions based on personal interests and professional ambitions and pursue them using various targeted research methods. Your research generates usable knowledge that you — in collaboration with practitioners and policymakers — can apply to complex sustainability challenges.

M.S. in Sustainability/MBA Dual Degree

Graduates of SLU's MBA/M.S. in Sustainability dual-degree program earn both a Master of Science in sustainability and a Master of Business Administration. The program structure allows students to receive both degrees faster than if they pursued them separately.

Our M.S./MBA in sustainability program is designed for students interested in the critical link between business and sustainability. You will learn to understand, anticipate and navigate the complex and evolving landscape of social, fiscal and environmental practices and policies in a low-carbon economy.

This program includes a study abroad component. For two weeks between the fall and spring semesters, students take an international trip to study foreign-based business cases, attend guest lectures and gain valuable hands-on international business experience.

For students interested in advanced study of sustainability issues, SLU also offers a  Ph.D. in Integrated and Applied Sciences with a concentration in sustainability science.

Program Highlights

SLU’s M.S. in sustainability leverages your undergraduate training and professional experience by cultivating systems thinking, applied research and problem-solving skills valued by employers in business, finance, technology, higher education, engineering, government, nonprofit, consulting and other industries. Individuals with advanced knowledge of sustainability science and related environmental, social and economic issues are well-positioned for diverse and rewarding career opportunities.

Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s sustainability master’s program is a 30-credit-hour degree that you can pursue on a part-time or full-time basis. Students typically complete the program within two years, and most courses are offered in the evenings. Students can choose to take all 30 hours as coursework, complete an applied research capstone project or write a traditional academic thesis:

  • Coursework-only option: 15 required hours + 15 elective hours = 30 credit hours
  • Capstone option: 15 required hours + 12 elective hours + 3 capstone research hours = 30 credit hours
  • Thesis option: 15 required hours + 9 elective hours + 6 thesis research hours = 30 credit hours

Required courses include:

  • Sustainability Foundations
  • Research Methods
  • Environmental Aspects of Sustainability
  • Sustainable Business Practices
  • Sustainability in Society and Cultures


  • Martin O. Braeske
  • Dean Burns, AICP
  • Jae-Teuk Chin, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Coffin, Ph.D.
  • Thomas Crawford, Ph.D.
  • Jami Curley, Ph.D.
  • Jack Fishman, Ph.D.
  • Damon Hall, Ph.D.
  • Jason Knouft, Ph.D.
  • John Langa, MCP
  • Allison Miller, Ph.D.
  • Phil Minden
  • Tim Montgommery, AIA, LEED AP
  • J.S. Onesimo Sandoval, Ph.D.
  • Nitish Sing, Ph.D.
  • John Wagner, Ph.D.
  • John Woolschlager, Ph.D.
  • Abuduwasiti Wulamu, Ph.D.
SLU’s Center for Sustainability provides a network of alumni to help students obtain internships and develop their careers. Graduates have been employed in various fields by organizations including:
  • Ameren
  • Boeing
  • City of St. Louis
  • Missouri Library Association
  • Monsanto
  • St. Louis Earth Day
  • Sunnen
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid
Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis and include tuition scholarships of nine credit hours per semester during the nine-month academic year. Recipients also receive a stipend and health insurance. Graduate assistants spend no more than 20 hours per week working for the University.

Students can also apply for fellowships and other financial assistance packages.

Applicant Criteria

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum GRE scores: verbal: 153, quantitative: 151, writing: 3.5

To apply, you will need 

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Professional goal statement/personal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadlines

The priority application deadline the fall semester is Jan. 31.The final deadline to apply is July 1. International students should apply by May 1. Students who apply by the priority deadline will be considered for assistantships.

Review Process

Review of priority applications begins in February. All other applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.