Graduate Program in Sustainability
Saint Louis University's graduate degree program in sustainability was developed through a unique collaboration between the College of Arts & Sciences, the John Cook School of Business, the Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, and the College of Education and Public Service. The program's unique, interdisciplinary curriculum trains leaders to understand the cascading issues and systemic challenges surrounding society's increasing use of our decreasing resources.
Graduates from traditional masters programs often find that they end up working just to "make a living". In challenging economic times, they might not find any work at all. The Saint Louis University Master of Sustainability degree helps graduates pursue work that they are passionate about, while building careers of compassion.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics identified sustainability related skills as critically important across multiple industries.
- The Council of Economic advisors reports that "green" jobs are expected to grow faster than any other occupation through 2016.
- Industries connected to the built environment are expected to add 8 million sustainability related jobs to the U.S. economy before 2013.
- Growth across industries related to the environment is expected to drive earnings higher for individuals with advanced sustainability competencies.
The mission of the graduate degree program in sustainability is to provide an integrated learning environment that emphasizes sustainability as a unique discipline. To meet that end, the program works within the following framework of program level objectives:
- Holistic: The program is interdisciplinary and focuses on whole systems. It takes into account the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of sustainability, an approach sometimes referred to as the "triple bottom line."
- Humanistic: The program embodies the principles of service and justice found in Saint Louis University's mission statement.
- Collaborative: The program recognizes that individuals must work together to address complex problems.
- Applied: The program focuses on the application of knowledge to address real world problems.
Program OutcomesEducational outcomes are specific goals that are attained by graduation. The graduate program in sustainability program prepares graduates to achieve the following educational outcomes:
- Define sustainability.
- Identify how the concept of sustainability is connected to issues of social justice, the environment, and the economy.
- Recognize how local, regional, and national policies and actions have global impacts.
- Explain how principles of ethics apply to diverse issues such as population growth, poverty, habitat quality, biodiversity, and energy use.
- Demonstrate skills related to building common agreement among stakeholders at the micro, mezzo and macro levels of sustainability issues.
- Collect and organize information on sustainability through appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods.
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills needed to disseminate information about sustainability among diverse audiences.
- Compare and contrast a variety of theories and models of sustainability.
- Examine resource limitations and opportunities and develop holistic and integrated approaches to resource management.
- Assess how laws and institutional approaches inform effective policy making and implementation.
- Evaluate environmental, economic, and social impacts of real-world projects.
Graduates of the masters program in sustainability go on to apply their diverse, interdisciplinary training in many different fields including business and finance, technology, higher education, engineering, government, and consulting. Graduates and interns have been employed by:
- Antea Group
- City of St. Louis
- Fifth Third Bank
- GreenTown Joplin
- Reinsurance Group of America
- Saint Louis University
- U.S. Air Force
- US Bank Community Development Corporation
- Waste Management